The offense/defense connection in BJJ
Once you understand the offfense/defense connection in BJJ, you game will go nothing but up. The basis of your confidence in your offense is the degree of confidence you have in your defense. Our fear is always that if we take a risk we will be punished with by being put into a bad situation from which we can not recover. However, if you know that your defense is so strong that there is simply no situation from which you cannot recover, all fear evaporates and you will attack with full confidence on offense and defense, holding nothing back. If you want an aggressive attacking game, begin your training by developing an iron defense. Usually around bluebelt, a little before and a little after, I tell my students to really work on guard retention. I explain that once you have the confidence to know that you can retain your guard whenever you want to, your fear of getting your guard passed evaporates. Then you will take more offensive chances in your guard to either finish or get more advantageous positions. That is a great example of the the offense/defense connection in BJJ.
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