Firstly it gives you a way to constantly evaluate your performance in class and competition (if you compete). Im always amazed at how many guys say they feel they arent improving but when I ask what they are working on they just stare at me blankly. Either that or they change their focus constantly without any structure. Having a gameplan allows you to really evaluate your game all the time. It also allows you to identify and eliminate weak points and improve a lot quicker than if you just wing it as you go.
It gives you a big confidence boost and really allows you to focus your taining as you can eliminate the "what do I do know!?" situations in class as you can work out what you are trying to achieve offensively and defensively in each position. This is also where the evaluation and elimination of weak points come in as now after training, you can quickly think where you did well and if there was a point you got stuck or didnt know what to do you can identify what you need to work on.
You can chat to your coach or training partnersfor help, or work it out yourself. There is so much information available now for jiu-jitsu it's awesome, books,dvd's the internet. Identify where you have holes or weak points in your game andwork on them. But you cant do this if you dont even have a gameplan.
Ill discuss next time some basic tips on how to structure a gameplan.
“He who fails to plan, plans to fail”.