Thursday, November 14, 2013

Natural advantage...

Demo by andreitan
 a photo by andreitan on Flickr.

What is your opinion on using our natural advantage in rolling ? Do you think it's fair for a big guy to use his strength, for a smaller guy his speed and a flexible guy... his flexibility ?

I sometimes hear people complain that such and such is using their natural advantage, and this is why they do so well. Often, it sounds more like an excuse, and a justification for their own lack of performance. I believe that it is normal for big people to use strength, stack, and generally power through moves, since after all, that's how they adapted jiu-jitsu for themselves. Some people discredit "fat" people right off the bat, by saying "yeah, that move works just because he's big", regardless of whether they hurt the other person's feelings or not. Not only does this lack finesse, but the person who complains never mentions how he used his own speed and athleticism. He takes that advantage for granted.

Ironically, the way each type of body functions actually makes jiu-jitsu more interesting than it would otherwise have been. Think about it : how would you feel if everybody was the same weight, height, had the same power and flexibility ? Pretty boring, right ? I think so too.


tennguy said...

Thank you for the post, Andrei. Yes I agree indeed BJJ would not be what it is if it didn't promote diversity in between athletes. But that's the thing, I think BJJ should hopefully individual athletes to open up their games and not be 'afraid' to not use their strengths sometimes. How else are we supposed to develop new ones? -Albert

powerfulpsychology said...

Hey Mr. Gears,

Glad to see your training is taking you on a thought experiment journey, and that you're considerate enough to share with others.

Re: Natural Advantage, I think that in jiu jitsu, Speed & flexibility outweigh strength & stacking (except grip strength, which is a demon all its own!)

Hope things are rocking on your end, would love to catch up sometime


Nips and Jitz said...

Natural advantage is good but always compliment it with timing and technique. Because speed slows down, strength weakens, flexibility gets stiff... but technique and timing would prevail.