Want to make faster decisions? Limit your options

Want to make faster decisions? Limit your options: One of the most important factors in who wins and who loses in a Jiu jitsu match is SPEED AND QUALITY OF DECISION MAKING. Athletes who make good decisions quickly generally beat athletes who make good decisions slowly. One simple and effective way to increase your speed of decision making is to LIMIT YOUR OPTIONS PER SCENARIO. If you have a thousand options you will inevitably slow down as you decide between competing option. Have one or two strong attacks per scenario and the decision making process becomes very easy and very fast. Of course it’s no good to make BAD decisions quickly - they have to be good ones. To accomplish this I suggest researching the most HIGH PERCENTAGE moves in modern competition in a range of scenarios. If you have a small set of well trained high percentage moves in each of the main scenarios we regularly find ourselves in daily sparring, you will immediately notice decision making is faster and more decisive - and that will result in the fast and decisive action - a key element of winning Jiu jitsu

A simple Jiu jitsu test for you

A simple Jiu jitsu test for you: Here is a simple test you can perform during or after your sparring training every day - a test that will tell you a lot about yourself and your game. At the conclusion of training take memorable part of the session, day for example, a submission that you successfully applied, or a good escape from a bad position, or some other slice of action that had a discernible finishing point and ask yourself - WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED AND WHAT DID I DO TO GET THAT MOVE TO WORK? When asked this question, Most people can give only a very general answer. Some cannot give any answer at all - the whole round was just a blur in their memory until a move happened. If you cannot give a reasonably accurate breakdown of what transpired from start to finish for a given move soon after it happened, this tells you something very important - that you are acting without thinking. In some cases this can be very good. If you are winning most of your matches against tough opponents without thought then this would imply that you have programmed your subconscious to read the match second by second and react correctly before conscious thought was necessary. In these cases most athletes can, if pressed, go back and recall what they did and why, even if initially they couldn’t. In the great majority of cases however, it means that you are simply acting from blind instinct. Your recollection is just a blur of action and the only thing you can recall, even when asked, is the result. This tells you very clearly that you had no control over the events. You just reacted instinctively as things happened - no identification of problems and thinking towards a solution. Every time class ends, USE IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEST YOUR MINDS RECOLLECTION OF WHAT HAPPENED SO THAT NEXT TIME YOU ARE STARTING TO ENGAGE THE POWERS OF YOUR MIND INTO YOUR SPARRING. You will soon find that you are much more mentally in control of the situation than previously and that you see and identify opportunities, dangers, and patterns that you are previously blind to. Here, Garry Tonon applies another brutally tight heel hook for victory - he knew the how and why of every step to get there


Variations: For any given move in Jiu jitsu there are many variations. It is crucial for your development that when you find a move that suits you well, you study it deeply and come to know all its variations and how these work together. Only in this way can you exploit the full potential of a given move. Think of the triangle - one of the most commonly seen and effective submissions in the sport. Most people talk about THE triangle - as though there was only one type. In fact you have the front triangle (the most well known and common variant in Jiu jitsu), side triangle, rear triangle, reverse triangle and back to front triangle - and within each of those main variations there are sub variations. Each is well suited to a specific task. Learning to use them together to cover every possible contingency as you grapple is the basis of your path to mastery. Here, Garry Tonon applies a beautiful and shockingly tight sub variant of the front triangle that creates a very tight strangle indeed.

Be greedy with your pins

Be greedy with your pins: There are five major pins in Jiu jitsu. Two of them are non scoring - side and north south. Three of them score - knee on belly, mount and rear mount. Once you get in a position to pass an opponents guard, it’s time to maximize your scoring potential. Don’t be satisfied with the non scoring pins. There will be opportunities to rack up big scores by passing directly to mount, or if you pass to the side, progressing further to mount or rear mount. Once mounted, many escapes attempts by your opponent will open up opportunities to move on to rear mount and vice versa. Being greedy for big points will translate immediately into more submission opportunities as your opponent feels compelled to resist more. Here, Gordon Ryan has quickly transitioned to mount after an initial pass to the side. Now as his opponent tries to escape there is back exposure - if Mr Ryan can get past his opponents elbow he can double his pin score. Don’t just hunger for a pass into a static pin - get greedy and use all the pins to create big scores that also create so much tactical pressure on an opponent that you are much more likely to be rewarded with more chances for submission

Learning from another perspective

Learning from another perspective: We all know our favorite moves and do our best to add as much knowledge of them as we can. Usually when we think of learning about a move, we think in terms of PERFORMING the move. Let me tell you that a great supplemental way to learn about a given move is to have someone else perform the move upon YOU. Now you will see the move from an entirely different perspective which can often be quite illuminating. Learning how to escape and resist a move will teach you a LOT about the correct mechanics and tactics to perform it. Here, Gordon Ryan spends some time on the receiving end of a juji gatame arm bar, a move he excels in - when it’s his turn to perform it - he will have a new set of insights to help that performance

Submission holds - they either work completely or they don’t work at all

Submission holds - they either work completely or they don’t work at all: No one remembers a a submission hold that “almost” worked. In the heat of high level competition against athletes aren’t afraid to take some pain, the only only ones that work are those that are perfect in their application. As far as the outcome goes, a submission hold that was 98% perfect is as useless as one that was 5% perfect. ONLY THE ONES THAT ARE 100% PERFECT COUNT. As such, if you are to take the long and difficult path towards submission mastery you MUST seek mechanical perfect in your holds. It’s not easy to attain against determined and skilled opponents - but when you get there you will have a truly impressive weapon at your disposal. Look at the pressure generated by this lock from submission master Gordon Ryan - pressure and mechanical tightness like this must be your goal.

Squad senior and widely regarded as the worlds most exciting grappler, Garry Tonon

Squad senior and widely regarded as the worlds most exciting grappler, Garry Tonon @garrytonon is back in action this weekend against the great champion Osvaldo Queixinho Moizinho at @f2wbjj in Dallas Texas. Mr Moizinho has himself a very exciting and dynamic style of Jiu jitsu that won him multiple no gi world championships. He is a master of juji gatame arm bar and omoplata attacks which he can get from almost anywhere. With these two submission wizards in stage this should be a great match!

Working against resistance

Working against resistance: 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 GENERALLY FAIL MORE OFTEN THAN YOU SUCCEED 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. 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 he is defensive and that if you can maintain this long enough you WILL break through no matter how tough the resistance feels.

Victory will almost always go to the one who...

In all combat, victory will almost always go to the one who, to a greater degree than his rival, KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING and and has the PHYSICAL ABILITY to do it along with the CONFIDENCE to implement it when the moment of opportunity arises. Thus victory is the meeting point of knowledge, physical skill/preparation and confidence. Spend your time developing these three factors and you will experience victory far more often than defeat.

Check out Australian submission juggernaut Craig Jones

Check out Australian submission juggernaut Craig Jones in Chael Sonnen’s SUG event today! Mr Jones was always very good, but working with the squad full time the last two years has seen him rise to a different level. A gentleman off the mat but a straight up submission assassin once he steps on stage! Follow his journey to the top!