Daily Archives: August 21, 2013

BJJ Drilling: The Perils of Ignoring the Details

We’ve all done it at least once in class while drilling a technique: we zone out during repetitions, we go through the motions, we don’t quite pay attention to all the little details that make it successful. It’s not that we think that highly of ourselves: more often than not it’s usually when it’s a technique we’ve been taught before: the human mind is constantly looking for ways to be more efficient, and doesn’t want to spend the time and concentration on what it already thinks it knows. At least that’s what I tell myself every time someone spells my (full) first name incorrectly.

Anyway, this is a trap that we have all fallen into before, and something we really should be mindful of: as we all know, when it comes to jiu jitsu, the devil is in the details- you may find yourself grinding out a technique because you forgot exactly where to put your leg, hand, arm or weight. Why? Because when you left out those details when you drilled this technique: maybe you reassured yourself that you would remember when the time came, or those details just slipped to the back of your mind, which also happens. Now it’s time to put that technique to use and it’s not working, because all of those details are not a part of your muscle memory.

Again, this is something I am fairly sure we are all guilty of at least once in our jiu jitsu careers- life in general, even. We get distracted, or not fully understand a detail so we ignore it, thinking it won’t effect the overall outcome. Which sometimes, occasionally would be correct, but it would have been a lot easier if all the proper details and elements were there in the first place.

So be mindful of what you are doing when you drill: don’t worry about the quantity of repetitions you are putting in, but rather the quality since that is what will truly pay off when the time comes.



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