Tim Tebow is taking his training to a new level. NFL.com reports that Tebow is training with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in California. Responses to that report indicate fans feel Tim Tebow should work on his passing skills instead of playing around with MMA. I disagree with most of the responses. MMA training may do more to help Tebow's game than working on routine drills and passing mechanics.
I hold a blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do, so I understand the value that martial arts training brings to any sport. A quarterback requires balance, good foot work and speed. Jiu-Jitsu, a Brazilian form of martial arts, is all about balance, foot work and speed. It is a sport based on take-downs and grappling. Jiu-Jitsu will help Tebow build strength--especially in the legs.
The New York Jets' backup quarterback will benefit immensely from Jiu-Jitsu. The gain in flexibility will help Tebow with his passing game. Balance and foot work will make him difficult to sack. Overall, MMA training is good for Tim Tebow and good for the Jets. I think every football player should have some form of martial arts training.
Cross-training in other sports is a way for athletes to improve their game. It is an effective training tool. Tim Tebow is not training with just anyone. He decided to train with the best in the field. Ryron Gracie is an amazing trainer and UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub will give Tebow a run for his money in the sparring ring.
The result of serious training in Jiu-Jitsu will result in a faster, stronger and more focused Tim Tebow. If he takes his training seriously, he will be a force to reckon with on the field--as a quarterback or on special teams.
Look for Tim Tebow to be a different ball player this coming season. I expect him to show more composure in the pocket, which will lead to a higher percentage of completed passes. He will be the backup quarterback for the New York Jets this season--after that, it is anybody's guess.
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Lynda Altman grew up just outside of New York City. She has been a Jets fan all of her life and hopes they have a winning season in 2012. You can contact her @LdyJetsFan on Twitter.