While running doesn't seem to be high on anybody's list of supplemental training methods for jiu jitsu practitioners there are a couple of benefits that some people may find.
1. It will help to develop your cardiovascular system in general. No, it's not the same type of cardio required for jiu jitsu, but especially if you've allowed yourself to get way out of shape -- any positive development of your cardio system is a good thing.
2. It can help you learn to listen to your body and regulate your output. In theory, if you can run a mile, you can run three... but most people run to fast, slow down, speed up.... get stressed -- run out of gas. That's kind of the same reason most newer jiu jitsu practitioners struggle with a couple of back to back 5 minute rounds. Running can help with pacing yourself and controlling your breathing.
3. If you have never ran more than a mile and the last time you did it was in jr high or high school gym class you probably think running 5K is impossible. So taking a couch to 5K challenge can be a tremendous confidence boost. You can prove to yourself that that you can accomplish difficult things. Jiu jitsu is all about accomplishing difficult things.
4. If you find that you enjoy running (I don't know why...but some people do) it will give you another option for training when you can't get on the mats.
Just some thoughts.
Posted : 20/03/2017 3:04 am