If you want to improve your BJJ game, you have to be active about it outside of training. You have to do your homework; watching videos and instructionals, writing down notes, thinking about your mistakes in training… And, also, watching match footage.
However, there is such a thing as wasting your time while watching match footage. There are limitations to it.
Robert Degle shares his opinion on the matter:
Studying match footage is very valuable but it’s important to also be aware of its limitations.
There are times when you simply can’t see clearly extremely important details because of bad camera angles or visual obstructions. That’s why you must always balance your study of match footage with real world experimentation.
Get on the mats and test things out while trying to account for as many variables as possible.
Degle emphasizes that you should view the match footage study as a map that’s guiding your overall BJJ progression:
A map is a useful tool to help you avoid wasting precious time. But, due to its character as a form of general guide, it can’t point out everything you may encounter.
For that: you’ll have to get into the field and figure it out through trial and error.
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