ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Sports and Recreation»
  • Individual Sports

Tying the Basics of BJJ to a Unique and Personal Game

Updated on October 11, 2016

You Cannot Have an Advanced BJJ Game without a Basic One

A common mistake that many make when learning the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) they do not investing the proper amount of time on the basics. This is not exclusive to BJJ. Martial artists across the entire spectrum can fall into the trap of ignoring their basics.

Here is some news: this statement is far from a revolutionary one. Virtually anyone that has been in the BJJ game for sometime will agree the basics are the true secret to success in BJJ performance. This is true whether you are a major competitor or a hobbyist simply training for enjoyment.

Again, most people will agree that it is vital to put an enormous amount of time learning basics in order to see an improvement in skill level. The problem for many is that they simply do not actually invest enough linking their favorite aspects of their game to those crucial basics.

The Basics Can Be Interesting

The common complaint about learning basic moves is they are not exactly exciting or all that fun. Honestly, such assessments are based on a lack of depth. There is a lot of unique discoveries that can be made when practicing a scissor sweep or a side control escape. Simply putting the upa and the elbow escape in combination with going to your knees will NEVER become boring or stagnant when your goal is to improve the smoothness of such a move. Again, the boredom factor comes from either not investing a lot of time in learning the nuances of various moves or simply being more interested in learning something else.

Tying the Basics to a Preferred Game

Honestly, there is nothing wrong with learning other aspects of the game. If you want to be an expert in something such as the X Guard, there is no reason to wait forever gain proficiency at it. Now, the X Guard is only being used as one example here. You could substitute a lot of things for the X Guard, but many of the points would be the same.

A well developed, a killer X Guard game could make life miserable for opponents. The problem here is that if you have poor basics (basics being things such as escapes, proper posture, effective movement with no wasted motion and so on), your X Guard is going to suffer.

The reason for this is because when your basics are weak, your X Guard defaults to being connected to a mediocre Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game. Really, if you are seriously lacking in performance in various areas defined as basic BJJ, making your X Guard work well could be difficult. Why? Your X Guard game cannot exist in a vacuum independent from the rest of what is needed to be a decent BJJ player.

One Option and Not a Great One

The only way you can make it work would be to use a lot of attributes to help you out if your X Guard fails. You could perform a very explosive bridge or use a significant amount of muscle, but you would not be doing BJJ. You be doing some form of submission grappling. For the average person, trying to get buy on attributes and raw strength is really not even an option. The average person just lacks the attributes to make such an approach work. And even for those that do have such natural skills, they will only take some only so far for so long.

This is why a great deal of time has to be spent on working on developing the basic foundational structure of what makes a solid BJJ game.

Returning to the Basics

You could say the best path to take would be to split your training time on the game you are slowly developing that is unique to you and those areas you are most interested in working on between the basic areas of the game. How you split this can actually vary from week to week. Some weeks you might spend more time on one than the other. You can adjust your training priorities based on reflections of your performance during the week. Generally though, if you find yourself having trouble, the solution is either improving your basics or refining the fine points of your unique game.

This is a rather simple path to take, but is one that will help deliver results.

Remember, without a good foundation in the basics, you have no real foundation. You might be able to rep moves with a training partner but, to actually enhance your skill to a decent level, you positively must work on the basics.

Check Out:

Invest a Little Time in the No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Game

The Less Than Commonly Mentioned Benefits to Competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournaments

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is used to quickly and efficiently deliver files such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisements has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)