Brazilian Jiu Jitsu isn’t all guard passes and submission holds, it’s much more than that. Any grappler can present a lethal offensive game; however, it takes a truly elite grappler to be able to offer a stifling defensive approach as well.
In order to be able to be a feared defensive minded grappler, you must focus heavily on your sweep game. Sweeps are very vital to the life of a grappler, as they offer both defensive and offensive tactics that are rather difficult to deal with when done properly.
Unlike certain submission holds—not counting inverted attacks—sweeps will put you in a tough spot, and it won’t be easy to acclimate yourself with them! This is why you must focus heavily on putting in the extra time away from the gym, and be willing to work on your own and log in some serious solo practice time.
All you need is a grappling dummy, and some space. Once you begin working your sweeps, there are a few things that you’ll want to focus in on the most.
The sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a tricky beast to tame. For an art form that has been around for decades, it never seems to stay in the same place for too long. Every year there is always a new technique, a new training method, a new grappler, etc. coming onto the scene, causing the BJJ world to take notice.
A progressive sport, it’s hard to truly stay on top of your Jiu Jitsu game on a monthly basis unless you are totaling some serious mat time throughout your week. Missing even just one night at the gym can cause you to take a step back, while your teammates take a large bounding leap forward.
The importance of mat time can never be understated. It’s where you sharpen your craft, and become better no matter how you look at it. As a coach myself, I urge all of my students to make it to the gym every night they are scheduled too. While it doesn’t happen with everyone, we do have a solid core group of guys that will make it to the gym no matter what.
Granted, by no means am I throwing dirt on those who can’t make it; things happen, and take you away from the mat, it’s understandable. But for those nights—and we all have them—where making it to the gym isn’t practical, there is always a solution; solo drilling.
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