Why pressure is important in BJJ
Here is why pressure is important in BJJ. First, the greatest submission of them all is pressure leading to fatigue. Allow me to tell you something rather obvious but which has major ramifications for your success or failure in grappling. Exhausted people are far more likely to submit you than people that are fresh! In addition, understand this: a huge part of submission is mental. It’s always an act of choice to submit and exhausted people are far more likely to make that choice than an opponent who is not under any physical duress. Learning to pressure an opponent over time, also known as “cooking” in many BJJ schools, so that they get no relief from the constant physical pressure and tactical threat is as much a part of the submission game as perfect breaking mechanics and positioning. When you are sparring, constantly monitor the physical state of your opponent and learn to dictate pace and position. These two key ingredients will be the means by which you can make even a strong opponent wilt over time. At Savarese BJJ (www,njbjj.com), we always preach “make them miserable”. Remember, every opponent will be strong and explosive at the onset of a match, your job is to test how strong and explosive they are at the end of a match. Pressuring an opponent into fatigue is as much a part of the road to grappling success as position, leverage and all the other major keys to a great game.