Leading up to tournaments, usually the week of the competition, I gather all of my competitors together and have them work through their game plans with a partner. This is basically a simulated match in which they start standing, just as you would in a tournament. Your partner provides minimal resistance and allows you to walk through what you would do in any given position or situation in a match.
Before a tournament a while back I was having my students work on the drill described above, when shortly after the simulation started a question arose “Coach, how do I do this move?” to which I replied “If you’re having to think about how to do it, it will already be too late in a real match”. After my response I could sense a little confusion so I explained that you should only try moves that you know during a tournament, it’s not a time to try things that you don’t know or haven’t had much practice with in training or live rolling. Continue reading