“We always learn more from the losing than the winning.”
– Yani Tseng
I had set goals for 2014, one was to compete as much as possible, I have not competed as much as I could have but on Sunday I competed for the second time this year.
The goal I set, “to compete as much as possible” I now realize is flawed.
I am going to do 100 shrimps on the mat before class tonight.
I am going to do technically correct and well executed shrimps on the mat before class tonight.
which would be the best strategy there ?
of course there is the fact that the more you compete the more comfortable you are with competing so I’m sticking with my “compete as much as possible” philosophy but more than just getting comfortable in the competition environment, I now appreciate how significant the opportunity to learn via competing is.
Being told something is different than learning it for yourself, Dion has told me all of this(significance of learning from competing), none of this should be surprising to me, but it feels like I just figured out something for myself.
What did I learn
I think everyone should compete.
but if you don’t want to compete I 100% respect that decision, while I believe everyone could learn from it, it is a lesson that can be, well..hard and I do not think anyone should be forced to compete or even made to feel they should compete.
realistically in my opinion competition is not really even required for BJJ although I think without it, BJJ wouldn’t be BJJ.(I think that was an oxymoron.)
Basically I don’t want to come across as pushing competing, it is a very personal thing, so this just me and my thoughts on a simple blog, nothing more.
Going into the competition on Sunday I was quietly confident, I wanted to do well.
in truth I was over confident, ego.
I have gone over the video of my match A LOT, it has now become a great learning tool, now I have to use that tool.
- My guard pull. That was my strategy, to pull guard, my opponent got the jump on me by initiating contact, I reacted with my own grips and pretty much just sat down, unlike how Dion shows where when you sit you have a foot into your opponents hip, I had no contact apart from my grips, he simply ran around me to pass, I ended up with a sort of knee shield and my opponent goes for Knee on Belly.
Drill Guard pulls I have been watching lots of matches from the 2014 worlds to see how the pro’s do it and I am going to focus on doing it how Dion has been telling me from the start!
- Half Guard. Eventually after the initial scramble I get to half guard, the video is hard to tell and my memory is a blur but I’m not sure if I secured the under-hook or if my right arm is around his head/neck either way I get flattened out.
Work half guard while we do work this position I just need to really focus on that under-hook, this is something I believe I forget to secure in class also, so UNDER-HOOKS!!
- Closed guard. At one point I end up in his closed guard, I stand straight up, I even remember controlling his right arm…BUT my posture, my posture is shocking.
Posture something I have struggled with and it has improved( I have only recently been able to bend forwards at the hips and have a straight back…..sometimes) luckily posture is something we do focus on, I just need to be more mindful of my posture, but in the particular case it leads into the next point.
- Grips. not once did I strip his grips, he had my lapel so deep he turned my Gi into a hoodie! I gave up grips easily and my grips ? well they could be described as death grips I also need to keep my elbows close to my sides.
one example of my death grips was when I stood in his closed guard I maintained a grip on his lapel! THROUGH HIS LEGS!!!!
Grips I need to work on stripping grips and more efficient use of grips, lesson for me is that a strong grip is not always a good grip, but a good grip can be a strong grip even if it is easy to strip.
- Being heavy. something I noticed was that I didn’t seem “heavy” in certain positions, this is something I will go over with Dion
Heavy Basically work my top game. oh how convenient that we are now entering our top control phase of our curriculum! so that is sure to help!
These are just some of the things I took from my roll that I want to work on, I have not yet gone over the video with Dion but I think I may take a private to review the match and come up with some drills/strategies to address issues.
I am really pleased I got to have a roll at this tournament, I have a great opportunity to improve and I am really excited to work on the areas that I need to.
Something I am planning to do from tonight, is focus on Position before Submission, using combat base more, “Feet, Knees, Hips”, eliminate space between myself and my opponent(I do love the floaty style though) and to focus more on grips, posture and my approach to Jiu Jitsu instead of the submission or “being dominant”.
I am going to ask certain people to roll with me as if it is a competition(you compete how you train) and others I will just roll how we roll and I can always flow roll with Nathan this should give me consistent opponents who can mimic the stress of a competition, the familiarity of a roll with a fellow student and the keep it playful style to experiment and try new things.