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TFS#98: Head Positioning, Developing Mental Grit, & Using Your Mat Time

“Don’t let other people tell you what you want.” — Pat Riley

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It’s easy to give into an idea when we’re feeling lost.

But to get the best answers, you have to find your own.

Which requires work.

Going out and keeping an open mind to different answers will get you closer to what you’re looking for.

And don’t accept them so easily.

Now on to today’s topics…


Head positioning for passing

This isn’t so much a technique, but more of a general concept for understanding passing.

Your head positioning does multiple things:

  • It acts as a 5th limb, used to pin another part of your opponent’s body.

  • It keeps your head low, making it hard for your opponent to pummel their feet to re-guard.

  • It keeps your chest low, closing the space between your chest and your opponent’s chest.

Remember to keep your eyes up, don’t just duck your head down hoping something good happens.

With good head positioning, there are options to enter into back attacks from here.

If you’re interested in these options, reply to this email with “back” and I’ll make sure you get more details.


Your mental grit

Jiu-Jitsu isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay.

But for those of us who decide to train and aim to achieve a black belt one day…we all know we’re in for a ride.

Injuries will occur and hopefully nothing major.

But the real challenge is having the mental fortitude to continuously press forward through various obstacles.

Becoming mentally stronger requires multiple avenues of practices.

As always, be patient with your process.

Building strength and confidence takes time.

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Use it wisely

This past week I shared my thoughts on varies ways to make more out of your sparring time.

Depending on what you’re working on, changing up the way you use your sparring rounds will help you more than normal sparring.

Your favorite training partners shouldn’t just be the ones that you feel safest with.

But in fact the ones that push your limits. (In a safe manner, of course.)

There is never just one way to train and you should constantly be evaluating what you need in the moment.

This is part of building “self-awareness.”


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