BJJ: Setting things up aka Combinations
Hello my fellow jiujitsu brethren. In my game, as it stands, I'm beginning to realize that the next big obstacle for me is to start planning ahead, setting up my opponent for a sweep/sub/whatever. I have some VERY basic combinations that I have been trying to work on: armbar/high guard to omoplata, half guard sweep (changing directions), etc. The reason I want to begin working on setting up my moves is to streamline my game and cultivate my sensitivity and timing. Up until this point, a lot of my game was just getting to a certain position and then just kind of steamrolling into a certain submission.
One example would be the bent armlock from north south. I would get to north-south and then just try to get the bent armlock and if that didn't work, I'd go to the straight armlock. One fundamental change that I want to make in my game is that instead of thinking one step at a time, i.e. pass guard...stop....move to north-south...stop...figure four arm...stop....try to crank...stop...try to crank...stop...move to straight armlock, i want to think, okay, I'm in his guard and I'm going to try to get the straight armlock. Basically just know what I'm going to end up in and work toward getting my timing and sensitivity to a point where I can feel the resistance changing and then move myself accordingly.
I think an important step in that direction would be to have a few very specific techniques reserved for a situation. Then break down those techniques, and find how they move my opponents body and what kind of resistance those techniques get, then choose techniques that will capitalize on the resistance. Basically, I need to become intimately familiar with the basics and how they affect the body, then tie them together according to which techniques flow best with each other. I.e. the most basic combination ever, guillotine > hip bump > bent armlock from the guard.