In Jiu Jitsu, just like any competitive sport or art, we want to learn as fast as possible and follow a steady upward climb of improvement. Every now and then I like to review how I'm training and evaluate what is working, what isn't, and whether I'm on track or wandering off.
So why is the key to my improvement mean tapping more often on the mat? Let me explain.
When I'm at open mat I usually focus on a couple concepts each month. Or so I thought. Looking back I seem to have shifted from "learning" to "not losing". Two totally different strategies, leading to very different rates of improvement. If I am focused too hard on winning/not losing, than I am playing a very closed game--one that focuses only on using my strengths. That mind-set is for competition, not for open mat or training. If I open my game up I'll be tapping more, probably a lot more. I'll also be learning more, building up the weak parts of my game and pushing through the plateaus to the next level. BJJ as we all know is a very long journey. I realized it's time to get off the familiar road that I know, and go down some of those side roads along the way. I'm sure some will be dead-ends, but I have no doubt a few just might turn out to highways. Now if I could just find the Autobahn...
See you on the mats!