Situational sparring and positional drilling is a training method used by virtually every single black belt and high level BJJ competitor.
In this type of training you start out in a certain position or situation and define specific end points where you reset and start again.
For example, if you were to start in the sitting guard then you might stop if the guy on the bottom gets the sweep or the guy on the top gets the guard pass. As soon as one or the other condition is achieved you reset in the original position and go again.
Or you might start with one guy in the turtle position and his partner on top with his arms locked in the seatbelt. The top guy wins if he takes the back and chokes the bottom man out, and the bottom guy wins if he manages to dislodge the other guy’s sternum from the middle of his back.
Being this specific in your training allows you to explore a position much more deeply than if you just did regular sparring.
Don’t get me wrong – regular sparring is incredibly important in BJJ. But all high level jiu-jitsu guys spend time doing situational sparring and positional drilling in addition to regular, anything-goes sparring.
In the video below you’ll see examples of me drilling both the sitting guard position and the turtle position with my good friend and training partner Ritchie Yip, so check it out!
P.S. Ritchie teaches both Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and kickboxing in Vancouver, BC. Check out Infighting.ca for more information about his schools.
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