I’ve been analysing my Jiu-Jitsu game lately (as I always am) and came to a realisation that I already knew (but was nice to remind myself of anyway). I remembered that my best attacks come from aggressive defence.
I grew up in the USA. I played Baseball when I was little and hated batting. I loved to field. I love the defensive part of the game. However, I was always very aggressive in defence. That translated into my batting as well. I was very concerned about not getting out. When I wasn’t focussed I would just close my eyes and swing away like there was no tomorrow. When I did that, I got out.
When I played Football (the American kind) I always preferred to be on defence. On offence I loved to block more than anything else.
When I played soccer I was usually in the midfield and I was always playing defensively.
When I played ice hockey I was always defensive minded.
Playing rugby, I prefer to defend.
Playing cricket I prefer fielding to batting.
Now, in Jiu-Jitsu I am at my best when I play defence.
I am naturally defensive.
In BJJ this has some interesting translations.
I am working with a friend, doing some one-on-one sessions. I’m introducing him to the game and am already finding that I’m explaining to him a very defensive game. However, that’s not to say that I never attack. I’m attacking all the time.
One of the amazing things about BJJ is that you can become a very aggressive defender. For example, when I get caught in mount I am very aggressive in my escape plan. I fire them off quickly until one pays off. That’s not to say that I thrash around, growl, and throw my arms out. I’m defensive about my escapes, but I’m aggressive none-the-less.
Elbow escape, upa, snag & drag, back to elbow, snag & drag, elbow, upa… attack, attack, attack. I’m not giving away hooks. I’m not leaving my neck open. I’m not giving up my back. But I’m definitely letting them get comfortable. I’m firing off escape after escape after escape.
It’s the same in side control. Underhook, bridge up, hip out, turn in, underhook again, turn in more, move aggressively with their transitions.
Knee-ride? I bridge hard and quick.
Back control? I scoop down or scoot up quickly. I look to escape well before they have even established.
If they move an inch I try to take 4 and a half miles.
I’m very aggressive in my defence. In fact, I’m attacking.
If my opponent is having to defend against an escape, they can’t submit me.
Next time, I’ll talk about all the submissions that I use off opponent’s escapes. Reason is, because that’s another part of aggressive defence.
Man, this is a fun game.