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learning the O-lifts?

I just started doing Brazilian JuJitsu about a month a go. Its fun, but frustarating becuase alot of people in there are stronger than i am. I need more explosive strength and was thinking about learning how to perform the various olympic lifts. Is it possible to learn them your own, or is a coach a better idea, at least until i get my form down.

anton

It is possible to learn them on your own but it’s a lot easier if you have someone teach you proper technique so you can avoid developing bad habits. I taught myself how to do them only because I didn’t have anyone within 200 miles qualified to teach. If nothing else if you do decide to learn on your own make sure you get periodic videotapes of your technique and send them to someone who can assess your technique.