Do you ever get on the mat and just start practicing techniques WITHOUT much thought to what you are focusing on in your training?
If you do, you’re not alone. Many people just practice whatever techniques are EASIEST to recall at the moment… the first thing that comes to their mind.
The problem with that is… you need to practice what CAN’T easily recall! That’s where you’re the weakest.
So, if you don’t know what you should be practicing whenever you get on the mat, here’s a quick trick to isolate exactly what you should be training.
It’s a simple concept, but many times the most simple things are both the best AND the most overlooked.
Here’s what to do. Outside of your training session, create a checklist of all your positions, similar to this:
- Mount on top
- Mount on the bottom
- Inside Guard
- North South
- Under North South
- Side Control on Top
- Side Control on Bottom
Now, your checklist may be much more detailed than that, depending on your level of experience. Keep it as a template you can reuse.
Next, simply grade your confidence in each of these positions on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 is lowest, 10 is highest). This should take less than a minute.
It will look something like this:
- Mount on top – 9
- Under the Mount – 5
- Guard – 7
- Inside Guard – 4
- North South on top – 6
- Under North South – 3
- Side Control on Top – 8
- Side Control on Bottom – 2
Now just go through your list to find your LOWEST scores, and those are almost certainly the positions you need to be focusing on. What you should practice becomes pretty obvious when you look objectively at your self-graded checklist.
However, without ever taking the few minutes required to actually do this, you are likely to never evaluate yourself and will generally just default to practicing whatever you can remember at the moment… rather than what you really need to practice!
Try this out… it’s an easy exercise that will have a big impact on your mat time.
P.S. If you need help with creating your checklist OR finding techniques to do in those positions you scored lowest on, watch this quick video:
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