Stability Ball Wrestling

This is one of our favorite strength and conditioning drills for grapplers. It literally works EVERYTHING! With a training partner (preferably one of similar size/strength), grab a stability ball from opposite sides and simply try to take it away from each other. It is good to set some basic rules before you begin (no shin kicks, groin shots, etc.), but basically anything goes. Also, make sure you have plenty of room to move around. Obviously this is exhausting from a strength standpoint, but it will also put your heart rate through the roof! Enjoy.

Fighting For 1st – Lessons from Jason South

I am blessed to be surrounded daily by brilliant ninjas. I consider myself to be a respectable purple belt, but am humbled by at least one of my training partners nearly every time I step on the mat. I’m blessed with the opportunity to roll frequently with brown and black belts, super technical purple belts and some of the most talented blue belts I’ve ever seen. Honestly, I feel like I have the best team and training partners anyone could ask for. Every time I step on the mat, there is something to learn from my opponent.

While I learn volumes on the mat, occasionally, a simple comment off the mat changes everything I know about Jiu-Jitsu. One of these moments came in April 2011 where I had made the heavyweight no-gi finals of a local submission only grappling tournament. One of my teammates, Jake South asked when I was up next. I excitedly replied, “I’m fighting for 1st or 2nd right now!” Jake’s brother, Jason, quickly responded, “No. You are fighting for 1st.”

I had lost perspective. Subconsciously, I had already accepted that I might not win. Without realizing it, I doubted myself. I eventually did lose in a 20-minute battle, but the lesson will stick with me forever. I am always fighting for 1st.

Thank you Jason South.

Jason South is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt (Unified BJJ – Pedro Sauer Team) under John Carlquist, the current Steelfist MMA Pro Welterweight Champion  (12-2), and training partner to guys like Court McGee and Josh Burkman.