Before attending competition class, Greg always has us select a few techniques to drill, which are supposed to comprise a basic game plan, and at the last two tournaments I’ve competed in since I started training at Lincoln BJJ Center, I didn’t use anything I drilled (except for jumping guard!). My game plan never worked out.
We’re supposed to choose things that are part of our “A” game, and the problem is that I really don’t think I have one, at least not that I’m aware of. If someone were to ask me “What are you good at in Jiu-Jitsu?”, I would say “Tapping.”.
There are a few things at which I suck less than others, but there really isn’t much I would say I do well, nor can I recall anyone telling me so, particularly concerning my offense. Since I usually train with people who are better than me, any compliments I receive are typically along the lines of “Good job escaping that choke!”.
The only thing I really know for sure is that I’m a guard player, but as one of the smallest people at LBJJC, that’s come about more from necessity than any actual talent, so I wouldn’t really say I’m good at it. I have developed some skill in guard retention, and even the white belts who are much bigger than I am often have a difficult time passing my guard, but it’s also hard for me to sweep or submit them.
In the end, whatever I decide may not matter at the competition, but I feel like I need to start defining my style, and figure out which direction to go. In a perfect world (where I didn’t suck), what I would want to do is take everyone’s back and choke them, and that’s exactly what The Professor always does to me! Unfortunately, I think it’ll be a long time before that happens, if ever, so I need to figure out some other plans along the way.