You know, fancy sweeps and smooth transitions are fantastic and all, but sometimes you need to get stuck into a bad place. It’s necessary for development: it sucks like crazy, but again they are necessary. Things won’t always go the way you expect them to, because that’s the nature of jiu jitsu: when you attack, there is a high chance that you are leaving something vulnerable. It’s a necessary risk that is taken. We always hope for a positive outcome to our risk, but sometimes the dice comes up snake eyes and the cards aren’t in our favor.
At our academy we tend to do positional training in both positions: the good and the bad, giving each partner something to work on.
Because sometimes it’s good to get yourself stuck between a rock and a bad place.