ENERGY CONSERVATION IN BJJ

LINKING THE FIRST 2  STEPS TO A TECHNIQUE

The foundation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is learning how to survive.  Key components to this are learning highly useful and highly simplistic techniques. These ‘beginner’ techniques are only simple in the big picture of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  The new student will still find these fundamentals challenging, but compared to the BJJ technical repertoire it is but a super-small fraction.  The new student will be so engrossed in learning the mechanics of a technique that the two other critical components to a technique will be ignored.  The brain can only process so much information at one time.  After the student gets a decent handle on the mechanics of a move they will have to pair it up with the proper cue (an indicator to do the move – a “green light” if you will).  Proper cue recognition is then linked to the proper mechanics of a move.  This ‘linking’ of proper mechanics and proper cue recognition is HUGE!  This usually marks the beginning of Blue Belt. However, learning new more complex mechanics and more subtle cues is a continual process throughout everyone’s BJJ journey.   Basic techniques will eventually lead to advanced techniques. Remember, all an advanced technique is, is a stacking or blending of fundamental techniques.  Like all complex recipes, they all have basic ingredients that are put together in sophisticated ways. Fundamental or basic techniques should NEVER be neglected.

THE MINDSET COMPONENT

After the student understands the mechanics and cue (or cues) of a technique, they will whittle down the technique or cut corners.  This isn’t to say that there is anything Continue reading →