Master Behring talked about “honing your best weapon” in his seminar. He also said you should “look for ways to get your best weapon”.
I know the weapon of choice for my friend Justin at West Side. It is the baseball choke. I heard him mention the other day that he didn’t want to be a one choke wonder. He expressed the thought he needs to stop doing baseball chokes and find a new submission. Brad, another friend at West Side, said the same about his favorite neck crank.
Wouldn’t Master Behring’s advice then seem counter intuitive? As I thought it over I thought of a funnel. The mouth of the funnel is the setup, transition and positions. The spout is a very limited set of submissions. The larger the mouth of the funnel the more likely you are to get the liquid into the funnel and container no matter the size of the spout at the end.
This began to boil down in my mind to the old idiom “The best offense is a good defense”. If you are working on building understand of various ways to get to your submission you are increasing your defense. The other option is to increase you offense or arsenal of submissions.
I came to the conclusion that Master Behring’s advice is the better of the two. BJJ is about survival first. A stalemate is not a loss. Build your defense by increasing your skills and technique in getting positions and improving transitions. This way you can direct the fight to your chosen out come, the weapon you have honed to perfection for the kill.
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