Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Action, Reaction, Distraction

When you are first becoming a competent player, you learn to attack, you learn to act. You learn to submit off your back, learn to pass the guard. You create action.

As you get a little better, you get better at countering and exploiting, and at submissions. You let your opponent move and you begin to react. You learn to play half guard and sweep when they rush. You learn to take the back off of their mistakes. You learn to be patient and out wait your opponent. You create reactions.

Eventually you can't get the reactions you want, the other player won't let get anything off and you can't take any action. You learn to distract. Attempting one move, setting up a submission to get the sweep. Looking for a sweep to try and triangle. No longer patient, you set long term traps. You create distractions.

There are examples of players who are high level at each of these three categories. Highest examples of action players, reaction players, distraction players. One is not better than the other. You need all three though to create a complete game.

This is the point where you are no longer looking at accumulating moves, but now creating strategies based on the moves you have. Some people, their problem is not lacking an arsenal of moves as they may think. They are lacking proper strategies at the correct times.

In a bad situation, see if you can act, if that doesn't work, react, if that doesn't work, distract. Not a BJJ of physical moves, Inner BJJ of mental strategies and an ability to weigh risk reward quickly in your mind and make correct choices at the right time.

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