Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Think Fast

Drilling techniques requires a mutual give and take by both participants. There is a set up and a conclusion to the technique. In essence, the position is spoon fed to allow the technique or attack to happen properly. This is essential to get the move down pat.

The challenge in rolling is to quickly identify the opportunity and perform a specific technique. And generally the opportunity will pass by as a transition from one move or position to another occurs. There is only a split second in which to identify a possibility and go for it. Many times I find that "I just missed it, crap".

There are times where I can dictate how I want an opponent to move by giving a little persuasion. This allows me to perform the set up to get the attack I want. This works less frequently, if at all, on some of the senior belts; they know what I am thinking for some strange reason. But that does not mean that there is no opportunity, there is. But why do I feel like a deer trapped in the head lights?

After class tonight I had the opportunity to watch Professor and one of our senior belts, Jonathan, role. One of my classmates, Oscar, said that it was like watching "Fireworks". His description was right on. The roll was fluid, continuous, technically fascinating (pardon my assessment, I am in no position to judge technique), and awesome to watch. All I can say is, "that is where I want to go".

So, I will continue to practice. Analyze my game after class. Play in my mind. Work on the tools to make my techniques easier to apply. As of today, I have been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over nine months. And I can say that I feel less clumsy and things are starting to make more sense. As for the "Think Fast" thing, I think I need to think less to think faster. Or as Bruce Lee said, "Don't think. Feel."