Don’t be Afraid to Work Outside Your Wheelhouse
In the grand scheme of things, I haven’t been doing Jiu Jitsu very long, but I have come across some ideas that I think are Important in any grappler’s growth. The idea I’m talking about today is one of being well rounded. There’s a certain strength with being a foot lock master or a triangle machine, but what happens when those techniques are shut down and you must resort to the using the rest of your Jiu Jitsu? Is it up to par with your “A” game? The reason I ask these questions is because I want you to look at where you’re at and what you can do to improve to be the best grappler you can be. Currently, I don’t have any special gifts physically that allow me to specialize in one area or another, so I look to find balance in my Jiu Jitsu. Building what I can on top and bottom to find the best way to finish my opponents. Don’t be afraid to try new techniques in areas where your game has holes to fill them or, at least, make them as small as possible. It will be hard and uncomfortable at first, because with all new things, we aren’t inherently great at them. With time; however, the techniques you pick up can be just as lethal as your current “A” game. I’m not claiming that my way of thinking is the best way to train, but in my experience, it’s certainly helped me. Ultimately, we all walk different paths within our time on the mats and the goal of this post is to help people think differently about how to grow and gain confidence in their abilities on the ground. So, regardless of what you do going forward, keep training, keep learning, and have fun.