This rule may be applied to training by recognising that 80% of your improvement may come from 20% of your training. If you look at this article recently posted on Jiu-Jitsu Times on what each belt means you will notice that belt has a particular focus which gets you towards the next belt, yet they often do the same drills as each other in the same class. We may apply the 80-20 rule here to a basic guard pass. For the white belt to improve faster they should focus on the 20% of the move that is the movement part, and not worry too much about the “what if my opponent does this” question that all instructors hate. The purple belt doing the same guard pass should work on the 20% of the move that develops the set up for their attack from the guard pass, whilst the brown belt may look at how to bait an opponent to give them the pass.
If we look at some of the high level black belt matches at the worlds we will see that a lot of time is spent trying to pass guard or sweep, i.e. 80% of the time is spent in 20% of the “basic” positions. Far less time is spent on mount, back mount, side control, or North/South. So we could always improve our comp game by focusing on the guard pass or sweeps.
And don’t forget to apply this rule to your life off the mat so you can create more time to train as well! Check out this video from FightMediocrity to see how….