Combat (“rolling”) is an integral component of our training. It builds confidence, physical endurance, and allows students to experiment and develop their own game. It’s also happens to be the most enjoyable part of training.
Safety & Strategy
For most students, rolling is the best part of the class. But for many, especially new students, it can also be quite intimidating. Our combat follows strict guidelines to ensure that it is always safe, non-aggressive, and friendly.
For this reason our students have an obligation to prioritise safety–their own, their partner’s, and those around them. In fact, you are directly responsible for the well-being of your training partner. In practice, this means that more experienced students help coach their partners to improve their Jiu-Jitsu.
Rolling in class is about improving your technical Jiu-Jitsu skills and applying them as part of a logical strategy. Our training partners are a key part of helping us achieve this. Our partners must learn to trust us to make this happen. Rolling is not about submissions or smashing one another.
The strategy we employ depends on the context in which we are rolling. Sometimes we can skip steps. For class rolling, we generally apply the following strategy:
3. Escapes & Transitions
4. Dominant Control
Most students find that our class rolling satisfies their needs. Students wanting additional challenges are welcome to participate in Open Mats at other academies or compete in regional and national tournaments.
Rolling in our classes is different to combat in tournaments. The use of maximum strength and aggression is only for use in tournaments and self-defence situations.