Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Advice: Beware Of Tunnel Vision

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Advice: Beware Of Tunnel Vision

Ever experienced that feeling of tunnel vision when training – and/or even more so, while competing in a tournament?
This is a normal phenomena. However, you should be aware that it’s best to develop the kind of skills that will enable you to stay away from tunnel vision.

Why? Because tunnel vision will limit your ability to take into consideration the entire situation.
Brian Glick explains more:

The flip side of focus is a sort of tunnel vision – where we latch onto a strategy or a technique and try to make it work at any cost.
In the tunnel it’s easy overlook the actual circumstances – what is really there – because we have some “thing” we’re trying to do.

One of my teacher’s main instructions has always been about having an awareness of when it’s time to change from one system to another.

Glick emphasizes the importance of being able to “look around”:

If we don’t realize that the scenario has changed – that our partner has moved out of position, the distance is off, the angle is wrong – we end up working in the past, not the present.

Every once in a while we have to look around, see things as they’re happening and check up to make sure we are where we think we are.


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