Game Diagnostics

Here is a very powerful method (one that I often employ as a professional coach) of identifying a starting point to improving someones 'game'. I developed this diagnostic tool about 15 years ago, and it has helped me help others ever since.
Almost in every case a student is exposed to and learns BJJ techniques in a very 'unbalanced' way. For example, they may know 10 ttacks form side control, 12 sweeps from the guard - but not know one thing about escaping the 'north-south' position. Another way of putting this is that they may have a blue or purple belt level of skill in some areas of their game but a white belt level of skill i other areas. obviously, this is not ideal. My diagnostic model simply highlights those areas of the game where we have weakness and allows us to address them and make our game more well-rounded.
We make a chart that highlights all of the main positions that occur during grappling. Firstly, for each and every one of those positions, we must assign a technique that we can employ with no hesitation. These techniques we call 'IA's' - or Immediate Actions. In short a students 'game' is determined by the IA's he or she assigns to each position.
Secondly, there must be three IA's assigned to each position - our preferred ATTACK - our preferred TRANSITION - and our preferred ESCAPE.
The ATTACK - should be the attack we feel most confident about.
The TRANSITION - if we are losing our position we should have exit strategy in place. Ie: where are we transitioning to if we are losing our position.
The ESCAPE - if we are the one's caught in the position (eg: under the mount, etc) wich is our favourite escape.
The important thing here is that each of these Immediate Actions - should be just that 'IMMEDIATE'! it is important that we access them right away and don't find ourselves scratching our heads and trying to decide which technique to use - when under pressure. In the high-end military and law enforcement world for example - they use the Immediate Action strategy for many situations that require a learned and appropriate response under pressure. The firearm jams - we 'drop-tap-tap-rack'. IA's save lives!
I am very confident that everyone will find my Diagnostics Model to be very useful.



Derek Simonds said…
Sir, I wanted to leave a quick note and tell you that your diagnostic tool is absolutely fabulous. I have been trying to categorize my game for a while and this will allow me to achieve exactly that. Last week I was discussing positional strategies and said I feel comfortable in transition around N/S, I don't really have any go to attacks other than an arm triangle or collar choke and when I am under N/S I don't have a go to escape.

This will allow me to think through all the elements mentally and determine where I have weakness.

Thanks again for posting.
JBW said…
You are welcome Derek. I am glad I could help. This is something I went through as a purple belt - and it REALLY helped me a lot. Hope it works as well for you.
Anonymous said…
Hello John.
I really liked the idea to categorize the skills.

I got a some questions becuase i got an other terminology hence im from Sweden.

Can u tel me what u mean with the position head to head. And then i wounder is not side control the same as side mount?

Best regards/Andreas
Unknown said…
hi, I am very interested in seeing this, however the download link no longer works. any chance I can get a new link to the file? thanks
HBM said…
I tried to download this but the link doesn't work. Is there a way to access your game diagnostics tool?
JBW said…
Sorry for all those who have found the link doesn't work anymore. It's a mystery to me. Contact me on facebook - and I'll happily flick you the simple tool I sometimes use now ... JBW
HBM said…
Thanks for responding, Mr. Will. I'd love to get that tool by contacting you on Facebook but can't seem to find you on Facebook. What's the exact name that your page is under? Thanks again.
JBW said…
HBM 0 and anyone else: my facebook page is:

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