|The closed guard demonstrated by Dunk-man and Jordan|
Long story short, Damien managed to maintain posture and opened Mike's guard. Yes Mike did actually sweep him after that (proving that he knew the technique) but much energy was expended and Damien was in a better spot to recover from the sweep with a quick guard recovery (in competition, I think this would have resulted in an advantage being awarded, rather than 2points for the sweep + 4 for the mount!). I mentioned my thoughts later to them and also said: "the biggest difference between a white and a blue belt in BJJ is knowing when to let go (in this case, of the closed guard) and move on to the next technique (the sweep)".
Mike later posted a question on the Part Time Grappler:
“What else do you think a blue belt should be able to do that a white belt can't?”
I hate it when people listen to the rubbish I talk and then quote me :)
The way I see it, the main difference between a white and blue belt is knowing when to let go (and transition to the next move, manoeuvre, technique, position...etc.) Of course I'm referring here to an experienced white belt who practically “knows” the same moves and fundamentals as the blue belt.
Mike's question, however, is different! He asks “What (else) do you think a blue belt should be able to do that a white belt can't?” The answer to that is very, very simple.
A **insert colour here** is someone who can perform and bring game to peers of that belt colour of similar weight, height and other attributes. It’s not about beating them or not getting tapped. It’s about matching them on a consistent basis without an over-reliance on athletic attributes.
That’s it. No more. No less.
This particularly means the journey between White and Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is broken into 3 rough parallel highways:
- Learning fundamental BJJ techniques and working them against progressive resistance
- Learning to spar against peers, using technique instead of speed and strength
More on that in later posts. In the meantime, feast your eyes on this fantastic dicussion by Conan about belts in BJJ and this beautiful video about Jiu Jitsu.
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