Slow Rolling

"Go slow, fall like shadows
Perfect shapeless shape shifter"

Grappling is all about sensitivity and anticipation of your opponents next move. This is one of the things that makes it so dope.

If I may quote Rickson:

"The most interesting aspect of jiu-jitsu, of course the techniques are great, but the most interesting aspect is the sensibility of the opponent, the sense of touch, the weight, the movement, the transition from one movement to another, that's the amazing thing about it. You must allow yourself to be like on automatic pilot, so you don't know exactly where you're going until the movement happens. You cannot anticipate what's going to happen. You must allow yourself to be in a zero point, a neutral point and be relaxed and connected with the variations. So you pretty much, flow with the go. This is a point beyond the knowledge. Years and years of playing around give you this kind of sensibility."

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So why is it so hard to find people to actually roll slowly with? I really know the answer already. The competitive nature of the game makes people forget the we are just flowing from position to position. I know you are strong and I know you are quick already. We will have time for you to show that off. I guess I was like that at one time. Now I understand the frustration.

I like to compete just as much as the next person (as long as there are no chemicals involved). But guess what I like more than competing? GETTING BETTER!

That's the only reason you even see me on the mat. I am there to get better. I am there to make my anticipation reveal new and different options. I want to increase the amount of "bread and butter" moves in my tool belt.

So please, when it is time to roll slow (flow), take it easy.

Thanks and have a nice day.