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People often compare BJJ with chess.

The accuracy of this comparison is up for debate, but BJJ does involve problem-solving.

When you roll against someone, you and the other player are creating problems for each other.

Your aim is to create a set of problems your opponent struggles to solve.

At the same time, you want to make sure to solve every problem they create for you.

Each problem is made up of smaller components.

Some components are easier to solve than others. Some others may be a bit trickier.

Also, keep in mind that some components are more threatening than others.

For example, if someone is on your back and actively trying to go for rear naked choke, it’s probably not time to worry about their hooks.

You need to deal with the most immediate danger that is rear naked choke.

But of course, you want to deal with your problems in their earlier stages while they are easy to solve.

And it’s better to look for smaller components you can solve quickly or easily as well.

In the beginning, you may need to look for these smaller components consciously and learn how to solve them.

But, if you approach each sparring with this mindset and work on solving problems, your body will learn to recognize them soon enough.