Purple Belt aka "The Rolling Belt"
Below are some tips, some perspectiveand some ideas, for progression at Purple Belt.
Some ideas are focused on... what the belt IS, what your mission is, and why people might get their Black Belt, but actually NEVER move past the Purple Beltin skill. These professors have experience to make up for the difference, but usually lack the strategy and concepts to be as effective as possible.
Your futureOnce you hit Purple Belt, your chances of stopping Jiu-Jitsu just got drastically lower. By the time you have made it to this belt, you have fit BJJ into your life and it is cemented as a permanent fixture.
Your key to success is to realize, it is how purposeful you are training at this belt, not how often.How many more moves do you need to know?!?! It is time to take the techniques and moves you know and put them into action with grace, fluidity, and efficiency.
"It's not about the MOVES, it's about the movements." - Tom Murphy
I refer to the Purple Belt as "The Rolling Belt", because I truly believe this is the belt that you master your grappling skills. This is the belt where the instructor can't hold your hand as much anymore because you are developing your PERSONAL movement and skill. You are entering a semi-unteachable world of BJJ!
How to develop what can't be taughtTransitions : Make sure the gaps between positions, submissions, and reversals are being tightened. When you sweep someone can you get to mount or is your timing off? Transitions are sometimes taught, but you have to take the initiative to free your mind, and move.
Anticipation : Start to read your opponent and develop a feel and sense of how he/she is going to move or react. This sixth sense is what people search years for in their BJJ journey. Test it out, give openings and close opening, study the psychology. You don't fight, let them fight!
Combinations : There are TWO major focuses in this category. You have to understand how to NOT over commit and you must be able to look at the position from the "Ceiling View". Get your notebook out and think of combos, here's how...
7 ways you should be rollingIf you roll the same, every time you roll, you are slowing progression. If you submit the same person with the same technique, you are trapping yourself in a"skill-time warp". If you don't roll differently with certain ages, body types or skill levels, you are doing a disservice to you and them in practice.
**Do not experiment with techniques that do not pass through 'the injury, future injury, requires strengths and requires flexibility' FILTER**
"You can listen to me now or wait until you are 65." - Frank Popolizio
You are now freeing yourself from the stress of mastering the basics and can start opening up and allowing the abstract form of rolling take shape. You should be seeing the "big picture" of Jiu-Jitsu much more clear and have blended the 100's of techniques you know into concepts that allow you to start applying them rapidly. You must see the "blend" of techniques in the various situations.
The figurative samurai sword has been sharpened, once you hit Black Belt. The Purple Belt has acquired the sword and has the skills, but still needs to smooth out the blade for extreme precision.
Purple vs Brown vs BlackThis belt is so fascinating to me. Some people say that a Purple Belt has learned all of the techniques it needs to know. What they do not have is, the experience, the DETAILS, psychology, and ability to be analytical that only a true Black Belt has from their years on the mat.
It's quite interesting, but the difference is...
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