The Secret of Repetition

by Ryan Fiorenzi on December 16, 2012

Do you realize that you can be a purple belt in BJJ and one technique or part of your game can be at black belt level?  The ONLY way this is possible is to use this formula (or something very similar) for repetition. What I’m about to share with you is the secret of how to rep a technique.  Have you ever wondered how Ryan Hall was tapping black belts when he was a purple belt with the triangle?  If you use this process, you can have similar success.

  1. You learn a new technique.  Start with slow repetition to get all the parts of the technique.
  2. Move onto repetition with speed.
  3. Have your partner add light and medium resistance.
  4. Now ask for full resistance.

Adding full resistance will be where things can get a little tricky.  When your partner adds full resistance, they may be preventing you from doing the technique, or they may be doing the counter.  Now you have to add other dimensions to the technique, or other techniques.  There is a way to prevent and counter every technique.  And you want to know this!  Don’t try live in an imaginary world where you can do any technique to anyone at any time.

Let’s say that you want to learn a new collar choke from the closed guard.  You start by doing 30 or so reps with no resistance.  You then ask your partner to give you light resistance.  Now instead of completing the technique in 4 seconds, it may take you 10 seconds.  You feel even more comfortable with the technique, so you ask for full resistance.

Now your partner may prevent your first hand from grabbing your collar.  So you will need to find a way to trap their arm first in order to prevent them from preventing you from getting your grip.  Or they may have a counter that completely unravels your attack.  This is where you have to counter their counter.  It may mean that you make one adjustment and go right back to your original collar choke, or you have to switch to a completely different technique.

If you suffer from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Attention Deficit Disorder (B.J.J.A.D.D.), then you won’t make it past stage 2.  Or it may be what Lloyd Irvin calls “BJJ bitchassness.”

Continued in part 2…

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  • Westrun

    Incredible article… Thanks Ryan.

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