Flexibility Drills

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  1. jiujitzurero

    jiujitzurero White Belt

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    What simple yet effective home drills/exercises are available that can increase flexibility for the more exotic moves like gogoplata/omoplata/rubber guard?
     
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    The butterfly stretch is the key man. Get that down and you are well on your way.

    I also started out pulling my foot to my chest and stretching it that way. As it became easier over time I raised it to neck level and so on and so forth until I am where I am today. Foot behind the head flexible.
     
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    How long did it to you to get to the point where you can put your leg behind your head?

    Man, I would be happy to even be able to get my foot to my chest.
     
  5. Bram Wiley

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    I would pick a stretch or two for each muscle group in your legs and do those from 5-7 days a week.

    I can almost do the splits and I can pull my leg over my head, plus do a back walkover which was damn hard. I've been stretching 5 days a week for the past couple months and my flexibility has gone way up.

    Everybody I talk to who's flexible says the same thing, they stretch every or almost every day of the week.
     
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    It took me about 5 months to start getting it to the back of my head. I stretched fairly frequently also. Every day I would life weights I would turn on some music and spend about 20 minutes stretching out. Combine this with stretching before practice and it was quite a bit of stretching. It has paid off though.
     
  7. jiujitzurero

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    how old were you when you started doin this? I'm in my mid 20's...is it too late to gain flexibility for rubber guard efficiency?
     
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    Hey, I would *love* to be able to put my leg behind my head. I am only barely able to touch the tip of my big toe to my forehead (I achieved that for the first time last week). I may be the least flexible purple belt on the planet :)
     
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    omaplata does not require that much flexabilty. i know eddie bravo preaches flexability but i dont buy it. i am not that flexable and i use the rubber guard all the time and finished with gogo quite a few times. the key is having a high gaurd and making sure your opponent's hand is on the matt.
     
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    it helps if you have it though, less or no pain when your opponent gives you the stack.
     
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    I think its not the necessity that Eddie Bravo makes it out to be but being flexible certainly helps. Especially in retaining your guard. I find that people who have flexible hips in general are more difficult to pass their guards. Also hooking the persons arm whilst you have a persons back is also easier when you are flexible.
     

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