Fake It Till You Make It
Just Trust That Things Will Work... And, In Time, The Will
This concept may drive some people nuts, but the idea behind it can be highly beneficial in BJJ. “Faking” it means acting the way you plan to be. In Jiu-Jitsu means having faith in new techniques even though they don’t work at first.
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How many times have we told ourselves “I’m not much of a guard player”, or “ahh my takedowns suck, so I better just pull guard.” Guess what? With that attitude and those statements your guard won’t get any better, and neither will your takedowns. Fake it. Put yourselves in positions and scenarios that you have identified as a weakness.
Social awkwardness is a perfect fake it till you make it situation. Public speaking can be a petrifying ordeal. By slowly gaining experience the fear can and will subside. This same concept is applied on the BJJ mat. Terrified of getting your back taken? Drill specifically from there. Spend time in these uncomfortable situations, because at some point you will be put there and it won’t be your choice.
We all have been guilty at some point in neglecting certain techniques or aspects of Jiu-Jitsu. This is normal. By forcing yourself to practice weaknesses you not only understand better how to deal with the position, but also the inverse of the position. You get to see what the other person is doing and how they are finding success in exploiting your weakness.
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Depending on your body type and prior skill set your weaknesses might be entirely unique to you. Big guys usually find themselves on top in a rolling situation, and ex-wrestlers will have no problem starting on their feet. Putting yourself in these developing games/aspects will also make you a good partner to train with. People will quickly pick up that you are working on specific things and can usually assist in that.
When a black belt sees a person who has a size advantage put themselves in a spot that doesn’t utilize their inherent gifts, that will stick with them. This will start to put you in a positive learning environment with many of your training partners. Only sticking with your “A” game will alienate them.