Resistance Training Method
Many things set Brazilian Jiu Jitsu apart from other martial arts. One of them is how we train the art. That is, with the use of active resistance. We do not rely on the cooperation of our partner (opponent). We EXPECT resistance. We expect the other person to put up a fight and not allow us to do what we want. We spend roughly half our training time drilling techniques. Learning the mechanics of certain moves. How the use of angles, leverage and physiology works in certain situations. The nuts and bolts of technique. Move your arm here, grip here, place your elbows here, etc. The other half of our training is dedicated to sparring or “rolling.” This is where we test out our skills against partners (opponents) who are actively resisting us and also attempting to affect us with their techniques. This is the APPLICATION OF TECHNIQUE part or how we link these drilled techniques in a dynamic situation. This RESISTANCE is a vital part of what make BJJ powerful. It keeps the art’s teeth sharp. Some other arts may use this Resistance Training Method (RTM). Judo, Wrestling and Sambo come to mind. This RTM gives us feedback in the manner of cause/effect. If we do a technique wrong or FAIL, we are rewarded with reality. No false sense of security here. If the technique is weak then the technique is weak. The other benefit with “rolling” is the need to learn TIMING and CUE RECOGNITION (I’ll talk about these another time)
So, failure is inevitable. Don’t aim for it, but accept it. Better yet, embrace failure! Because every time a technique fails it is automatically error-correcting. Bit by bit the technique is refined through failure. We owe this to the RTM of BJJ. Our technique is forged through the fire of failure again and again. With patience, grit and gratitude we hone our techniques into truly deadly weapons.