White Belt Tip: Don’t Wrestle the Wrestler

by Ryan Fiorenzi on October 20, 2012

Scenario:  You’ve been training consistently for 6 months and you have a match against a wrestler who has only been to two jiu-jitsu classes.  You roll with them and they dominate you on position.  You leave the school frustrated and disappointed.

There are a few things to keep in mind:

1)  You have 6 months jiu-jitsu, but they may have 15 years of wrestling.  It’s not submission experience, but it is grappling experience.

2)  Were you overconfident because it was their second class and you have 6 months?  Everyone at some point is overconfident and loses to someone that they could have beat because of overconfidence.

3)  Did you try to wrestle the wrestler?  If you started the match by trying to get the takedown, you tried to wrestle a wrestler.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  If you are trying to improve your takedowns, and you really pay attention to what they are doing, then you can learn from it.  But if your goal is to control and submit your partner, trying to eat them with what they are good at is a bad idea.

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