This week’s entry is going to focus less on actual mindset and more on organizing your skills in a way that maximizes their effectiveness.
No skills exist in a vacuum. A world class jab, for example, can’t simply be spammed non stop successfully. The jab plays off footwork, feints, power shots, and so on.
It’s important to organize your skills into small systems. It is the sum of these systems that defines your “game.”
I prefer to keep those systems small, with a minimum of three techniques included. By having three options in any given scenario, you can play any one option off the other.
Once the primary attack is recognized, you switch to the secondary attack, and so on. Once the secondary attack is recognized, you switch to the tertiary attack. And once they are wise to that, you go back to your initial attack.
There is no limit to how you can organize your systems, and you may find inspiration from unlikely areas. A gripping technique used to pass a guard may have an extremely useful application in your kimura system, for example.
Always work, grow, and expand your systems! Nothing exists in a vacuum, so contextualizing all new information is essential. If you cannot provide the proper context, ask a coach or teammate or head to the internet. There is no lack of information available in the world. Leverage it!