While up to this point I’ve tackled frequency, doing something on a regular basis doesn’t ensure you’ll get better.
To do this we need to make sure we practice fundamentals, which is more challenging than you’d think as there isn’t as much fundamental information out there compared to the latest and greatest. Think about it, how often do you see a hidden detail on something as basic as a trap and roll escape as demonstrated by Rickson Gracie on his recent appearance on ‘This Week In BJJ?’
Let’s face it, an elbow escape from the mount or cross-side management strategy isn’t as exciting as a spider guard to kneebar combination used to win the world championships, so you have a rare practitioner indeed who ignores the masses and consistently works what he or she knows will pay off in the long run.
Further, I would say possibly the majority of BJJ moves out there are a result of compensating for a misunderstanding of the fundamentals. While this is not always the case, and we need to keep our minds and hearts open to genuine innovation and adaption, don’t assume you understand something unless you’ve logged in the hours. Even then, log in more!