BJJ Advice: Make Them Carry Your Weight

BJJ Advice: Make Them Carry Your Weight

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is as much of a game of tactics as it is a game of skill.
Maybe even more so, actually, especially after you reach a certain level of proficiency – and as your training partners and opponents reach it as well.

So, if you’re going to improve your tactics in Jiu-Jitsu, one of the best things you could do is learn to make the opponents carry your weight, for prolonged periods of time.

Here’s why, as explained by John Danaher:

If you can make an opponent carry your weight in an inefficient manner for extended periods of time – you will exhaust him to a degree that moves that wouldn’t have worked on him at the start of the match will start working on him.

Of all the weapons you have at your disposal – time is one of the most significant – learn to use it well and your effectiveness on the mat will skyrocket.


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But then again, of course, you’ll have to be able to make transitions and apply sweeps and submissions as well.
In other words, you’ll have to learn how to string moves together, too. Danaher expands on this:

The ability to prolong the action by stringing moves together is a sign that you’re gaining real Jiu-Jitsu skill.

Don’t execute a move and stop – even as you execute a move be mindful of what comes next and you will soon find that success on the mats finds you more often than before.

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