You can learn a lot about yourself by watching yourself on video.
It’s best to do this with a coach or training partner who also knows you very well so that you have another set of eyes giving you feedback.
Grab your notepad, take some notes and become more aware of where you might be able to make some subtle changes to your game. Remember, watching yourself on video is a valuable tool whether regardless of if you’re planning to compete or not, after all BJJ is about being better then you were yesterday. You may see things that you want to continue doing in the future, and you may find many other areas that you can improve on.
Of course, during the session you need to focus, you gotta bring your best effort, and that’s really the most important part of all of this, no point rolling half-arsed and looking to improve your game. But, if you can assess your training videos, you’ll be able to improve for when it matters most.
Continue to look for areas that you can improve on, and appreciate the areas that you crushed!
Aspects of your performance to assess
Layout – Were you minimizing space between movements? Was anything causing you to take more transition or rest time than you’d like?
Movement – Were you moving as efficiently as possible using solid and safe techniques?
Pace – Were you using your movement efficiently or were you wasting energy on meaningless movement?
Body language and posture – Were you spending precious escape time remaining still? How was your posture in all positions?
Focus – If it was a match you filmed were you regularly looking at the ref, the clock, spectators, or all over the place throughout? Or were you 100% on point focused where you needed to be throughout.
Breathing – Were you taking intentional deep breaths throughout? When were you intentionally taking a centering breath or was it erratic from the start.
Response to challenge – How did you respond to a sweep or a pass or frustration due to your opponents movement?
If you watch yourself roll you or your coach/training partner can pick up certain holes in your game you can then practice visualizing a smooth performance. You can use the temporary setbacks as steps to help you get to the next level. Recreate the same situation in your mind and make the changes that you need to in order to improve your performance, work on them the next time you train and you will be surprised how quickly you begin to progress.
Imagine yourself staying composed and confident while you are moving perfectly through the round. Continue to visualize yourself fixing that poor performance with better mechanics and the proper mentality.
Get comfortable watching yourself on video so that you can practice mentally rehearsing a more positive performance and outcome.
The more aware you can be of your performance breakdowns, the better you will be at fixing them…therefore having them less often.
Try it out when you can!
See you on the Mats soon!