#5 It’s all about “Technique”
Posted on 2013/12/06
Tsuyoshi is now back from America. He was there for about 2 weeks and while he was there he trained a few times a day with Caio Terra at his new dojo. He is looking pretty tired but he told me that he felt his time there was extremely well spent. In today’s class right away we got to learn his new techniques. We learned 2 techniques for escaping from mount position. The amount of detail he gave for these techniques was fantastic. Simply put, I was impressed. While Tsuyoshi was away things were pretty tough for me but as you would expect, getting these new kinds of cutting edge techniques is very important, right. I think that when I have time I will also be learning some techniques from him. I will be able to apply these a little when sparring. I think that once I feel comfortable using them myself I will also be able to teach them to everyone.
In BJJ, while it can’t be said to be the number one most important thing, you have “Technique”.
How far you take the pursuit of “Technique” is at the heart of the matter. And there is also the need to master it. I would like to hear what instructors think but it is often the case that we don’t have a complete “understanding” of all the techniques we are teaching. When this is the case please choose the method that you think is best. When I see this I am not going to have a problem with it or anything.
When you think, “Wow, that technique is great!” Please pass it along to other members who weren’t in that class. When you do this, your level of understanding deepens and the base level of the dojo is also raised. When I see a guy showing a teammate something that I think is a bit… I am not going to run over and say that it is wrong. That would be awkward for the senior guy and so I overlook it and think to myself, “It’s alright.” This is because the important thing is building and preserving a culture of sharing “Technique”.
While, as a black belt I am the head instructor, I don’t think that all the technique I have exceeds that of my students. There are a lot of students who are better at doing a Triangle Choke than me. I don’t pay attention to my position and I am always inviting students to tell me stuff. If it were the case that people didn’t want to be taught by lower belts then I think that would be a great loss. I guess, I want to be greedy for myself while still having an open heart.
Last month in the Asian Open, Tsuyoshi lost to Jason Gagnon in the first round. I was really impressed by the level of precision in his technique. Tsuyoshi contacted him afterwards and the next day he came to CD Aoyama and taught for 3 days. Tsuyoshi, who was actually aiming for a win in the competition was a bit disappointed but afterwards he said, “It was good that I lost to Jason, that opened the door to me learning a lot of techniques.” I agree with him. Don’t sweat the small stuff. When you see someone with great technique just approach them and ask them to teach you. That is the secret to improving.
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