Which is more dangerous, strength or technique – I say technique.
Personally, I think there are three key areas to focus on in order to become as good at BJJ as possible and they are: technique, cardio and flexibility. These three areas are where I am laying my personal focus with technique being the single most important factor.
I really can’t remember where I read ‘which is more dangerous…’ – but I remember it was said by a BJJ Black Belt from Rio de Janeiro – and I will never forget the direction the statement afforded me.
Strength doesn’t last forever, but technique does. I have seen highly technical 11 stone guys ripping 15 stone men to pieces. Focusing on technique gives me everlasting hope and provides me with reward that the gains from weight training could never equal. I am nowhere near as strong as I was 20 years ago and in 10 years time I won’t be as physically strong as I am today – but I will be technically much stronger. Caio Terra, eight times world champion believes technique conquers all – there is no strength that will beat technique.
The following video is a personal favourite – Raphael Mendes is an incredible competitor, superb teacher, outstanding role model and is technically amazing – watch the video and when you’ve finished, ask yourself the question – how would strength stop that technique? Make sure you watch the second technique starting at the 9 minute mark.