When is it the right time to pull the trigger on a move? How do I know when it’s the perfect moment to execute? It’s something that even the most experienced practitioners still seek...good timing.
There should always be different tempo changes when sparring. For example, working very hard to pass the guard and then, when successful, controlling a dominant position while we “rest” to refill the stamina tank before moving on to the next position or submission.
On the surface, we see only one speed in that scenario...however, the tempo in which we deconstruct the guard should also be examined. How we rid ourselves of hooks and ties in order to establish grips we believe in. As if it were a dance of some sort..... of a rift in the space-time continuum.
If you’re struggling with this, it could be one of two issues. You simply don’t have enough mat experience... or you haven’t narrowed your focus and practice into specific drilling patterns. The term “drillers are killers” doesn’t come from thin air. How familiar you are with a technique will determine your success rate with it….and becoming more familiarized is as simple as practice, practice, practice…..
Practicing “what-if” scenarios when the move doesn’t work, practicing the move at different speeds, drilling the move to the tempo of different styles of music, watching different people practice the move, teaching the move itself to others. At some point, it’s on us as students to be present and involved in what we’re doing in class and taking responsibility for what results we get. Just showing up and going through the motions while expecting high returns will only prolong getting the results you truly want. We get back what we put in.
Jeff Spain Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt