Being able to move well on the ground is the hallmark of a great BJJ player. You know it when you see it – the fluid transitions from one position to the next and the ability to stay balanced no matter what happens.
However, as most of us quickly find out, being able to move like that doesn’t come naturally or easily for a lot of us. And while time on the mats certainly helps, a lot of people still struggle with some of the basic movement and positions for years into their BJJ careers.
This is where adding some crawling into your BJJ program can help a lot.
Crawling is also some of the best core training you can do and works your body in ways that nothing else can. In fact, I’d say that if you aren’t doing some sort of crawling then you have a huge hole in your program that is costing you when you wrestle.
Luckily, it is easy to do since it doesn’t require any equipment or much space. In fact, you don’t really need any space at all.
In these two videos I show you how to do a Marching Bear Crawl and Marching Crab Walk. Both are really challenging and work on your core strength and balance.
Marching Bear Crawl
Marching Crab Walk
Try doing 2-3 sets of 5-10 reps of each one a couple times a week and see if you notice a difference in how you move when you roll.
Until next time…
BJJ Strength Training Systems
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