Working against resistance in BJJ
Here are my thought about working against resistance in BJJ. Here at Savarese BJJ Academy (bergencountybjj.com) we teach that everything you do in Jiu-Jitsu is done against strong resistance by someone who probably knows the moves you are attempting and knows the counters to those moves. This makes for a situation where you will fail more often that you succeed at a high percentage in the application of your moves. You must get used to this fundamental fact of live sparring and competition. Understand that failure is only temporary and that you always have options to follow up with subsequent attacks and 2nd and 3rd options. Victory almost always goes to the athlete who can sustain attacks over time until a breakthrough is achieved. As you feel strong resistance, take confidence in the fact that you are offensive and your opponent is defensive and that if you can maintain this long enough you will eventually break through no matter how tough the resistance feels. Don’t be discouraged, like the great Thomas Edison once stated “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Adopt this mindset for yourself and your Jiu-Jitsu as well.