BJJ: Don’t Stop at the Stop
In BJJ, don’t Stop at the Stop. Stopping an opponents move doesn’t end the story. It STARTS the story. Too often, athletes will do good work stopping an opponents move and then subconsciously fall into mode of thinking whereby they think they’ve done enough and settle into neutral position. Don’t congratulate yourself for stopping a move. Furthermore, that’s exactly when some of the greatest attacking opportunities arise. That is when things start to get interesting. Remember, the basis of your opponents defense is always his stance. At the moment you’ve stopped their move, their stance will be temporarily broken, making offense so much easier. That’s why you should see the act of stopping an opponents move not merely as a successful defense, but also as one of the best possible times to launch into offense. When an opponent’s stance is compromised, and it almost always will be after a stopped attack, that’s when the chances of a successful attack are highest since there is so much less to have to fight through to complete your counter attack. So turn your mind in the direction of attack every time you stop an opponent’s attacking move, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much easier attacks become. This is something we really stress at Savarese BJJ (www.njbjj.com). Counter attack are so important in BJJ on the sport side, just like there are in the upper realm of Wrestling. In Olympic level or NCAA College Wrestling or the World Championships, counter attacks are vital to being successful.