Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance by Kelly Starrett and Glen Cordoza is a lifesaver. This book explains how to avoid injuries through correct body mechanics, and is a blueprint to treating injuries that do arise. After my experience I consider it essential reading for anyone, especially those involved in body-brutalizing sports like Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo.
This spring, the past 25 years of abuse from judo, jiu-jitsu, skateboarding, and sitting at a desk came to a head and my hip / upper glute / lower back went on strike. I was pointed in Kelly Starrett’s direction by Andrew from Dig Deep BJJ and after watching some of the MobilityWOD videos, decided that I needed a copy of his book. The last month of putting these exercises to work has led me to believe that over the course of a lifetime, Supple Leopard will prove to be worth its weight in physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture receipts.
Lets first get this out in the open...A proper Warm-Up is just as important for any BJJ athlete as technical drilling and rolling. Most of the time, I look at some people when they are warming up and they look like they are going through the motions. They are talking about their crappy day at work, how the wife charged way too much on their credit cards, or just about football. These will most likely be the same people that now have to miss training because of injuries.
The primary purpose of a Warm-Up is to elevate the body temperature and prime the neuromuscular and cardiovascular systems for optimal performance, but also get your mind focused on the training session that you are about to be put through.