When it comes to Jiu Jitsu I tend to be a thinker and I tend to play the percentages. When training with unfamiliar people I have zero issues giving up positions in order to analyze pass / sweep set ups and submission chains. This made last week’s IBJJF New York Open and today’s Grapplethon very interesting and exciting geek out events. The New York Open was coach and observe mode while Grapplethon was roll and take notes based on actual experience. I won’t dive into the details too much but if you find that you relate to any of these observations there’s a YouTube for that. Shore up your “go to” or learn to attack against these observation points and you will instantly improve your overall performance.

Observation #1 – Knee cut pass was by the far the number 1 pass attempted. Of these attempts, the majority of them started with a poorly executed (hence defended) torrendo attempt. Stalled knee cuts ended up leading to observation #2. Top players, fix your knee cut or bottom players, place a priority on defending it.

Observation #2 Deep Half Guard and Single Leg X were the most played guard styles. Personally, I don’t play either one but I can see why many people make this transition while defending the stalled knee cut. Comfort passing these positions will instantly raise the level of your ability to pass and put your opponent at a serious disadvantage.

Observation #3 Purple belts like to berimbolo. The highest percentage of berimbolos were attempted at the purple belt level. In fact, this was the only attack / option attempted from DLR guard. If you are a purple belt, become efficient at defending the berimbolo and exploit your opponent’s weaknesses from DLR or force them back to Single Leg X and observation #2.

Observation #4 Newsflash – Chaining techniques does not only apply to submissions. If you plan to pass the guard of anyone above blue belt you need to chain your passes, pressure-speed, standing-kneeling. You must be able to do this effortlessly and efficiently. At a minimum chaining passes will put you in a better position to finish that second or third pass attempt vice hammering away at the same pass from your dominant side over and over and over.

It has been approximately 4 years of work on our effort to build a community and we don’t plan on stopping any time soon. One thing we have realized along the way is that outreach is difficult and despite that fact that people “need” the support network its often hard to bring them out of darkness. The question that remains is, “How do we spread awareness and how do we encourage people to participate and help build the community?”

There of plenty of examples of the potential Jiu Jitsu has to drive change, we simply need to refocus our perspective.

Go Fund me campaigns come and go (often unchecked) while hitting their targets and Jiu Jitsu technique channels get views well into the hundreds while non-profit foundations built to give back to the community often receive little support. Where are the subscribers and followers?

People in the Jiu Jitsu community drop $20 -$200 on a seminar (some simply to support someone’s personal travel) or a private lesson but won’t support a non-profit event with a $20-$25 donation. Most of the time it’s only in support of their specific home academy yet they are all claiming “unity/ community and changing lives”.

People spread Jiu Jitsu memes and self defense “fail videos” like hotcakes but rarely share an article about mental health issues or an event designed to support the community or a nonprofit.

These are just my observations and maybe they are just generalizations. Maybe people just don’t like Work Play Obsession and that’s fine. Please support the community in whatever way makes you feel comfortable but please support. Too many people are suffering in silence and we are losing those who choose to no longer suffer. We need an inclusive community tirelessly building a team that serves to provide a sense of purpose for those we care about.

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Rant over.