“It’s easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.” -Julius Caesar
Sometimes I lack focus in my BJJ training, and if someone were to ask me what I was working on in general, my answer would probably be “not getting submitted”, but it seems like I make better progress when I have a certain goal in mind. It doesn’t have to be anything too specific (like a particular technique), but it’s difficult to improve on everything at once, so narrowing down the focus can be beneficial, and recently what I’ve been working on is my patience.
After Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu class yesterday, my husband remarked that our final roll was different than normal, because it was slower paced (instead of a mad scramble!), and I told him the reason was because I was trying to incorporate some of the things I’ve been told this past week, specifically that I need to be more technical, and take smaller steps. So during our roll I just focused on improving my position a little bit at a time, which worked out pretty well for me (even though I still got submitted in the end!).
At the beginning of the roll, I was even patient enough to resist the temptation to immediately jump guard, and I actually got the takedown (double leg), and although Joe reversed me as soon as we hit the mat, I was still shocked that I took him down! From there, I was able to pull half guard, which is where I spent most of the roll, patiently baby stepping it until I was in an optimal position. When I finally got the underhook and I attempted to take Joe’s back, I think it surprised him, and he gave up a sweep to avoid the back take! It’s just too bad that after that, I got trapped in his guard, and I only got out when I tapped to an armbar.
What I’m most happy about yesterday is that I took my time and tried to be as technical as I possibly could. I may have only gotten the takedown and one reversal before I ended up being submitted, but that’s more points that I would normally score against Joe, and he would’ve probably just subbed me sooner if I hadn’t been patient. I hate stalling, and I often try to rush things, or get greedy, which almost inevitably leads to my downfall, so a little patience can go a long way.
“Only those who have patience to do simple things perfectly
ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.” -James J. Corbett