Developing your "style" and "gameplan"
Not sure if this is advanced grappling material, but in order to answer this question I believe you have to be at least "blue belt" level.
(Maybe even more, when you consider that they say you start to build your style on brown-black belt level)
Till recently, I haven't been a guy that has a "game". I was just a type of guy who learns a lot of stuff and just uses whatever he wants depending on the current situation.
One important reason for this is that I like exploring in BJJ. Putting myself in positions that I'm not familiar with and learning something new everyday. No problem even if it means tapping more often than I should.
However, I also hadn't had the chance to join tournaments for a long time either. (Stupid rules about belts or nationality in where I'm living atm)
But just when I had an opportunity to join a tourney at last (1-2 months ago) my instructor (which is a new one after the old team has disbanded) asked me:
"So what's your gameplan?"
I thought "what gameplan? Just go there and do what works"
But after discussing with him and some other friends, instructors etc. I can see many people have their own gameplans, based on their "style"
Tourney has passed, I kinda developed a gameplan for myself which worked OK in tournament, however I am still not very satisfied.
The reason is, I am not sure on what to be focusing on while developing and building my style while I'm getting closer to the brown or black belt level.
Because it seems, what works for me, what my physical build is prone to or what i like, are three different things for me.
A very tight guard and tight top control seems to work for me, while people suggest me to be more explosive and fast depending on my physique.
What I LIKE doing more is though, is the whole technical, soft jiu jitsu.
This is what confuses me the most. Because I feel like I'm on a level where I need to develop something unique to me but cannot decide what to do it on.
You may suggest that the terms style, gameplan are not laws and you can always switch between them, but many black belts I heard suggests: "BB's all have their styles and something they are good at. For example I am known for my XYZ skills"
TL;DR I'd like to ask you guys:
Till now, what has been the point that made you build your style on.
Have you been focusing on your best gameplan only?
(Depending on what works on tourneys or sparring sessions)
Have you been focusing on something depending on your physique?
(This is almost the same as first one, but has less trial and error in it i gues. Like having long legs so playing a lot of dela riva etc.)
Or you have been only focusing on what you just like doing most?
Or one more possibility, you just don't really give a crap about all this style thing, do everything you can and leave it to time to show you what you excel at?
All opinions from all levels are appreciated, however I really would like to hear what purple and higher level people think.