Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the impossible game. The recurring proof that there’s always more to learn is what makes it so appealing. Because you’re competing with intelligent, adaptable people who know what you’re trying to do; each situation is more complicated than the last. For me, understanding the unique expressions of people’s games is one of the ongoing joys of jiujitsu. Everyone has specific tendencies, so I decided to name them. It makes things a little easier to keep track of. These are some of my favorites.
The Mad Scientist- always knows the latest developments and the counters. This enthusiastic student has watched every DVD and YouTube video you’ve ever heard of. Implementing this information in its entirety is only possible if the MS has also discovered time travel.
Second, just as common.
The Basics Enthusiast- arguably has the best jiujitsu. After a couple rolls, you will know exactly what is going to happen. The BE doesn’t need to go fast, be flexible, or even use much strength. You find yourself looking at an entry level lesson with all the details in perfect place. Once the game gets rolling, it’s near unstoppable.
Third, don’t be under this one.
The Ton of Bricks- is one with gravity. This may be the nicest person in the gym, who occasionally imposes measured discomfort in scientific fashion. The TOB can place astonishing pressure on a variety of precise points to maintain control, set traps, or submit you with position alone.
Number four, looks at everything backwards.
The Ankle Biter- plays a totally different game. You think you’ve perfected your guard, then the AB attacks your legs and feet. After an ego bruising lesson, it’s time to start all over again considering the possibility of footlocks. For a while, it seemed like every gym had one. Now, they are as plentiful as cocklebur in the woods.
Fifth, try to keep up.
The Athlete- often an accomplished tournament competitor or MMA fighter. The Athlete usually has a reasonably simple game, implemented with perfect timing. When you relax for a second, submissions are pounced on- like a cat on a red dot.
Mixes and variations of these styles and others make a complex canvas to develop your own game. What makes it seem possible is that almost everyone will take a minute to explain what they’re doing, after they crush what’s left of your ego. Have fun out there!