Ben Askren criticizes training methods in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools

Ben Askren says that BJJ training is not good enough!


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been deemed to be a highly effective fighting art, especially for MMA. But as the sport evolved through the years into an entity of its own, it has also been met by many criticisms.

During his appearance on a recent episode of the JRE MMA Show podcast, retired welterweight fighter and former NCAA Division I and Olympic wrestler Ben Askren pointed out what he felt were inefficient practices employed by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools. He specifically centered on the five-minute sparring rounds during training, and what he felt was the lack of drilling of techniques.

“We know, without a shadow of a doubt (that) just saying ‘go for five minutes’ is not the most effective way to train someone,” Askren said.

Askren compared the Jiu-Jitsu culture of training to that of wrestling, where he pointed out the major differences. “Funky” also expressed his frustration about the former, as he further stated his point.

“If I’m coaching at my academy, and we were drilling the front headlock, we don’t just say ‘OK, now go five-minute goes’ because how many tries are they gonna get at going at the front headlock position?” Askren said. “Maybe one, maybe two, but essentially most people, if you say ‘go for five minutes’, they’re not disciplined enough to make themselves do new skills. They revert to whatever they do best. And then they just do it over and over and over again.”

“If I want a kid to be good at a front headlock – which if you’re gonna wrestle at a high level, you need a good front headlock – I’m gonna put him in there 50 times in that practice,” he added. “He’s gonna get it over and over and over, and maybe the next day, it’s single-legs, and maybe the next day it’s double-legs. And maybe some days, you say ‘hey, go for ten minutes, go wrestle.’”

“But saying ‘go for five minutes’ every single day is very much not the most effective way to do it, and it’s so insanely frustrating for me to have that happen at almost every jiu-jitsu school in the planet.”

Source: By Milan Ordoñez

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