If anyone knows me, they know that I like to talk and meet new people. When I am training, I always like to find out more about the people that I am training with other than their favorite move to tap me out with. I like to find out things like how long they have been training, their family, and especially if they are strength training. I have asked some of the top competitors that I have taken privates with, like Claudio Calasans, Demian Maia, Andre Galvo, the Mendes Brothers, etc, this same questions and the answer is always the same…YES.
So why is it that most of the people that we find ourselves training with on an every day basis at the academy, are not strength training. Here are my top 2 answers that I am given:
1. Strength is not needed for BJJ 2. Don’t have the extra money for a gym membership
Both are fine answers, but unfortunately completely wrong. Let us address one issue at a time, the fact of the matter is BJJ is a physical sport that is full of grabbing, wrestling, and lets not forget mental toughness. Yes I agree that BJJ has always and will always be based on leverage, but lets not forget that without the ability to fight off the feeling of the lactic acid buildup in your muscles, you could possible lose a match in the final minutes…a match that should very well of been yours for the taking.