Principles of Grappling

Are you getting the most out of your training rolls?  Are you being to competitive?  Is your focus to only tap out your opponent?  Do you ever start in bad positions or work on specific things?

Remember, not only is your volume of mat time important, but using a thoughtful mind to optimize your practice time is equally important.  Relax while rolling and remember these keys:

  • Always be comfortable and safe.  Find positions where you are defensively sound and able to breathe and protect yourself
  • Put your opponent in positions of weakness.  two arms on one, leg vs. arm, apply leverage, pressure with positions, etc
  • In every position evaluate your posture/grips, hip pressure and placement, and base.  These are the fundamentals.  Focus on these elements and forget singular positions and crazy submissions.
  • If you want to be good at a concept or positions you have to spend hours there.
  • Remember the 80/20 rule.  80% of your success will come from 20% of your techniques.  So what should you spend more time on???  Fundamental positions that are proven to work and your Tokui Waza (favorite technique).


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