I was talking to a training buddy last night, and he mentioned the "BJJ is like chess" trope, I got to thinking about it a bit and really I think it's not so much like chess at all. I think it is more along the lines of something like that old Yugio card game or Magic the Gathering or something. Each player has their own deck, stacked with the cards they prefer to play that all complement their overall card game. Some people have huge decks, with hundreds of cards in them, and others have small decks with a small amount of refined high percentage cards that work well for them every time. But each man has his own unique deck that he has built over time, and stacked with the cards he prefers...
Dunno, maybe I'm off the mark but I thought it kinda worked well as an analogy, figured I'd put it here as I am kind of in the process of discarding some cards I held onto because they were "cool" but didn't work too well for me, and building up a new deck with the spider guard which - again - I am grateful for the recommendation, it is feeling like a very strong position for me on bottom so far in playing around with it.
Finnegan, are there any specific resources - YT channels, books, video anything - you would recommend for focusing on transitioning to and setting up the spider guard? Or would you say it's one of those things you just kind figure out yourself? I know I've sussed out a few good entries from half guard, for example, on my own and I have pretty high percentage success in getting to half guard as it is, so there's one road in at least. Few other entries from other positions too but I would like to focus a lot more on transitioning/entering the posish.
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