When it comes to mobility, or flexibility for Jiu Jitsu, I think we can categorise further into static mobility and movement. Static mobility is when you perform flexibility work on your limbs or joints in one set position, for example yoga. Movement then comes applying that new found range of motion into various different positions as you move through space.
This game came about from just sitting with my baby daughter, watching her move around and playing with her on the floor. I noticed that while trying to move around on the floor if I was holding her, I was quite limited in my movement if I didn’t place my hands of elbows on the floor. So, I started to experiment with different positions I could flow between, while being sat on the floor, all without using my hands.
The muscles of the hips is much broader than just the hips flexors, so getting truly healthy and flexible hips for Jiu Jitsu, requires a much broader approach than just some simple hip flexor stretches. Just to name a few, some of the muscles impacting hip movement are the adductors, the quads, the psoas, the hamstrings, the lower abdominals. Its all interconnected.
Lastly, never forget to focus on nose breathing throughout the entire routine. Our body predominantly relies on oxygen to fuel our movements during Jiu Jitsu, so the more you train you breathing off the mat, the better your breathing will be, and you will be, on the mat.