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    It's been a crapple month

    I've been in Martial Arts since I can remember, primarily striking, but MA none the less. A few years ago I took a break (crappy relationship-type break) and got back into MMA about six to eight months ago. ANYWAY, grappling was new to me, but I took to it pretty quickly, I've always been no gi in BJJ and Submission Grappling and it's worked for me, until recently.

    Usually I don't have much trouble holding my own against a blue belt (though submitting one is incredibly rare, I can 'win' on points), but lately I've been crappling, bad. As in, semi-experienced guys have become hard to submit and though I can still avoid being submitted, I don't feel like I'm progressing anymore. I ask for pointers whenever I roll with more experienced people, but I can't seem to lock in armbars, maintain position (like mount), lock in triangles, etc. It's like I'm from the friggen Lion's Den (ankle locks FTW!) except without progression.

    Now then, how am I to improve outside of continuing going to class?

    I'm good at memorizing new moves and performing them on a semi-resisting opponent and I am very observant when it comes to watching excellent grapplers do their thing, but it's acting that's killing me. What the hell am I missing?

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Go to class, suck it up and be patient.

    Also, there are numerous threads with motherfuckers crying because they can't progress in BJJ.

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    It's irritating, but instead of bitching, I want to know if there's anything I can do, actively, to get better. I'm not quitting, I'm still going 4-5 times a week but GAH.

    Look, if I don't get better at this, how am I supposed to kill a bear with my bare hands? Hmm? Exactly. I won't. I'll get killed - and then who'll look stupid/have to pay the funeral bills? Family. Oh wait, that's awesome.

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    Are these the same blue belts as before? If so the answer is easy, they're not going as easy on you, 'cause you ain't a newb any more.

    Don't be disheartened, it's actually a sign that you're getting better.

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    I tend to roll with three blues consistently, but there are another three that I roll with every once in a while.

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    Everyone hits plateau's in their training. You progress a lot, then all of a sudden you can't tap anyone it seems. It's a regular part of training. Just be patient and keep working. I hit a plateau like that about 3-4 months ago and I'm just now starting to get past it. It sucks, but it's the nature of the game.

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    Just go beat up some ninjas. That tends to make people feel better about themselves.

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    Can I beat up some Dim Mak masters too?

    OR BOTH!

    Ashida Kim, here I come!

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    I don't give a **** what you do, just stop being a whining *****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yojimbo1717
    I've been in Martial Arts since I can remember, primarily striking, but MA none the less. A few years ago I took a break (crappy relationship-type break) and got back into MMA about six to eight months ago. ANYWAY, grappling was new to me, but I took to it pretty quickly, I've always been no gi in BJJ and Submission Grappling and it's worked for me, until recently.

    Usually I don't have much trouble holding my own against a blue belt (though submitting one is incredibly rare, I can 'win' on points), but lately I've been crappling, bad. As in, semi-experienced guys have become hard to submit and though I can still avoid being submitted, I don't feel like I'm progressing anymore. I ask for pointers whenever I roll with more experienced people, but I can't seem to lock in armbars, maintain position (like mount), lock in triangles, etc. It's like I'm from the friggen Lion's Den (ankle locks FTW!) except without progression.

    Now then, how am I to improve outside of continuing going to class?

    I'm good at memorizing new moves and performing them on a semi-resisting opponent and I am very observant when it comes to watching excellent grapplers do their thing, but it's acting that's killing me. What the hell am I missing?
    http://bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=63644

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