Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Trick Or Treat

I often hear "experienced" or "world class grapplers" explain grappling in such simple terms. This happens more than not in non-BJJ circles, hence why their is such a rivalry. One side can't see how simple it is, the other side can't see how complicated it is.

I hate listening to an instructor who explains things like this, "So you go for this submission here, he's going to do this, that's when you get him with this move."

He does it on the student who is a compliant partner, student is amazed and teacher gloats and is like, "See? those BJJ guys don't know about this stuff."

Typically it's something like, go for the arm, if he escapes, attack his legs! Go for the choke, if he sees it coming, do a neck crank!

They also show the submissions very haphazardly, with very little details. So that's probably why that initial submission won't work in the first place. Then you dive for your next move. So even if your master of the move is low, you will get them by "surprise."

Most of the submissions of non-BJJ arts are based on the element of surprise. Sadly the other element is the assumption that the opponent will be compliant, and is very dim, weak, and inexperienced.

This system of grappling looks great in demos, on youtube videos of why you should go to so and so's seminar. But it is never that easy. It's not like your opponent can't defend more than 1 thing at a time, and also he may not react the way you expect him to because he actually escapes properly.

A lot of these guys were initially thrilled because the BJJ guys didn't know leglocks yet. That was about 10 years ago, now they are pretty well versed...

All of the other grappling martial arts that tries to differentiate from BJJ, always rely on this concept. Those guys don't know this stuff. Don't know leg locks, rubber guard, neck cranks, catch wrestling etc. There is an inherent weakness if the base of the philosophy is the assumption that you always are more trained and more knowledgeable than your opponent. Or you know some secret set of moves that he does not.

Instead of trying to trick your opponent, or doing it very poorly but expecting to capitalize on speed and element of surprise, try doing it right and see what happens.

A lot of these schools have a reputation of people getting hurt, of people spazzing, or going hard and fast. But think about it, the only way this sloppy move can work is if its done fast and hard, otherwise it's so loose, it's that much easier to escape if done slowly. So the sloppy style depends on speed and ferocity to even give it a chance of working. Forget conserving your energy.

Companies have failed plenty of times on this false idea. Be the first. It's not always be the first, more often than not it's be the best(though sometimes the first is the best). Otherwise we would all still be using Friendster.

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