Even if your technique is phenomenal, if you don’t know where you’re going… You won’t fare far in Jiu-Jitsu.
That is to say, you need to have a goal. Both when you’re in the training room and when competing.
John Danaher explained why this is the case:
In a match there are myriad opportunities made available by the chaos of action that enable the athlete who keeps laser like focus on goals to identify opportunities and act on them immediately.
As they say, a good plan enacted immediately is better than a great plan enacted later. So too in jiu jitsu.
A decent move performed now is better than a mechanically perfect move performed too late.
Have a sense of direction and what you want to accomplish. That will carry you further than you’d think:
Just having that mental focus of where you want to be at all times will enable you overcome some shortcomings in technique and use opportunity as the path to the goal rather than mechanical perfection.
Know where you want to be at all times and when at any time an opportunity presents itself – you’ll be ready to get to your positional goals.
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