Many traditional martial arts only show you techniques and then hope or assume that when it comes time to use the techniques in a self-defense situation, you’ll be able to put those moves to use to protect yourself. One of the hallmarks of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is the focus on training what you’ve been shown live, against a resisting opponent. This process is known as sparring or “rolling”.
Rolling is to many one of the most fun parts of jiu-jitsu. It’s an opportunity to try out all those tricks you’ve been excited to put into practice. Many BJJ classes end in sparring or even have a dedicated spot on the training schedule when there’s no formal instruction, just “open mat”: free sparring among whoever shows up.
When you are sparring in jiu-jitsu, do you usually like to spend a lot of time with a single opponent, or do you tend to change partners quickly so you can get exposed to everyone’s style more? Let us know what you prefer by voting in our poll this week!