Friday, February 17, 2012

Brazilian Jiu Jitu and the popularity of drilling


I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.
13 January 2010 @ 12:59 am

Especially at my academy, there is a new popularity with a lot of the guys trying to get good quickly of drilling over rolling. I think finally the advice of a lot of the better guys has trickled down to all the guys of my jiu jitsu academy.

But like all things, there is a bad habit I see with how people drill. Drilling like any skill, is on a weighted scale. Some things weigh more than other things.

The problem I am seeing with a lot of guys who think drilling with be their panacea to indestructible jiu jitsu is, they are drilling anything and everything. This assumes all moves are created equal. This is not true. A good low pass is much more valuable than a good heel hook. Not only that but the drilling is done with no order, no outline, no body, no structure. Imagine if I writing a story, with no outline, no middle, no structure, it would be utter shit. Well in this case, jiu jitsu is your story and your drill moves are your words and paragraphs. Some words and paragraphs will be more important than others. Like the word "you" which would come up quite often as opposed to the word "idiosyncratic." The second word is much more complex and advanced but comes up far less in regular conversation. There is direct line I am drawing here.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, grappling, fighting, is like learning a new language. Each move is a word, and to master that language there are important words you must learn to master that language and some words you don't ever need to know and still be considered to have a mastery of that language.

There is a huge difference between me being able to order a taco in Mexico to having a good conversation in Spanish. This is the same as merely catching someone as opposed to taking them down, passing their guard, mounting, taking their back, and then submitting them (not just catching them).

Think about it.
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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