One thing I’m learning from Jiu Jitsu is to attack the strategy of your opponent. That’s a thing you can always do– attack strategy. This is not as simple as it sounds. Usually we’re fighting the tactics– defending a choke– trying to win a game that our opponent has chosen. This is about figuring out what the game plan is, then interrupting it.
It’s about understand that if you fight tactics, even if you win, your victory is defined by the fact that you’re reacting against someone else. The fact that you were stronger might be enough, for now. It means you’re focusing your efforts in a lot of directions, it’s wasted energy, unnecessary movement and avoidable resistance.
Tactical victories are fierce. They usually involve expending more power than your opponent, playing a strength game. Do you really think there is a chance that you can always be slightly stronger, or a little bit more athletic than your opponent? That’s the resistance strategy– they’ll guard pass hard, so I will resist, harder.
Attacking their strategy is a better long-term plan for Jiu Jitsu. It’s about getting inside and disrupting. Instead of fighting my opponents moves I am trying to look at my Jiu Jitsu through this prism- “what is their strategy?” and “can I go around it, disrupt it or nullify it?”
Attacking strategy is not only the most productive channel for your resources, but it’s the most authentic path you can take in Jiu Jitsu. When it comes to the game of Jiu Jitsu your positioning is crucial. The best possible position to be in is your own, so play your game and refuse to be determined by another’s.