BJJ Grrl

"Be gentle, kind and beautiful, yet firm and strong, both mentally and physically." ~Sensei Keiko Fukuda

Staying awake on a Tuesday

on September 4, 2012

Was up late at the football game. Team came back to tie in the last 44 seconds, then won in overtime. Groggy this morning.

Was too tired to go in for lifting this morning. Not going to get to train anything until BJJ on Wednesday.

But fear not, I will leave you bereft for so long. Check out this article from Ryron Gracie, “Sparring with Black Belts”, about the mindset we lower belts should have when rolling with black (and other higher) belts. New twist on the “10,000 hours” rule, too.

I like this part:

Second option is to roll with a level of awareness and admiration for the techniques where you begin almost allowing yourself to land in dangerous positions just to observe or study your opponent’s technique.

This is how I roll with the higher belts: I actively seek out “dangerous positions” just to see what they do and how they do what they do. I find that one of two things usually happens: either I eventually figure it out on my own or they notice that I’m getting caught the same way every time & offer advice about what they’re doing and how to prevent it.

Then I can decide if I should avoid the position at all costs (e.g., when they get that position, there is a 100% chance they will finish a submission in 3 more moves) or if I can play there (i.e., I’m still high enough in their decision tree that I have several options that do not end in an automatic submission). And I can also start using it against other people. 😉

It seems to me the options when rolling with anyone are:

  1. Try to beat them
  2. Try to learn from them

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