I was traveling the blogshere and found a post by John Will, in Australia. It’s called “The Fluid Game”. The discussion of the post circles around the game development of a BJJ practitioner. We’ve all watched a BJJ Black Belt move. They flow from one position / technique to another like water.
I’m a striker, but I’ve fallen in love with BJJ. I remember that moment when BJJ clicked and I became enamoured with it. When my sons lived at home they would watch MMA bouts. I’m a striker, so I would lose interest when the fights would go to the ground. I would actually get up and leave the room to go read or wash dishes. Then I saw Miquel Torres roll. I was fascinated by the beauty of it. How he flowed from one position to another. I was mesmerized like one gets when they watch a stream meander around pebbles. For the first time, I saw the beauty, grace, and purpose of BJJ.
People tell me that my standup is beautiful, that it looks almost like I’m dancing. The reason this is so, is that I worked really hard on flow. I developed a “game plan”. Much like a chess player, I developed strategies that flow off of one another. My sparring is a continuous flow of complexity. An ever-changing kaleidoscope of technique. I want that in my grappling as well. I want it to flow gracefully like a stream around little pebbles. So, I need to refocus on my “game plan” developement. Stay focused on that.
Thank you John Will.