HERE'S WHY IT WORKS:
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.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
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.
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