I’ve been training a long time (43 years), and I’ve experimented with a ton of training methods to improve my skills.
One big breakthrough I found was how to make fast progress. Now, you will make SOME progress just by practicing ALL your techniques from different positions on a regular basis. But, SOME progress is not the same as FAST progress.
One thing I can tell you about fast progress is:
– SPEED of improvement comes from
FOCUS and CONCENTRATED EFFORT –
How can you apply “focus & concentrated effort” to submission grappling? Here’s how…
#1 FOCUS – Rather than try to improve your grappling “in general” (TOO BROAD), you need to choose an exact position (MORE NARROWLY FOCUSED) that you want to improve…
…THEN you work to master the moves & submissions in that specific position. And, the MORE NARROWLY FOCUSED, THE BETTER.
By “narrowly focused” I mean a position like “Guard with your opponent underhooking your legs” (very focused) as compared to simply “guard” (too general & broad). Get it?
#2 CONCENTRATED EFFORT – Set a time period for how long you are going to work on this specific position (1 week? 2 weeks? 1 month?) then stick to it so you can make SIGNIFICANT, noticeable, and permanently ingrained improvement.
The bottom line is…
…although it might feel counter-intuitive, you will have faster progress in less time by staying with just ONE position until it’s truly improved, as compared to learning techniques from SEVERAL different positions simultaneously.
*** One caveat here… an absolute beginner may want to learn a couple techniques from each general position, simply to give them an ability to roll and have a REASON to even go to a position and avoid the frustration of not having anything at all to attempt from a position. But, once you’re past that stage…
…you will make faster progress by applying the principle of FOCUS & CONCENTRATED EFFORT.
P.S. BTW, the iGrapple® ALREADY has the general positions like “Guard” divided into its SPECIFIC sub-positions like “Guard WITH with your opponent underhooking your legs”, then gives you short, concise videos of moves & submissions you can do from that position with a swipe of your finger on your mobile phone or a click of a mouse on your desktop.
The iGrapple® is designed specifically to help you apply the principle of FOCUS & CONCENTRATED EFFORT with greater ease & speed than you could do on your own.