You’ve probably heard it more than once: “You shouldn’t be using strength in Jiu-Jitsu. It’s all about the technique.”
But is it, though?
John Danaher shared his opinion on the topic in a recent social media post:
Once a move is properly set – NOW it’s time to use your strength!
People often talk about jiu jitsu as a sport where the application of strength is irrelevant or even bad.
This is not realistic.
Strength plays a big role in the outcomes of any match where the skill level of the athletes is near parity.
He continued to explain when it’s not the time to use strength:
Strength applied from bad tactical positions is irrelevant or bad.
Strength applied wastefully is bad – but strength applied to finish a move that has been well set is good and greatly increases the chance of success.
So, if you think that the technique is in place, go for it:
If you feel you’ve done a good job of locking a move on tight with good efficient mechanics and sound positioning – don’t hold back – use whatever strength you have to seal the deal!
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