Archive for September, 2010

Awesome Gracie Academy principle

September 16, 2010

A cornerstone principle of the Gracie Academy is exhausting your opponents energy while conserving yours.

With the popularity of sport BJJ and MMA this principle can seem counter-intuitive, as in the application one may pass up positional advancement or submissions. 

It’s especially challenging to keep our heads, staying relaxed and technical, when our opponents are rushing, exploding, and muscling there way into escapes and positional advancement.

Believe it or not, in my earlier days of BJJ I would often get more exhausted than my opponent, even when I was the one doing all the sweeping and submitting! 

Luckily, at some point I realized that cramming techniques down a person’s throat, and getting positions and submissions because I knew more doesn’t necessarily equate to intellegent grappling.  It’s the difference between doing Jiu-Jitsu and Jiu-Jitsu techniques.

So relax, be patient, and aware of the amount and type of tension your training partner gives you in real-time.  Also, tactically, it’s usually not smart to take the first opening.  The further you can lure the mouse out of the hole, the better.

Really, I think the whole point of BJJ technique is providing structural tools that allow for patience and sensitivity.  In other words, a great base means you can chill comfortably, pouncing when success is highly likely. 

The alley cat who rushes doesn’t live long. =)