Archive for December, 2013

9 Dec 2013

  • Posted by Scott Vincent
  • Should You Give Up On “Just Technique”?

    Here’s the paradox – Jiu jitsu is made to benefit the smaller man in a fight.  Bigger man learns jiu jitsu then fights smaller man, now we are back to square 1 – all else being even, big man beats smaller man.

    What it boils down to is the question, “If a big guy knows everything that you know, how is technique going to help you?”.  That’s a pretty good question.

    I don’t think of it as giving the little guy an advantage so much as leveling the playing field and making it even.  Let’s face it, smaller guys call pull stuff that bigger guys can’t and vice versa.  BUT, if it levels the field, shouldn’t the question come in about using strength?

    Jiu jitsu evolves every day.  Don’t believe me?  Then show me a video of Helio using a berimbolo sweep.


    That being said, why is it that using strength is so looked down upon?  Shouldn’t there be times to use strength in matches?  Hasn’t it evolved to the point that the “pure technique” theory is losing some footing?

    Some will agree, some won’t.  I for one, agree that focusing on technique gives you great muscle memory and reaction and strength is to be used as a last-ditch effort, but it certainly shouldn’t be chastised.

    I was at the gym just last week and saw someone get caught in a triangle and the victim (uke) came over, sat down and said something to the effect of, “yea, but he had to muscle it on.”  That got me thinking….it got me thinking something along the lines of, “So?”…and now here I am – he got triangled and tapped…strength or not.  If he got “muscled” into it, would his technique have gotten him out or could he have muscled through it?  Who knows…but it brought the thought to me…why was this guy so offended about getting muscled into a submission?

    So in lies my goal over the next few weeks – use zero strength…if I have to muscle out of something, I’m not going to do it.  It’s the only way to figure this out, and it stands to be quite the few weeks.