Gaining an advantage in BJJ
Gaining an advantage in BJJ is something to always be looking for during a match or sparring session. Training your mind to see working from neutrality to advantage. The basic insight behind all martial arts is that of gaining some form of prior advantage before committing to an attack. In truth however, our opponents strongly and skillfully resist any attempt on our part to gain any form of advantage and so we spend the majority of our time on the mat in neutral positions. It is important to understand that even within positions that are considered neutral (no points scored), there can still be minor advantages gained that can accumulate to a degree where a breakthrough can be attained and/or points scored or a submission is applied. Often it may be something small, an advantageous grip, foot position, head placement – anything that affords you a greater degree of control over him than he has over you, no matter how small. Understand this, any given neutral position is in practice, only as neutral as the skill level of the 2 competitors. Learn to go beyond seeing positions as dominant or advantageous and start to look for actions and placements that are advantageous. These are less obvious, less well defined, but against skilled opponents, they will be the resource you call upon more than any other. Here, our 2 Savarese BJJ students Elliot and Anoop work from neutral position for leg control. Small nuances in grip, limb positioning, placement of wedges and directionality of force will determine winner and loser in these situations.