You Work Hard To Get Better. Enjoy Your Jiu-Jitsu!
We all have our favorite techniques, our bread and butter sweeps, and our go to submissions. But which is most satisfying for you? Maybe it’s the type of submission where you dominate and leave no room for escape, or perhaps a slick counter submission that occurs three or four moves down the technique chain. At the end of the day anyone skilled enough to make your training partner or opponent tap should feel somewhat satisfied.
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The mission is submission after all. Landing a technique that you have practiced for countless repetitions can be one of the most fulfilling endeavors in sports. That said for this humble practitioner nothing is better than a dominating/controlling sub, which in my case is the Bow and Arrow choke. Submissions from the back can be some of the most dominating. Controlling the grip battle and sliding the collar into your choking hand is what dreams are made of. On top of all of the control now we get to basically bend our opponent in half while applying the strangle.
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is defined for the lay person as a calming/pleasurable feeling. There are entire YouTube channels dedicated to ASMR. Watching and applying bow and arrow chokes is my version of ASMR. There are plenty of techniques when you land them that give you that “Hell Yeah!” feeling.
This feeling is important to tune in to, because it strengthens our belief in ourselves and our Jiu-Jitsu. Another great feeling is the set up. Setting traps that an unknowing opponent falls into is another thing of beauty. Making an opponent over commit to a defense only to leave themselves open for your true attack is how angel’s get their wings.
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A lot of this might not be relatable to a brand new person walking in off of the street. As time goes on and more experience is gained most people will begin to find success with the foundations of their game. Things as simple as grip breaks can provide some satisfaction for a new practitioner.
Enjoy the journey and enjoy the little things not only in life but in you Jiu-Jitsu as well. This will keep you hungry and coming back for more mat time. With all that said how about a little Jiu-Jitsu ASMR.