“Once a cheater, always a cheater.” -Everyone
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” -Everyone
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” -Einstein
“Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?” “The same thing we do every night, Pinky—try to take over the world!” -Pinky & The Brain
It was brought to my attention in a huge way today that people are consistent. We’ve heard it before–if someone gossips about their friends to you, they likely gossip about you to their other friends. People are not likely to change, or they’re not likely to change quickly.
This proves true in jiu jitsu as well. We have our predictable go-to games, we make the same mistakes again and again, we get accustomed to our training partners’ moves, we expect similar reactions from our partners, etc.
This is precisely why this West Coast Tour has been so amazing for me. It’s given me an opportunity to change things up. I have seen new instructors, new training styles, new techniques, new drills, and had new training partners. It’s helped shake things up for me, both physically and mentally.
And yet, people DO change. We DO evolve. But we need help. In jiu jitsu this has meant drilling the same technique again and again and again so you can create that muscle memory and CREATE a consistent and appropriate reaction to our partners.
My consistent go-to mistake is to charge forward. I’ve done it my whole life. It’s difficult to stop. In BJJ it’s meant getting loop choked, headlocked, and swept. I understand it’s my problem and I’m trying to fix it, but it’s so ingrained in my nature that it’s difficult to stop myself doing it.
My consistent go-to position is the side-control. I love it and I will always go there when I can. Because of that, I’m trying to practice going from side-control to mount. I want this to become easy and something I don’t have to think about, but it means drilling drilling drilling. I also realize that as a white belt I have many things I need to constantly drill. 🙂
My question to you: what do you ALWAYS do in BJJ? Do you have a consistent game plan? A consistent mistake? A go-to finishing move? Are you actively trying to add or change something in your game? What do you do to change things up for yourself?