Have you ever rolled with a high level BJJ black belt and felt like they were just playing with you?
Whatever you do, your black belt opponent seems to be one or two steps ahead of you. They can see in advance what you will you attempt…
How do they do that? Years of training give them a 6th sense on the mat. Their senses can recognize movements which usually can lead to certain moves.
It’s not just black belts that can have this specific skill. Anybody can develop this.
Specific training and positional sparring really helps to understand positions and reactions. If you spend a lot of time training the closed guard, you will know every reaction that your opponent will do and this will make you many steps ahead of them!
BJJ black belt Thomas Lisboa talks about how you can figure out what your opponent is going to do next on the ground and then how to prepare a strategy to take advantage of it!