Jiu Jitsu Chess

One step sparring is common training method in traditional martial art. The basic way it works is by person A attacking, person B counter-attacking, then they reset and go again. The counter can be a prearranged sequence or person B is can be free to choose what they want to do.

Obviously, this is a completely unrealistic way of fighting; it can be a useful tool in developing your Jiu Jitsu.

By trading one technique for one technique, it allows you to see possible counters and gives you the time to think about what you are doing. This makes it useful for developing your game plan.

I call this drill Jiu Jitsu chess. I shared how to use this drill during the Game Planning Mastermind. And I want to it to share it with you too. Check out the video below to see how to use Jiu Jitsu Chess in your training.

There are a couple of important things to remember that will help both you and your partner make the most out of playing Jiu Jitsu Chess.

  • One move means one move, not a sequence.
  • Stick with in the core principles of Jiu Jitsu – don’t use unrealistic techniques or attacks
  • Work with your partner – help them understand where to go next.
  • Look for ways to jump ahead of your partner – for example, using a sweep that leaves you in back mount vs a sweep that leaves you in guard.
  • Practice both offence and defence – don’t always put your partner in bad positions.

I hope all that makes sense? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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