2/14/09

Force your opponent to have perfect technique

My dominating philosophy when going into a fight is to always attack. I want to be the aggressor in order to create opportunities to win the fight, no matter what position I’m in. I don’t want to just wait for an opportunity to present itself. I want to create those opportunities to further the attack, not just one at a time, but over and over again.

Every time I touch my opponent, I want it to be for a reason. I’m trying to affect my partner’s balance or position. My hands and feet, and other parts of my body, aren’t just resting and idle. There’s always a purpose. If I’m not doing something to lead the attack, my opponent has an opportunity to take control of the momentum.

In other words, you want to always be leading the charge, forcing your partner to react to you. You should always be at least one step ahead of your opponent. In that way, everything he does is in response to what you’re doing. He can’t build an attack if he’s constantly defending.

Attacking may be going for a sweep or reversal. It might be working towards bettering your position or going for a submission. It might be a combination of things, all with the focus of keeping your opponent on the defensive. It might be attacking by varying your angles or creating pressure. In addition, a lot of it also has to do with attitude, breaking down your opponent’s will to fight.

There are few things more demoralizing than when your opponent works forever to better his position, only to have you escape, pass, reverse or sweep him right back into his bad position.

Make your opponent do everything correctly. Make your opponent have perfect technique in order to stop you. In other words, don’t stop doing what you’re doing unless your opponent is doing everything they need to do, or is supposed to be doing so as to halt your attack. Don’t stop halfway just because you think they’re going to be able to defend. Push it to the limit. Make your technique better than your partner’s.

Like many submissions, there are many little details that you should know in order to finish the technique against an experienced grappler. The same holds true for defending and escaping. There are a lot of little details that one needs to do in order to defend. Don’t give up your attack when they’re not doing everything to defend.

There is a reason there are so many details to a defense or an escape. It’s because you generally have to do all of them in order to defend.

5 comments:

Brent said...

nice article here. it seems, from reading your thoughts, that the more experience=the more the capacity to attack quickly and thoroughly. is this the right line of thought?
what is the purpose of the da vinci? are you getting really excited about angels & demons or something? i for one am excited for that movie

Conan said...

The central theme of my thoughts is about forcing your opponent to have perfect technique. Since Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man is often utilized as a representation of the perfect human form, I thought it relavant to include in the post.

"The outstretched arms and legs of a man form a square and a circle: the square symbolizes the solid physical world and the circle the spiritual and eternal. Man bridges the gap between these two worlds." -Leonardo Da Vinci

All that aside, I am looking forward to Angels & Demons.

Brent said...

wow, a bit too elaborate for me. are you sure you're not professor robert langdon, harvard symbologist, disguising yourself as a jiu-jitsu wizard so you can expose the illumati that have infiltrated the world of jiu-jitsu?

Conan said...

Why do I feel like I've just been punked? Well played, Brent.

The Yergensen's said...

punked? you want punked-watch the squirrel dance in this car commercial-pretty funny.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulHmfz8U3pU