Music is a powerful tool.
It is used in adverts to sell to us. High tempos are pumped to us as we eat a McDonalds in order for us to eat faster, and leave. It affects the way we drive. It can calm us, motivate us, or annoy us.
Music affects my BJJ.
I have some favourite songs to play when rolling at my home space. Each has a different effect on the way I roll at that moment.
Pride & Glory – Troubled Wine
The upbeat rhythmic rock gives me rhythm. What I mean by that is, as I start to nod my head in time with the music I can feel my body start to react by feel rather than thought during the roll. This happens with a few songs, but this one in particular gives me this effect.
System Of A Down – Radio/Video
This song is fun, therefore make me have fun when I roll. I’m 500% more likely to go for something ridiculous when rolling to this song. The last time it was on I tried to cartwheel to pass guard. I can’t even do a cartwheel when not rolling lol!
Tool – Schism
For some reason the rhythmic base gives me focus, my mind is still. I am calm and have a clear vision of where I want to be or what I want to do.
I also think it’s cool that the person singing to me also trains in BJJ and that somehow resonates the lyrical tones with my psyche. (Maynard James Keenan is a Purple Belt under Rickson Gracie)
Pantera – Walk
This song has always amped me up, and does so when I roll. This song is amazing for hard rolling, it transports me back to days when I would spend my weekends in moshpits, headbanging my flowing locks.
I never used to get tired in a pit, you would simply not allow yourself to stop until the song had ended. That mentality helps when rolling hard. Keep going. Don’t stop. Walk.
Is there no standard anymore?
What it takes, who I am, where I’ve been
You can’t be something you’re not
Be yourself, by yourself
Stay away from me
A lesson learned in life
Known from the dawn of time
Riziero Ortolani – I Giorni Dell’ira
This is a western style instrumental that I discovered hon the Django Unchained soundtrack. When I roll to this I actually start to almost forget I’m rolling, I start to imagine the film, or I imagine a scenario, or I think back to playing ‘Cowboys and Indians’ as a kid. Not being in the ‘moment’ when rolling is strange.
Thinking about something else enables you to just roll.
Muscle memory, instinct, habit. Not over-thinking is liberating.
I’m looking for additions to my ‘Rolling’ playlist, comment with your favourites and what effect they have on you!