Want to train like the pros? Just follow these easy tips from La Jolla Sports Club!
As of this writing, USA has 13 (13!) gold medals: eight in swimming, two in gymnastics, one in cycling, one in shooting and finally, one in Judo (congrats to our team, but that at-deadline medal really killed the original intro paragraph). Seeing as how we are now top dogs in Judo and, like, everybody is going to be talking about it, and we here at LJSC like to be hip, we reached out to La Jolla Sports Club Personal Trainer and Meditation instructor, Bram Wiley, to help shed a little light on the sport and share a few exercises that’ll help land you a spot on the 2020 team. Or at the very least, relive your favorite Karate Kid II memories.
First, according to Bram–who has practiced Jiu Jistu for five years–is to join a sport-specific dojo. Jiu Jitsu was born out of Judo ground-fighting, the idea being that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage and taking the fight to the ground, applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. The Gracie family are credited with being the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so a good place to start might be right down the street at Clark Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
In the meantime, below are some movements you can do in the gym to get working towards those mats (click for an enlarged photo)!
Have you had the chance to grapple with Bram? What are some of your favorite moves? Let us know in the comments below!
Check back next week for our next Olympic-inspired workout. Enjoy the rest of the week / end and have fun watching the Olympics. USA! USA! USA!
// Your La Jolla Sports Club team