This was originally posted as “The Rules” on 7/10/06, although I don’t recall where. Maybe bjjnews.org (which seems to no longer exist). There’s no big secrets to Jiu Jitsu here, but I was somewhat new to BJJ when I went to this seminar, and it had a big impact on me.
I recently attended a great seminar by Chris Moriarty. The format was a bit different than previous seminars I’ve done. He took more a philosophical approach. The focus was primarily sweeps and maintaining the guard. He spent a fair amount of time discussing concepts he referred to as “the rules.” The rules are simple ideas that in a given situation will always apply. Chris didn’t focus on attacks or tricks from the guard, instead pointing out that all the tricks in the world are not helpful if you can’t simply hold someone in your guard, or at least quickly recompose it when they attempt to pass. He showed a variety of creative ways to recompose the guard that I found fun to work.
He also talked at length before, during and after the seminar about what it means to truly understand a move. I’ll give you an example: In your mind, picture yourself putting someone in a triangle – I’ll wait.
Okay, now what did you just picture? 9/10 of you just got an image of you on your back, opponent kneeling in your guard, one arm in, one arm out, you’re up on your shoulders finishing the triangle. Right? You applied your preconceived notions about this move to the image you created. Why didn’t you imagine doing the triangle from mount? From the back? Flying triangle? Inverted? Triangles are everywhere, if you learn to see them. The common element, the thing to remember, is as simple as “One arm in, one arm out.” Remember that, and find triangles everywhere you look – it’s “the rule” for triangles!
If you can break down every move you do to its most basic elements you can learn to apply them from anywhere.