Training Both Sides
When I started training, I noticed that it was easier to do techniques on one side, but harder on the other. I could perform the technique we were learning on one side with competency, but it felt completely foreign on the other. If you’ve done Jiu Jitsu for any amount of time you know what I’m talking about. If you become a black belt with your techniques on one side, but are a white belt on the other, you severely limit your potential in Jiu Jitsu. I’m not saying the same technique on both sides needs to be perfect, but to become a more overall Jiu Jitsu practitioner it’s important to work both sides to get your body used to the technique and be able to use it if necessary. This is the most prevalent with your escapes. Your opponent is most likely going to attack from their preferred side and sometimes, unlucky for you, it’s your bad side. It would be a shame if you aren’t capable of escaping from that side, because you never practiced it. So, I implore you to work both sides during class. Also, remind your training partner to do the same so you both can work the technique on both sides and what it feels like being done to you. It will help your Jiu Jitsu improve much faster than you think.