How to Increase Your Timing and Sensitivity in BJJ
Here’s a simple tip to increase your timing and sensitivity in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: when you roll, try closing your eyes. As a wise man with a light saber once said, “Your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them.”
There are many times in BJJ when you think a move is there. And visually it may look like it is But in a game of inches, sometimes just because it looks like it’s there, doesn’t mean it is.
If you keep your eyes closed when you roll you will may notice a couple of things:
#1 – You don’t force moves as much
It’s much easier to feel whether a sweep is there or not when your eyes are closed. You can sense where your opponent’s energy is going much more clearly when your mind focuses on feeling vs seeing.
#2 – Your timing gets better
With your eyes closed it’s much easier to know when and where to move. Sweeps become much more effortless with the eyes closed because you can simply feel where you opponent wants to go. You just have to guide him there.
#3 – Your endurance improves
Greater timing and sensitivity translates to more efficiency which in turn allows you to train for longer periods of time without getting tired.
What to watch out for
#1 – Other people!
Obviously you need to be safe doing this. If it’s a super crowded open mat or really hard training, this is probably not the best idea.
#2 – Not panicking
You may need to slowly ease into keeping your eyes closed the whole time. It can get especially unnerving when your opponent disengages then reengages. Often times you may not be able to feel exactly where he is.
At first, it’s okay to peek every now and then. But use this is an opportunity to discipline yourself to remain calm as you feel your way around.
Give it a shot and let me know how it goes!