This also answers the question of how you get good at transition from standing to mat work. I say this all of the time and I am saying it again. Practice. From the very beginning. In all types of settings.
I have shown white belts on this blog practicing throws on the crash pad doing o goshi or o soto makikomi landing in a pin. Here is the little mini-me Navida practicing transition from standing to mat work.
Three take-aways from this:
- You're never too early to start practicing effective transition.
- You can practice transition with any partner, even one much bigger than you.
- You should practice transition from every throw.