Your number one goal when rolling during class is not to tap your opponent; it is to apply the right technique. By applying wrong or sloppy technique just to get the tap out means you are defeating yourself, not your opponent.
Simply put, if you’re not doing the right thing then you’re doing the wrong thing. While implementing the appropriate technique properly may not always work for you initially, you must trust and believe that doing the right thing consistently will set you up for success and improve your learning of Jiu Jitsu.
As you continue to study the art and practice trying to implement what is taught in class, you will improve and progress. Rolling by itself is not going to make you better at Jiu Jitsu. It’s implementing the right technique while rolling that is going to improve your game. Take time to study the beauty and intricacies of Jiu Jitsu.
Doing the wrong thing and cutting corners may work on occasion, but it’s only short term and will not work with someone who knows more BJJ than you. Worse than this, doing the wrong thing will hurt your learning of Jiu Jitsu and you will be developing bad habits that carry over in other areas.
While we are going to practice individual techniques, what we are going to work on a lot this summer developing the transition. To make an individual technique work is very difficult but when you combine two or three attacks (two or three techniques together) the chances that you will be successful in submitting your opponent becomes much higher. If you keep bouncing from one technique to the other, like an americana to armbar to a kimura then that combination has a higher chance to be successful since it wears out your opponent. The more time you spend in on transitional drills we will be doing in class, the better your Jiu Jitsu will become.
“Technique by itself is nothing if there is not a basic understanding of position and space. Jiu Jitsu is a war on space control. If I control the space I win, if my opponent controls the space he wins. The basic principle is, whoever is attacking has to connect his body on his opponents body to control the space. If I am attacking, regardless if I’m on the bottom or top, I want as little space between my body and my opponent’s body. The very same principle works the opposite way: if I want to defend an attack, I need to create space to then be able to escape.
One position that more obviously illustrates this is the closed guard. The person on the bottom has the primary goal of taking the opponent’s posture. Where for the person on the top, the most important thing before he opens the guard is to keep his posture (keep the distance between his body and his opponent). Though this principle is very obvious from the closed guard it is also true in any other position in BJJ.
We will be talking more about the principles of connection in the next couple of classes.”
We had a great time celebrating Atos Jiu Jitsu’s accomplishments and success at the 2016 Acts Awards last night. The gala was a great way to unwind after the IBJJF World Championship.
Thanks, Angeica, Iolanda, Carlos, Andre for putting this together. And congrats to those who were honored, and really to the entire team – because together we are stronger.
Not only are these some of the best BJJ athletes in the world, they are also among the best friends and family one could ask for. We are getting stronger every day and this upcoming year will be the best yet!
Today we got together to watch the black belt semi-finals and finals of the IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Thanks to everyone who came out. There is so much talent on the mats and we watched some incredible matches. Plus it is always a bonus to watch your very own Professor coach in the corner of the top BJJ talent in the world.
Our Atos teammates again fought with character and amazing technical skill and knowledge this entire weekend. Congratulations to Coach Josh and Coach Thatcher on their strong performances. We had great results and will come back even stronger next year.
And a huge shout out to Professor Tony Passos as he coaches today. He has dedicated much of his time preparing for this competition; studying and preparing mentally for the team’s success. In just one day, Professor Tony coached 10 matches for over 6 hours straight.
We are super grateful to each student for your support and commitment to Jiu Jitsu and our academy. It would be impossible to be where we are at right now, the biggest stage of Jiu Jitsu, without you all.