I’ve been asked this question a few times by some of my more advanced students…
“How do you keep things interesting for yourself when you are rolling with somebody that you are much better than.”
Sometimes during rolling time you will end up matched up with someone that you are much more experienced than. You should take the opportunity to learn from this experience by handicapping yourself. By doing so you will start to think outside the box and develop parts of your game that that you wouldn’t have seen before.
Some examples of how you might handicap yourself are:
- Starting from a bad position (mounted, bottom side control, opponent at your back)
- Choosing a specific finish. (ex. Mount, then cross choke or left armbar from guard) If you really want to make this one challenging tell your opponent that this is the only way you can win.
- Roll only using one hand.
- Roll using no hands.
- Work on your escapes (we can all use more time here)
- Flo with the go (only move where there is space, find ways to attack and escape without expending any energy).
By employing some of these strategies you will make the roll more interesting for yourself and your training partner.