Breathing is such an unconscious bodily function, we often take it for granted. Many of us breathe the wrong way in our everyday lives, by only using the lungs. While there isn’t only one correct way to breathe during a Jiu-Jitsu roll, the breath should come from the diaphragm – the large muscle that separates your lungs from your guts.
Your breathing patterns can easily deteriorate into chaos when you train BJJ. You might be asking yourself: ‘’Is there a way to avoid this awful situation?’’ Yoga to the rescue again. Practicing yoga can help you learn how to control this by simply teaching you how to breathe more consciously during any activity.
What you’re going to need for this session (video below) is:
- A quiet place to sit down
- The absence of your phone – or at least turn off your notifications
- A door hanger that says Do not disturb (not essential but an added bonus :P)
Sebastian will guide you through his preferred style of breathing during jiu jitsu. There won’t be much talking involved, just breathing and getting used to controlling your breath.
We hope that by reading this post you got a good grasp on how important it is to be the master of your breath in Jiu-Jitsu. No one wants to huff and puff like they’re about to blow down a house with a piggy in it!
Don’t believe us? Then you’ve probably also never seen a video clip by the legendary Rickson Gracie, using his special method of breathing, one of his best-kept secrets. And judging from his titles, the guy knows what he’s talking about. So at least take it from him.