I've been training BJJ 1-2 times a week for nearly 1.5 years now, and I essentially feel that I'm not using my potential. I can't pinpoint the exact problem, but I think part of it comes down to my application of technique. (Summar below for those who can't be bothered to read the entire thing) First of all, I'm 145 lbs and one of the lightest guys in class. Though I am strong for my size, I nevertheless have lots of problems with big guys. I can generally tap the big newbs, but once they get a few months under their belt it gets a lot harder. The problem is, I believe, twofold; 1) I use too much strength during sparring which makes me tired and when I get tired a lot of the techniques I know go out the window Anyone else have this problem, and perhaps a solution? I realize "Stop using strength and focus on technique dumbass" is an obvious answer, but it appears to be easier said than done. My technique simply isn't smooth enough that I can sweep or submit guys effortlessly most of the time. 2) The second problem is assimilating the techniques demonstrated in class into my BJJ reportoire. This is a HUGE problem for me. I forget a lot of the stuff that we learn so even when I find myself in a position where that technique would be applicable I don't seize the opportunity. I find it frustrating and infuriating. I'm a smart, analytical person, yet I can't seem to incorporate many techniques into my game. I get stuck in a mentality where my game is very predictable. I just have trouble varying the techniques and my game isn't evolving as a result. I would really appreciate any advice pertaining to my situation. Would it for instance be a good idea to focus on say, passing guard for several months? Then sweeps from guard, then subs from guard, subs from side control, escapes etc. Do most of the veterans here have a system of sorts, or do you just pick up things as you go along? I cannot emphasize how pissed I am at myself for not being able to use techniques in sparring that I learned literally 2 minutes ago. Summary: Small guy (5'10, 145), using to much strength, gassing, forgetting technique when gassed, also forgetting a lot of demonstrated techniques, predictable game, BJJ game not evolving. Fuck fuck fuckity fuck. Please provide solution and/or words of encouragement.