The one thing I admire most about a good BJJ fighter, is the ability to let their opponent know what submission they’re going for, and despite the best efforts of the opponent to defend, they get it anyways. There are certain go to submissions in everyone’s tool kit. For example, when I roll with Sean, I know for a fact that he is going to try to triangle choke me. I see it coming and I can’t do a gosh dang thing! While I admire the skill it takes for someone to finish a submission even when it is known ahead of time, it gets to me a little when I fall victim. Even when I watch someone fight whom I’ve never faced before, I can tell how they will submit me. lol. Not the best way to think when you are preparing for a possible match up. Oh well. It’s best that I look at it with admiration rather than disdain for my lack of skill.
This week I was working on opening and passing guard by standing. I had few successes and several defeats. I think that being stuck in someone’s guard is the spot where I feel the most helpless. No matter what I try, I can’t seem to break through. I watch videos on different hand positions for control, and different postures to break open the guard. I study theory from the top BJJ players in the world. Nothing seems to work for me. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t have to worry about the guard because I wouldn’t end up in it in the first place. This isn’t a perfect world. More often than not, that’s where I am while on top. Well, I’ll keep at it. That’s the best I can do, right?