Yes you heard right, position, not submission, is the real name of the game.
I had a pretty good career in BJJ competitions by most accounts. I wasn’t perfect by any means, but I’m happy to say I won a lot more then I lost.
What makes me laugh while I’m writing all this is that I shouldn’t have been any good. I shouldn’t have won the things I did.
I’m not talented at all. I’m not fast, strong, explosive, tall or flexible. I didn’t have any of the physyical tools all my training partners had.
But that didn’t matter, at least not in my eyes. I won mostly because I understood the two most important areas of successful BJJ, technique and position.
I had smooth and fluid technical skills (i’m still a fanatic for perfect technique) and it was very difficult for opponents to get me out of position.
I tried to always work from good positions while at the same time keeping my opponents in bad ones. That strategy served me really well and I’m happy at how things panned out in the end.
Become a positioning fanatic just like me!
If you spent a good chuck of your mat time working on positions like guard passing, sweeps, defense and of course turtle guard you’re on the right track.
Submission holds are fine too but don’t give up a good position for an attempt at a sub unless you’re also certain to get it.
If you really wanna be a monster at this whole BJJ thing spend a lot of time working on the following positions:
- Guard Passing
- Sweeps From The Guard
- Turtle Guard Offense and Defense
Make yourself extremely difficult to be taken out of position and you’ll do a whole lot more winning that’s for sure.
Training Tip of The Day
A great way to get some extra work in the area of position is to limit yourself to no submission holds one or two nights a week during the rolling portion of class.
By doing that you’ll be forced to focus solely on good position and maintaining control. It’s hard to do at first but over time you’ll see the results.
And If you’re one of the lucky ones you might even have some athletic ability to go along with good position. If that’s the case my god it won’t be long till you’re a freaking nightmare to roll with.
Give all that stuff a shot and let me know what comes to be. Remember I’m always down for some feedback so type away. Leave comments below or email me firstname.lastname@example.org