A GOOD OFFENSE…….
The best defense is a good offense. This is an old adage in sports and is true much of the time on the mats. Let’s look at a few examples of when this is definitely true and at least one time when this might not be the best philosophy.
This is true when you are in a dominant position. In fact you might say, launching a good offense in this scenario can keep you from having to play defense at all. Once you’ve secured a dominant position you need to be active, either looking to advance position or secure a submission. If you are idle it will give your opponent a chance to formulate a game plan, get their frames and grips set up, and execute an escape. On the other hand if you are relentlessly attacking they will be unable to do anything more than defend against your offense.
This is also a good plan in scrambles. While it’s true that coming out of a scramble in the most dominant position possible should be your first goal, an offensive grappler who is always looking to win by submission will find many opportunities in the chaos of scrambles. If you are looking, you can find an arm extended or a neck exposed. If you are always looking for the win by submission you will sometimes see an opportunity to start setting up a choke as you are passing guard or taking your opponents back. You will be finishing the submission before they have a chance to even start setting up their escape or defense.
The best defense is a good offense is often not true when you are in an inferior position. There are always exceptions and some people have a degree of success hitting submissions from unconventional positions. But generally speaking when you are in a position such as bottom mount, bottom side control, or your opponent has your back; your priorities should be defending and escaping. Trying anything other than fundamentally sound escapes from these positions often lead to easy counters from your opponent. Maybe the most classic example is trying to choke your opponent from within his closed guard which almost always leads to being armbarred.
In conclusion: it is almost always the best strategy on the mats to be active and relentlessly attacking. But be aware, sometimes you must defend and advance before launching your offense.
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This week we talk about making changes to your BJJ and developing a game plan. We break it down into 3 main steps: 1) Define the objectives 2) Get help 3) Do the work. You are the only person how is ultimately in charge of your BJJ development take responsibility and make it happen. To help you obtain your goal we strongly recommend that your write it down.
1) Define the objective– Make a realistic objective that is attainable but not too easy. Your objective can be a new move or you can try to change your style. You might decide to make one of your best moves (a brick) even better, or you could make a week area of your game stronger. Your objective could also be to drop a few pounds or become more flexible. It is up to you what you want to work on, make sure it is something that will pay off in the long run. Try to avoid picking a fad.
2) Get help– Tell your coach what you are working on, that way you two are on the same page. Get a small group of training partners together that will be able to help you. Find someone who is good at the area you are working on. Find a book that covers what you are working on, or watch YouTube videos(if you have not seen this YouTube thing, it’s pretty sweet).
3) Do the work– No one can do the work for you, and no one knows if you are working as hard as you can. The bottom line is you gotta work hard to make changes happen. At first making changes will be difficult, it will feel like you took a step backwards.
Toward the end of the show Byron explains how he is doing this 3 step process. He will be working on his back defense. He then goes through the 3 step process with his objective.
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1) Personal- More time with family, strengthening relationships.
2) BJJ- Build a solid defense against most Black Belts (I am a Brown).
3) Work- Take two relevant classes to develop my firefighting abilities.
I feel that all of these goals are attainable and worth doing.
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