You may not want to hear this, but as someone who has been on both ends of the strength and athleticism equation, I feel like it’s my duty to share with you what I perceive to be the truth about this reality, instead of traditional ideas that may lead some to quit JiuJitsu because perhaps they feel they aren’t worthy of their belt rank.
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From my experience, technique is not invincible! I believe age, athleticism, size, and in particular, strength, play a huge role in JiuJitsu performance and often overcome technique. So despite what you’ve been told to by your instructor, great technique does not always prevail.
I believe this because I have seen white belt athletic freaks get the better of higher belts during roll sessions. Does this mean these higher belts aren’t any good at BJJ? Or is it possible strength is more important than we thought.
I consider myself to be a “technical” JjiuJitsu practitioner and focus on trying to make my movements as energy efficient as humanly possible, but here’s the blunt truth, I muscle my way out of situations and sometimes ‘force’ a technique. I try not to make a habit of it, but because I understand the importance of strength and how to use it when necessary to aid my technique, I believe I use strength successfully to compliment my game.
Let’s be honest with ourselves about the best Jiu Jitsu players in the world. Yes, they are all super-technical. But they are all, without exception, very strong human beings. Because of a combination of genetics, diet, and proper strength training, these guys are ridiculously powerful and athletic.