Tip #2 – Understand the use of force
Being the smaller OR weaker (not all women are small, not all women are weak) person introduces the idea that we might need more strength to successfully apply a technique. Instead, look at problems in terms of physical force and mechanical force. Superior technique is about the proper use of body alignment and position to maximize your own force and movement while minimizing your opponent’s ability to generate force and move freely. With women in particular, this involves the use of your whole body behind the techniques. Find a partner, male or female, that you trust to apply more physical force on you so that you can learn to counter it with mechanical force. This is a great drill when preparing for competitions!
Tip #3 – Play more open guard
Unless you are specifically training self-defense scenarios or MMA, you should always be improving your open guard. Closed guard is great for beginners and some people do have dangerous closed guards, but I feel it can be a crutch because it limits the game and limits your imagination for Jiu-Jitsu. In open guard you can transition to butterfly guard, X-guard, De La Riva, inverted, and so many others! Learning to control an opponent from a multitude of positions not only will make you more dynamic, but also increase your creativity in response to all the problems you’ll face. More creativity leads to more imagination, which in turn will help you excel in the sport.
Sean Maghami is the founder of Dream Jiu-Jitsu and has organized several all women BJJ tournaments, including the largest women’s tournament in the world in April 2012. Follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DreamBJJ