There’s plethora of techniques in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as well as concepts, principles, and everything in-between… But you don’t have to learn all of them immediately. Nor is there a need to learn it all.
However, there is one, extremely essential component of the Gentle Art, that you have to accept – otherwise, you can’t expect from yourself to ever become good at the sport.
John Danaher explains what this component is:
If there is one certainty in Jiu-Jitsu, it’s that your opponent will create every bit of havoc and trouble for you that they can.
The typical pattern will always be one of you constantly having to dig yourself out of trouble and then get back on the attack.
When we drill, we typically just practice moves assuming we are in control of the action; but the reality is that in sparring and competition we are rarely in control of the action.
It’s going to be a back and forth battle between you and your opponents:
… where you’re defending against your opponents attack with you working hard to shut it down and then trying to establish your own attack.
This pattern is maintained until one of you fatigues or one of you can establish a position or move that exceed the others ability to defend.
And yes, you should get used to this essential aspect of Jiu-Jitsu:
Get used to this sense of back of forth struggle. It’s exhausting and frustrating but it’s the essential nature of the game.
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