Right And Wrong In BJJ
When we start training we want to make sure we are doing everything by the book. Learning all of the right techniques and executing them with flawless detail (white belt level flawless, let’s not be too critical). It’s important to build a foundation of the fundamental body movements that allow us to do the vast majority of the Jiu Jitsu techniques out there. John Danaher talks a lot about the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu and has actually been actively working to create video instructionals breaking down the fundamentals from each position, much like his “Enter the System” series, this series is titled “Go Further Faster: BJJ Fundamentals”. Once we have built a base of solid foundational movements however, the techniques in which we choose to add to our game are ours alone. The beauty of Jiu Jitsu is that while we are all doing the same thing, we all do it slightly differently creating our own beautiful art in the process.
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In Jiu Jitsu there is no right or wrong. We are in a sport that is constantly evolving, what used to be a “never do” can easily become the new thing that takes your game to the next level. Bernardo talks about when he first started training his half guard people would tell him constantly to never let the opponent get the under hook, yet, he allowed this to happen and still managed to do ok I’d say. In fact, He used one of the sweeps he created from this “bad” position to win the worlds at one point. This is further proof that we are in an ever evolving sport that can and will continue to change as disrupters enter into the sport and introduce mind blowing techniques that go against the norm.
If the position is working for you – It’s right for you and on the contrary, if the position is “correct” but it’s not working for you then it is the wrong position for you. What is right or wrong is based completely on the individual in Bernardo’s opinion. The only time it is wrong in his opinion is if it is not working.
The takeaway here is that once you have built a solid foundation, do not worry so much about what is right or wrong per say, but focus on the effectiveness of the technique in your game. Are you having success with it? If so it likely belongs in your game, if not, then probably not. Also remember that you are not chiseling your game in stone, if something works for you this week but not next week then use it until it’s no longer effective and move on to the next thing. It is highly unlikely that you could build a game of only fundamental techniques and never evolve from there and have any success at all in competition at a high level.
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