There is a saying from NBA legend, Tim Duncan, that I absolutely LOVE:
Good, better, best; Never let it rest till your good is better, and your better is best!
Isn’t that the coolest thing you’ve read all day? The reason I’m such a fan of it is because of what it
promotes: constant improvement.
Given the order things are listed in—good, followed by better, finished by best—he is saying to continue
gaining new skills and improving what you currently have. There is no such thing as being “good
enough,” when you can always take the next step forward!
I’m a huge believer in this train of thought; you should strive to learn something new or improve upon
an already honed skill everyday that you wake up.
That’s why I’m a big supporter of drilling until you can’t see straight. In my mind, there is no such thing
as being “too good” at a certain move or setup, especially when it’s something as in-depth and
complicated as the Berimbolo sweep.
Becoming Accustomed To The Movements
The first thing I look at when it comes to drilling isn’t always about the actual execution of the move. It’s
so common that we only look for the finished product and fail to see the actual process of it that we can
overlook minor details, which in turn alters the outcome.
For a move such as the Berimbolo, it’s almost as important to understand the movement than it is the
A move that calls for some pretty unique movements, it’s easy for someone new to the sweep to get
turned upside down—literally and figuratively—when they first try it out. Drilling this move with the
approach of getting comfortable with it is a must.
The Berimbolo calls for multiple positions that your body may not used to being in. The last place you
want to have a nervous breakdown is on the mat in the middle of a match. It won’t end well for you.
Paying Attention To Detail
Once you get the point where you are comfortable enough with the body movements, and you can
function properly, the next step is to make sure the moves are ironed out.
The Berimbolo sweep calls for a lot of moving parts to focus. One false move and you can end up in a
tough spot with your opponent on top of you looking to take your arm home with them. But there’s no
need to worry, because that is why we drill!
Once you drill enough, you will become a lethal executioner of the Berimbolo and used to being in
awkward spots. Before you know it, you’ll be sweeping people left-and-right and will be a forced to be
reckoned with! For an interesting opinion on the Berimbolo take a look at this article titled ” Kron Gracie:
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