One of the best things I ever did that helped me grow in my journey of Jiu Jitsu was make a flow chart. It’s really easy if you are keeping a notebook, too.
When you first start out when you are rolling, it can be difficult to remember what to do and where to go.
“What do I do with my hands?”
Sitting down and quietly replaying positions and submissions in your head with a pencil to notebook in hand, can help you navigate smooth transitions mentally.
For example, mount position. What can I do if I am on top? I can start setting up for a cross collar choke, but what if they defend? I can transition to an armbar.
Another example, closed guard. There are so many options, what do I do? One option, set up for a cross collar choke, but transition into a scissor sweep to mount. (Then you have options from mount.)
Another way to help yourself, is by flow rolling. I think when we first begin, we feel we must put 100% of our everything behind our technique, which makes us exhausted and often force positions. We should take what is given. Flow rolling can help slow one down to actually see the position and analyze it. It is a roll of give and take without going 100%. You see a submission, touch it and let it go and let the person work out of it, and you will start to see other options, too.
This can be SO beneficial for the beginner. Keeping a notebook to write down techniques gone over in class can help you jog your memory later on. Writing out your flow chart of positions to submission chains can help your mental game as well.
Flow rolling can help by not forcing positions or submissions and recognizing how to transition and escape. It really is give and take, and allows one to be more open minded in their movements.
Do you flow?