A teammate of mine recently expressed a desire to revisit some basics, and essentially fill in some holes in her jiu jitsu education/training after class once a week, and I offered to help: as both a reference and a drilling partner. It’s going to be a lot basics and fundamentals- firming up the foundation of her jiu jitsu to improve her overall game and knowledge.
Personally, I think there’s no shame in admitting there’s something lacking in your game, as long as you are then willing to do something about it. As much as we want to learn all the things when it comes to the sport, really there are only so many hours in the day, and inevitably something will fall by the wayside. Sometimes there are only so many things you are able to focus on, that one piece of the huge jiu jitsu puzzle will get the short end of the stick, so to speak.
There are some people that realize this, but push it off, ignore the holes in their game and just keep moving along. But I feel the people who will find the most success in jiu jitsu will be the ones who go back, correct those mistakes and fill in those holes in their game. There’s no shame in admitting you’re only human and that you have weaknesses that need to be worked on. Jiu jitsu is all about learning, growing, evolving, and sometimes to go forward you need to look back and fix what may be weak.
Just my thoughts for the day: have a great day everyone!
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Fundamentals win matches! It’s always the right time to focus on the core of your game.
Fundamentals win matches! When I first started getting the mechanics of the basic scissor sweep down, I became insufferable: I would grab another white belt and just drill moves between classes, during open rolls, whenever. People would want to roll, just go from the knees and get into it, but I wanted to drill, to do guard-passing, whatever. And it’s paying off! Grip-fighting, keeping a good base, keeping good posture, and practicing how to escape from sticky situations are all more important than flashy moves.
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Thank you for this post! I’m thinking of a quote, and for the life of me I can’t remember who said it (I want to say Kron Gracie?). But, it goes something like (paraphrase), “My jiu jitsu game is very simple one…I just apply basic techniques as perfectly as I can.” Anyway, this is a great post! Love your blog. Cheers!