Have you ever had a BJJ sensei inspire you so much that you wanted to change your life and dedicate it towards something positive? Eric was inspired to live a better life after a tragic event. Since then, he has dedicated his expertise in fitness to help other jiu jitsu practitioners. This is article is perfect if you are looking to improve your grappling and gain insight on BJJ from Eric Falstrault.
By the end of this martial arts story, you'll become inspired, learn something valuable for your training and have the option to dramatically improve your strength and conditioning capabilities even further.
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Full Name: Eric Falstrault
Belt Colour: Blue
Professor: Glen MacKenzie Gracie Barra Montreal west.
How long have you been doing jiu-jitsu for?
Where do you train out of?
Do you prefer gi or no-gi?
Have your instructors helped you in other aspects of life other than jiu-jitsu?
What are some lessons you learned from jiu-jitsu that apply to everyday life?
How often do you train?
What made you want to start training?
Do you plan on training your whole life?
What’s it about jiu-jitsu that makes it so addicting?
What has jiu-jitsu done for your physical health?
Has jiu-jitsu benefited your mental health?
If you could restart your jiu-jitsu journey, would you do anything differently?
What’s your advice for someone that’s never tried jiu-jitsu before but is interested in trying it?
Do you have any aspirations in jiu-jitsu?
What’s your favourite move?
If you didn’t discover jiu-jitsu, where do you think you’d be now?
Have any of your training partners pushed you to reach your full potential?
When you were first starting, what was the most difficult concept of jiu-jitsu that you had trouble getting?
If you could roll with any practitioner, dead or alive, who would it be?
If you had to describe Jiu-Jitsu to someone that's never heard of it before in under 5 words, what would those words be?
What has been the most memorable moment you've had on the mats so far?
What makes you want to inspire and motivate others?
Was there a difficult moment in your life where jiu-jitsu helped you get through it? If so, please explain.
What got you interested in becoming a strength coach?
For those that may not know, what exactly is a naturopath? And how can someone apply naturopathy to their lives?
What inspired you to create "Roll Strong(er): Strength and conditioning for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu"?
What are some simple exercises anyone can start doing today to improve their fitness for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
One of the first things we learn in martial arts and contact sports, in general, is that the head controls the rest of the body. Move the head and the body follows. So it goes without saying that a strong neck can save you from a few bad situations.
After a few months of guillotine and choke drills, you’ll notice a few gains in the traps generally. The major pains in the neck (literally) are the mid-back (trapezius 2-3) and scalene muscles, which are often twisted and stretched to their limits while rolling and trying to resist those chokes. Unfortunately, it’s part of the game.
For neck training purposes, I would advise going with very light loads. These are very small muscles and are easily to strain.
My go-to exercise to train the neck extensors is the swiss ball neck support.
Level 1 (top right) is done upright while you are holding the ball with the back of your head against the wall. Use a 3-second isometric contraction (push your head in the ball at max 25% effort) for about 3 sets of 10 reps.
Level 10 is done by bridging with only your head and shoulders on the ball, as the starting position. The goal is to lift your shoulders off the ball while pushing your head into the ball for 3 sets of 5 repetitions of 5 seconds isometric contractions. For level 2 to 9, come for a consult with our team
You can also use a weight behind your head and do neck extension face down at the end of a bench (bottom right) Reps of 6-8 with a slow tempo.
What is contrast training and how does it improve strength for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
What are some effective ways a martial artist can improve their cardio/conditioning?
How can someone optimize their rest and recovery protocols?
One must learn when to calm down, to take it easy, rest and restore, take a break from practice and training. This is where the efficacy of the periodization principle lies. Our body (and obsessive propensities) does not always recognize the early symptoms of overtraining.Many would want us to believe that overtraining is just an excuse for the weak, but that would be their weakness. Know when to ease off the accelerator and throughout the year, plan periods of rest, regeneration and refocus.
Don’t wait until you crash and burn, keep progressing by implementing this principle. This will prevent many overuse injuries and will add many more years to your practice.
Do you believe flexibility and mobility is important for combat sports? If so, what can someone do to improve these aspects of fitness?
How can someone contact you and learn more from your expertise?
What would you like to say to everyone that has supported you on your journey?
When the journey is over, how would you like to be remembered?
I always want to be a positive presence in everyone's life. If I can help people become better, body mind and soul, I have achieved my purpose here on earth.
If you enjoyed this article, I highly suggest you check out this strength & conditioning coach's functional training for injury prevention & recovery for more effective BJJ exercises. Looking for more helpful and inspiring stories like this one? You might also like to see how the jiu jitsu community was supportive of this BJJ woman as she battled cancer. Make sure to pick up a copy of Eric's book Roll Strong(er): Strength and conditioning for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for more helpful BJJ content.