Sooner or later, you’ll want to figure out what your favorite BJJ technique is going to be. The one you’ll use as often as possible, that you’ll become “known” for. But how are you supposed to find the technique you’ll use most, when there are all these moves to choose from?
Professor John Danaher has some words of advice:
Selecting those few moves is a deep personal journey that will last as long as you stay in the sport.
Everyone has their own path. I’ve seen great champions take widely divergent routes to the top.
The best advice I can give you is this: individuality and self expression are great, but don’t ignore the fact that certain moves outperform most others.
Historically, high percentage moves that have worked very well for generations across all skill levels and weight divisions should generally be preferred when assessing which moves will become your major weapons. Within the ranks of those high percentage moves there is sufficient variety to let you express your individuality.
Professor Danaher emphasizes that having a couple of unorthodox techniques in your game is alright. But first and foremost, you need to focus on the high percentage ones:
You can have a few unorthodox features in your game, that’s fine. But there is a reason why a subset of techniques get most of the best results in Jiu-Jitsu.
Let those moves be your main focus, and express your individuality within those to make a great compromise between individual expression and high percentage techniques.
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