Do The Best You Can With What You Have

Written by on April 9, 2018

Not everyone can have a all-star team around them. For some competitors, they are the best in their gym and have a hard time being challenged in practice. If you are in this predicament, don’t be discouraged. You can get great work in even if you are on a higher level than your training partner(s). Here are some tips that I have used to get the most out of a training session with lower belts:

  1. Use technique and timing instead of strength. Technique is great; technique with muscle behind it is even better. Whenever I am rolling with a less experienced partner, I limit my strength. The reason I do is to make sure the technique I’m going for is clean as possible. This way, once I am in a more strenuous situation, when I do use strength, it’ll have supreme technique behind it.
  2. Experiment with new moves. I train with straight up killers and I am hesitant to try new things because if I make a mistake, there are dire consequences. I still experiment anyway. If you have the opportunity to go with a partner that is at a lower power level than you, experiment as much as possible. If you do make a mistake with the new technique, you likely won’t be thrashed.
  3. Allow your training partners to work their game, then neutralize it. Although you’re training with a lower level guy/girl, they still have skills and a game that they know well. There can be a blue belt level athlete, with a position or system that is of black belt level quality. Put yourself in their web and figure a way out.
  4. Put yourself in bad positions. When you get to a certain level, it’s rare to get put in a precarious position. Although it sucks being caught in mount and other positions like it, you need continue to work out of these spots frequently. You never know when you’ll have to fight out of back mount and submit your opponent to win a match.

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