Just got this question:"What do you think about the revolution of bjj, i mean double guards, berimbolos, more de la riva sweeps less side controls ? I wanted to ask this question to you becasue you really have a competition experience as a 'instructor'. I didnt want to ask this question to a full-time competitior. Thanks "
here is my opinion:I see a lot of people being against that evolution, especially some of them using the argument that "you can not berimbolo (or double guard) someone on the street".In my opinion it doesn't matter that some of this techniques have not much use as self defense or in a MMA situation. We all have to understand and accept that BJJ , besides being an awesome martial art and self defense, have also develop in to a great and entertaining sport and all this new techniques and strategies came to fill that need. Of course the main go is to submit, but when the level is similar, submitions are harder and there is a need to score points and advantages to avoid loosing or letting the reff decide.As a competitor, I want to learn them and judge for my self if it fits my game or not. As an instructor I think there is space to teach it even to my students who dont compete, cause it's all part of the learning process.How about you? What is your opinion?
I see a lot of techniques being developed for competition only situations. I personally like BJJ for self defense.
I like new positions and moves, because they keep the sport interesting.
When you roll a lot and for many years, always doing the same thing can become quite boring. It is in those situation that it is fun to practise these new thingies and maybe you are even lucky to add some of it to your own bjj game.
The difficult part however is that to many new students focus only on those new fancy moves, because they are the hot topic at Sensei YouTube's academy.
Leading to people who can spin into worm guard and berimbolo, but have no clue how to hold a basic sidecontrol. I think they often forget that their idols in the sport went to some years of doing all those basic things before.
Anyway, as a teacher it is a tough decision because you want your students to get used to those new situations and the only way to do that is having students that do those moves. No way to learn how to defend if nobody is attacking you.
What I personally prefer, is students that stay close to what I teach as basic curriculum and then focus on one positions (okay, maybe two) that they want to make their own. That way they develop a good base and add something where whole the academy can benefit from.
Just my thoughts,