Sunday, March 21, 2010

"Let's go light."

What does that mean to you?

When I go light I just move.  I don't go for submissions, and once I establish a dominate position I move on.  I tend to go a little more slowly too.

Apparently, going light means different things to different people... otherwise, I wouldn't be sitting here with busted up ribs.

Do I need to change my approach to going light?  Or perhaps I just need to be more aware of who I 'go light' with.

Either way, I am curious as to what other people mean by 'go light'.

Also - I'm getting excited for the Pan Ams.  I'm not going, but Fabio is, and a handful of my teammates are going too.... and a few of the bloggers I follow.  I can't wait to hear about it!   Good luck everyone!


  1. I've found that it's a matter of being aware of who you 'go light' with. Some people just don't understand what it means, or let their ego get the better of them mid roll. It seems as though more experience means more of an ability to go light. If they don't know what they're doing, they use strength.

  2. I think it means no submissions and letting escapes and sweeps happen...people usually ask me for this if they haven't really warmed up yet. I try to set the pace by getting a sweep and making sure they know I'm intentionally not pouncing and am letting them reguard. When they then go for one, I let it happen. This way, I feel like I've non-verbally set the rules.

    Also, pressure is super light. I think the point is friendly movement and not total control...otherwise we'd do it in competition. Also, with this, I try to set the precedent. Guys are usually cautious around girls to begin with and seem to match whatever pace I've set.

    If they insist on getting a tap, I'll just tap and make sure they know I think nothing of it since we were going light and just start another round at the tempo that I think is appropriate.

    I don't know, I'm curious about what other people think on this.