Bread and Butter grappling
You may have heard the term before: your “bread and butter“. It’s the stuff that works for you. Your standards.
Bread and Butter will likely be a different set of moves for each person. I remember back in wrestling in high school (a looong time ago I always had a couple of moves I was lethal with from any given position. It didn’t mean that I didn’t know other moves. It didn’t mean I was not interested in learning other moves. These were just the ones I was best at.
As I have spent the last several years learning Judo and Jiu Jistu, I have really focused on trying to not just leverage what I am good at, but to always try to improve on areas that I am not strong in, and improve them. Some notable articles on this are:
(hmm… something of a trend here?
I believe in this. I practice this… But…
I have to admit that I get disheartened when we work on moves that are not my bread and butter, even if I have previously learned them, and I suck at them as bad as I do. I feel uncoordinated. I will end up working with a brand new student on a move, and he or she is actually helping me as much as I am helping them. I know… I should expect this, and actually be thankful for it. Sometimes ego is a tough thing to fit on the shelf.
There’s a newer element to this as well. In years past, new people joining the gym tended to be truly that: New. Not any more. As Hidden Valley as grown in experience and reputation, and as MMA has grown in popularity, we have had “new” students show up who are actually fairly experienced, and tough as nails.
Each of these new additions to our team seems to come with their own “bread and butter”, and often some pretty flashy moves. It can be hard some times not to see those moves, and think to yourself, “Shit… I should be more versatile. I should be more comfortable with a bunch of flashy moves by now.”
Sometimes I feel like I’m playing Street Fighter, and I’m really good at kicking and punching, and I can beat most people with those basic moves. But still, when the guy comes along that knows how to throw fire-balls, and do a helicopter kick, I’m always jealous. Even though I still beat him most of the time with my basics.
So, I continue to always try to learn new things. I work to always try to use them as a roll with people, and not just rely on my bread and butter. But some nights I still come home with my ego having even more bruises than my arms
Anyone else struggle with this? Would love to hear insights and experiences.