Pulling the trigger on submissions in BJJ
Pulling the trigger on submissions in BJJ sometimes takes time to learn, but is a necessary skill in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Opportunity won’t last forever, sometimes, it’s just a flash. The higher in rank you get, the smaller the openings become. Jiu-Jitsu is a game of movement. As the two athletes move around each other, opportunities to attack will naturally arise. No doubt all of you will already have your favorite opportunities. In addition, some of you will favor front headlocks, some kimuras, some leg locks from variations of leg attacks. Arguably the most effective opportunistic scramble targets are the back and mount- whichever one you favor – understand that the opportunity will be fleeting and the better your opponent, the more fleeting it will be. As such, you must build the capacity to PULL THE TRIGGER UPON OPPORTUNITY. You will need to build this skill in two ways. First, building the skills that lead to success with the move. Second, building the defensive skills that will enable you to recover in cases you fail to succeed with the move. Fear of the consequences of failing in the split second of opportunity has stopped more athletes from attempting the move when the opportunity was there than athletes who tried and failed. In a world of fleeting opportunity it’s not just about the skills that make the move work, but about the confidence to pull the trigger and attempt it, for without the attempt, no amount of skill will be of value in that fleeting time you have to perform the move you seek. See you on the mats.