Monday, September 19, 2011

One Attempt One Kill

Rickson said a submission should have one attempt and one end. How should one train to have a one to one ratio, attempts to finishes?

Probably very differently from the way you train now.

It reminds me of how a sniper trains. Sniper academy not only teaches marksmanship but also reconnaissance, camouflage, and weapons.

It's broke down into three phases:

Land navigation and marksmanship.
Stalking techniques and field skills.
Communication and surveillance.

To quote Gunner Sgt. Richard Tisdale who leads some of the training said, "When many people think of a sniper, they think of a person who randomly shoots people. A sniper selects his target and fires upon it. Marksmanship makes up only 10 percent of being a sniper.

 He also said, "we train our snipers to be patient and wait for the perfect opportunity to fire upon the target when it will best support the mission. They could lay in a dormant position for days at a time before actually pulling the trigger and engaging on the target."

So being a sniper isn't just about shooting. It's a lot of other things outside of it. If we trained BJJ in this way, where we learned how to get to strong positions, some basic submission practice, patience, reading our opponents weakness, and learning how to listen and communicate to our coaches, we could become BJJ snipers.

Before all that, that inner fortitude of patience and that ability to not get distracted and hone in on one task. That inner game they have is the biggest key to becoming a sniper, not just being a good shot. Otherwise you would just be a trick shot at a rodeo.

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