Jiu-Jitsu Letter

Late Stage Defense

The better you are at preventing bad positions, the less likely you are to be good at late stage defense.

Prevention is great. The best defense is to not be in bad position. However, you can’t rely on prevention to keep you safe forever. Be sure to invest time in late stage (or emergency) defense.

Allow someone to have your back and work out of it. It’s risky, as you’ll get tapped a lot at first. But that’s the point. Take risks on the practice mat. Because if you’re in a real fight, and you’re in unfamiliar territory, you’ll have no way out.

Don’t be weak at escapes when it matters most.

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