BJJ Advice: Play It Loose To Learn & Improve

BJJ Advice: Play It Loose To Learn & Improve

Be honest with us for a second: when it comes to new positions and techniques in Jiu-Jitsu, how do you usually go about them in training?
Do you find yourself to be too “tight” when trying the new setups… Almost as if you’re trying to micromanage every single detail in order to make the technique work?

Well, here is the thing. If you’re too much in your head while trying to explore new avenues in BJJ, then you’re not going to improve nearly as much as you would in the case you played it loose.

Brian Glick explains why that’s the case:

The process of developing new ideas and integrating new skills is a both technical and creative.
To work, it has to be open-ended and loose enough so you can maneuver yourself into position.

Eventually you may need to tighten everything up – but at the outset, you have to be flexible enough to make a few mistakes so you can see what you’re missing.

In other words, you need to play:

Starting with tightness, pressure or competitiveness can actually be stifling, blocking the flow of ideas and associations you need in order to fully integrate something new into what you know already.


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