The Skill Problem

Everything we learn in grappling is “use-it-or-lose-it”. If you don’t keep using the armbar you learned, at some point you’ll forget it. I’m finding myself watching old DVDs for refreshers of even the most basic techniques these days because, quite simply, I’m not using them.

The holidays have kept me away from Saturday BJJ and in judo the only groundwork we do is randori and turtle breakdowns. If you’ve been keeping score at home you’re well aware of how I feel about judo’s emphasis on the turtle.

So this is my latest problem – I miss being able to to do all of the awesome stuff I love to do on the ground and because I don’t have an outlet to practice it, I know I’m starting to suck at it.


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