Yoga and martial arts – really a good combination?

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We investigate if yoga is a good combination to martial arts, for example brazilian jiu-jitsu, and if it makes sense to lift weights in addition to training bjj.

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  1. Hi, I’m new to bjj and I have trouble sitting on my heels when I’m in someone’s guard, my knees hurt and mi butt can’t reach mi heels, this causes my chest to lean forward and have bad posture, is this something I can fix by doing your yoga exercises? Thanks in advance

  2. Thanks for this Flo, really interesting video. Are you able to say a bit more, perhaps in another video, about your experience of the differences/similarities between practising yoga versus lifting for increasing strength, particularly in how they compare for meeting the strength and stamina needs of a BJJ practitioner?

  3. I'm a 10th planet blue belt with a rugby background. I used to lift heavy while playing rugby but now that im doing jiujitsu I feel like a major increase of mobility, flexibility, and hold/squeeze strength is more important since there is a lot of clinching in nogi. At most, I'll only do 1-2 days of a pure strength/weights workout per week. I'm just mostly doing 3 days of bjj with 2-3 days of yoga per week to stay in the game long term. Weights are just too much now.

  4. Awesome vid and topic. I’d like to learn about what you do for pulling, since thats often cited as a deficit of yoga. And with all the flowing and controlled movements of yoga, how’s that affected your explosiveness, if at all?

  5. Nice video. For me it’s really interesting to watch really flexible people roll. They are able to do things you cant see coming. I can imagine for a guy like you 10planet rubber guard must be a interesting thing to play with. Oss 🤙🏻

  6. Nice subject Flo! With more than 40 years practicing Karate Goju Ryu (currently black belt 2nd dan), and as a devoted Yoga practitioner, I believe its a powerful combination. Since I started practicing Yoga, I need less martial arts as a physical activity because yoga is very complete for me (combining endurance, flow and meditation). In fact, my daily practice is 90% yoga, but in my case, martial arts and bushido was the foundation of my current yoga practice (learning discipline, balance, mindset, etc). OSS!

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