Winning scrambles in BJJ
Winning scrambles in BJJ in a very big part of the live training process. As your reaction time and defense improves, so will your ability to win the position in a scramble. There are an infinite number of possibilities in a scramble, but there should be only one goal…the opponents back. If you follow the sport side of BJJ, John Danaher’s students seem to excel at this in no-gi and guys like the Miyao brothers, Mendes brothers and Keenan Cornelius as well. It can be hard to know what to do in the fleeting time and motion of a scrambles. The single most useful thing you can have under these circumstances is a sense of direction. You can actually go in several good directions in a scramble, but in my opinion the best direction will always be towards your opponents back. (and the mount as well, Khabib Nurmagomedov excels there). The back is a big target, a huge percentage of our body’s surface area, so it will always be available at some point as you move through a prolonged scramble. Once you get there it enables you to control and finish the toughest opponents. When your world is a confusing tangle of limbs flying around the mat, keep your thought process simple and clear, aim for the back. Remember, in a race between a speedster with no sense of direction versus someone with a tight BJJ game who knows exactly where he wants to go, – the tight game will beat the speedster every time.
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