I’ve been doing a lot of live training lately. Sometimes I just allow myself to be lost in the flow of it, but this week I started a new thing (that I’ll describe in detail later) where I set a few goals for each training session. Goals have to do with submissions, sweeps, and taking the back, etc.
It’s kind of depressing looking at the number of submissions I’ve gotten versus the number of times I swept, passed, took someone’s back, etc. Many of the guys I train with will hunt the submission from every position and I mean every position. As a result, the two things I’m getting better and better at are: (1) scoring sport jiu jitsu points and (2) not getting submitted.
Going for submissions often requires that I risk losing position, and because I’ve been so focused on the latter, the former almost never comes to mind.
I guess I need a major shift in strategy during training. I’ve taken the back from closed guard 17 times this week so far (yes part of the new approach is me noting down such things). How many times did I get a submission from closed guard (e.g. triangle, armbar, omoplata)? Zero. How many times did I go for it? Zero.
I guess this post is an acknowledgement that I have a problem. That’s always step 1 of any solution.