If you’ve ever played Street Fighter, Tekken, Mortal Combat, or any video game where your character (and your enemies) have a health bar, you know how important it is to keep your health bar in good condition.
Because when it reaches zero, you lose.
In a real-life fighting game that is BJJ, it’s the same thing.
If your opponent submits you, your health bar crashes and goes to zero. But this is not the only way your health bar goes down.
Each time you make a move, it goes down. If your move is unnecessary and/or explosive, it goes down pretty quickly.
Your opponent’s offense can damage your health bar, too.
Whenever you are forced to react to your opponent, you are likely to be spending your energy.
Or, instead, you could create intense pressure against your opponent and put them into a defensive situation where they have to spend their energy.
Imagine you and your opponent have a health bar, respectively.
What can you do to take their energy away from them? Think about it and see how it works.
Every move counts.