It is impossible to describe BJJ unless you include the idea of pressure.
Since most of BJJ is played on the ground,
you are consistently making contact with the ground and your opponent…
there are multiple pressures.
From the top position,
there is the pressure on the ground and on your opponent
that keeps you from falling over
which is also called the Base of Support…
But there are other pressures you apply.
You apply force to your opponent
in order to make space to move to your next position.
But there is one more pressure that is placed –
specifically on your opponent.
It that pressure I want to explore for the moment.
BJJ is a race,
a race to the final position,
In order to win that race,
you want to speed yourself up,
slow your opponent down,
or hopefully, both.
Pressure is one of your weapons to do that.
As you are transitioning to where you want to go,
you want to stop your opponent from following you…
otherwise you cannot get ahead in the race.
In order to do that,
you have to place a pressure
counter to the place you are going to –
a counter-pressure, if you will.
Evaluate each position you are in
and the pressures you are placing
Make all the pressures be relevant
to where you are going
not losing your balance as you are getting there
and keeping your opponents from following you.
That is effective and efficient BJJ
and MA, in general.
There have been some times when you’ve
grabbed your bag
made it to BJJ practice
and left feeling better, doing better,
and feeling glad you went.
But there are other times when you haven’t wanted to go,
you went, had a horrible practice,
and left wishing you hadn’t gone.
You’ve also had times when you’ve come back off of a layoff
and had an incredible practice
having done better
having practiced so infrequently.
This doesn’t apply to just BJJ, by the way.
I’m sure you’ve had similar occurrences
in the gym.
I wanna share with you a simple experiment
you can use to determine if going to BJJ
is going to be a good idea.
Get down on the ground.
and whatever else.
Now, ask yourself:
Do I feel better?
set down your Jits bag and
consider that your time might be spent
doing something other than BJJ today.
This isn’t where this approach ends.
You can use a similar approach to
ascertain what part of your game,
such as top, bottom, standing, etc…
would be better to work on today.
It’s what we do in THE MOVEMENT to determine
our workouts, eating, thinking…
Try this out
and let me know your results.
When I got “injured,”
I came back about a week later to see how it was.
It was experiment.
There was an opportunity cost.
I knew the risks.
It felt alright during, couple twinges.
So, when do I come back?
Do I need to be a 100% in order to train again?
You hear many fighters tell us
as their coaches have told them,
“No one goes into a fight 100%.”
But what about those of us who don’t fight?
When do we train again.?
The short, and obvious answer is:
Whenever training doesn’t make us worse.
But how do we determine that?
One way is to use all of the fundamental motions
and perform them.
If painless, increase the speed.
Then I recommend going to class
and drilling all your game with with a compliant partner
then move to Advantage Rolling.
If at any time any of the movements hurt,
avoid those positions, continuing to avoid live rolling
and work to recover those Ranges of Motion in the Gym.
Recovery is a natural process
that may be sped up
but most certainly can be slowed down.
If you’re a Martial Artist,
be a Martial Artist for life.
You will get better.
Wait for it.
You don’t have to be 100% to train
but you don’t want to lose percentage points from training.