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Rafael Lovato Jr. back control

BJJ Advice: Don't Stop If Your First Move Fails

advice tips May 14, 2023

Hey, it's Rafael... I have a quick question for you.

Do you know how many times I've managed to pull off the very first technique I'd go for in a roll? Especially against some of the more seasoned grapplers?
That's right. I don't know either. Because the number isn't that huge at all.

What I'm trying to say is, first move will rarely ever work in a roll.
If it does, it's usually because you're rolling against someone who is less skilled than you are. Or because they haven't seen or been hit with it before. And if it doesn't, well, that means that you're rolling against someone who is on the same level as you are. Or higher.

What this means is that you must not rely on the success of your first technique. There is a huge possibility that it'll fail - that it will be defended or countered successfully.
So, even though you should commit to it, you shouldn't stop when it fails. You should keep going.

You need to go for the next move, and then the next one... And the next one after that. Until you find success and get the tap.
You've got to learn how to work with sequences. On being able to follow up the previous technique with the next one.

For, if you develop this skill and if you keep developing it, you'll become a force to be reckoned with on the mats. That's a promise.

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