Confidence To Be Wrong: A Must In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Confidence To Be Wrong: A Must In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

There are a lot of types of confidence in Jiu-Jitsu.

The confidence to go for a submission that doesn’t seem fully set up. The confidence to try an escape, even though you’re not sure of the outcome.
The confidence to attempt a transition, although the opponent could reguard… And so many more.

However, there is one type of confidence which triumphs all of these.
And that’s the confidence to be wrong.

It’s the confidence to steer off the usual techniques and tactics you use.
And the confidence to embrace the uncertainty.

Brian Glick explains further:

Confidence to be wrong: usually we favor creating a strategic plan and then implementing it.
But in the real world you’re always called on to adjust.

When you adjust you face the risk of looking stupid and making mistakes.
This is the process of exploring the alternatives to what you already know.

Your biggest task will be to get used to improvisation:

Improvisation – modifying so you can solve new problems as they arise – always includes this uncertainty.
What makes it hard is that it might not work.

Your big challenge in training is joining the structured and unstructured elements into a unified whole in order to adapt to changing circumstances.


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