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Old 06-30-2011, 03:52 PM   #7
Derek Weaver
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Greg and I had a great conversation at band camp once... Well not band camp but his CA Coaching Certification and the jist of it was simple. Do you want to be a weightlifter who does BJJ or BJJ player who athletically lifts weight?

It is hard to be all things all the time. I personally am a lot older and will go through periods of really hard BJJ with less lifting and heavier lifting with less BJJ.

No real answer here just a thought starter. Ultimately you should do what your body can handle. If you can handle heavier lifting and the training you need to become the martial artist you want go for it. If you do it and crash you might need to revisit the schedule.

Best of luck, BJJ is a great sport.
Word. Yin and Yang in everything. You need to look at things from a few different ways.

One is that you can be strong as hell and a beast in the weight room, or you can be conditioned well and stronger than most people you will roll with and clinch up with.

What kind of aerobic base have you got right now? The reason I ask is that someone like Derek S. could probably get away with more lifting, and let the class work take over for conditioning because he was, IIRC, into triathlons or something (correct me if I am wrong, Derek). Someone who goes from powerlifting into these sports may do well to reduce the lifting a touch, and work on building an aerobic base.

Look at Joel Jamieson's book for why this is so, and how to do it.

And keep your chin tucked.
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