You don’t have to specialize in any technique and can focus on getting good at them all or pick one and hone your skills dramatically. No one is better than another. You’ll find there are no bad positions in Jiu Jitsu if you’ve developed the skills. During a match or even a roll, it doesn’t matter what position you’re in there’s a way to overcome it. It’s all about changing your mindset and making each position an opportunity.
Just like in life, working with the position you’re in can change defeat to victory.
No matter what strategy you follow, if you think all is lost when you find yourself in what you believe is a bad position, all will be lost. That’s just a fact. You limit yourself and close your mind to strategies that might help you change the course of the match. Keeping an open mind will lead you to a strategy that can turn defeat into victory and overcome what you might otherwise have believed to be the end of the match.
Take time to identify your weaknesses and opponent moves that stopped you in the past.
Knowing your weaknesses is important. It means you can find ways to overcome them or avoid them. List all the positions on paper and identify the ones you use the most and the ones you need to train on more. Knowing each move more thoroughly will help you identify ways to overcome it. It’s all about training in more than just one technique. Only when you have a full command of moves, can you work on ways to defeat them.
You may be overspecializing.
While it’s good to know some moves inside and out and hone them to perfection, you can overspecialize and lose to people that have figured out your moves and how to overcome them. That’s why you always need to change and evolve. If you see a new technique you’d like to emulate, chances are you won’t be able to do it immediately. Continue to practice it in sparring and working with the technique until it becomes yours.
- Take time to focus on your weaknesses and work until they are no longer weaknesses, but strengths. You’ll recognize your weaknesses immediately by knowing which moves you dread. The more you practice the better you’ll become.
- If you find yourself transitioning to another position to finish off an opponent, try to finish in that position without the transition. It will be awkward at first, but can help you learn to be good at every position.
- While there are some generalities, which will help you win matches, remember, nothing in Jiu Jitsu is set in stone. It’s constantly evolving. What you learn today is a guideline.
- Learn to be flexible and not dedicated to just one type of position. The more fluid you are in your approach, the more likely you’ll be prepared for what your opponent offers in a roll.