In every sport, successful coaches always prepare a game plan just like a general prepares a strategy for battle. Going into a conflict without a plan is like flying blind – you leave yourself exposed and unready to capitalize on every opportunity.
Some people equate having a game plan as to being a boring fighter. The infamous strategy of “Lay and Pray” did not help make the case for game planning in MMA.
However, the fact of the matter is that having a game plan means that you are prepared for ANYTHING that will happen during a course of a fight. The more detailed your game plan, the more prepared you are.
A good competitor knows his strengths and weaknesses relative to his opponent and will develop a game plan accordingly. As a competitor, you are always trying to fight in a position where YOU hold the most advantage.
Here are a couple of things you should consider when developing a game plan:
1 – The first thing you should consider for your game plan is what position you believe you will have the best chance of finishing or controlling the fight. This will give your game plan direction. Everything you do should be to take you one step closer to the finishing position – much like a game of chess.
2 – The second thing you should consider is what position are you weakest at. Your opponent will no doubt be looking to exploit your weakness, so you must be prepared for this and be able to find a way out.
The best way to figure this out is to imagine that you are your opponent. Then think of how you would defeat yourself, given your opponents tools. Once you know this, you will have an idea of what you need to work on to prepare for your opponent’s attack.
Keep in mind you may have multiple positions where you can finish a fight, just like you can have multiple weakness that an opponent can exploit. The more detailed your game plan, the more options you will have.
Remember the purpose of a game plan is to give your fight direction. You are not just fighting blindly hoping to land in a good position to win – every action you take is guiding yourself one step closer to victory.
A sample game plan is shown below. Click the image below to get a zoomed in picture.