20. ‘Grappling is a rubix cube, the tighter you hold it the harder it is to solve’
Posted Dec 18 2008 7:29pm
Recently I’ve had the pleasure of attending a friend of mines grappling for MMA classes so I can tweak and add bits to the already stellar coaching.
Apart from being a lot of fun, it has sparked a lot of thoughts about Conceptual BJJ.
The first thought surrounds the idea of using too much strength when you first start grappling. It’s only natural and although it can be difficult to play against, it’s something that people need to get past before their game will open up and progress beyond a basic level.
So this had me thinking on how I could explain the idea of toning down the strength game for the greater good of your grappling and I came up with this:
‘Grappling is a rubix cube, the tighter you hold it the harder it is to solve’
So if you’re coaching or rolling with people with a tendency to go mini-hulk on you, rather than tackle grappling with a more intelligent outlook, use this analogy. You all know how complex both grappling and doing a rubix cube is and if you try doing either with white knuckles you’ll struggle to get anywhere close to solving the puzzle.