Have you seen all these crazy, creative techniques – predominantly submissions – making their way in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lately? It seems as if new setups, or their variations at least, are being created and used more and more… So much so, actually, that you’re thinking: „How cool would it be if I were to create my own techniques!“
But how would you do this? How can you create new techniques; is it even possible to do so?
It is! You just have to follow through a couple of steps, and let your creativity flourish.
GET GOOD AT BASICS
If you want to get creative with techniques and make up your own, then your basics need to be really good! In fact, you shouldn’t bother yourself with „creating new techniques and setups“ until you’re extremely good at the basic ones; until they’re almost second nature to you – and you don’t even have to think about how and when to execute them.
Learn the basics first. It’s only then that you should feel comfortable enough to try out your own ideas.
GET COMFORTABLE WITH ADVANCED STUFF, TOO
However, because most of what is nowadays termed as „new“ comes from some other, often times rather complex setups, you should become comfortable with advanced techniques as well, not just the basic ones.
This isn’t only because the knowledge of these techniques will grant you the necessary „base“ for you to get going with your own creations; but also because understanding how some complex techniques and their setups work, allows you to figure out new stuff more easily!
That is to say: the more techniques that you know, and the better you understand their underlying concepts, the more ideas you will have for new techniques. And you’ll be more successful at executing them!
PUT YOURSELF INTO (WEIRD) POSITIONS AND THINK!
Once the above two prerequisites are done with, your next step needs to be to start experimenting! In other words, you’ll have to put yourself into all sort of positions and think what, and how, you can set something up from there.
This one is really a no-brainer. If you force yourself to be in all sorts of (weird) positions – even (and particularly) those in which you’re at a disadvantage or where (seemingly) nothing can be done from, you’ll have to get creative! Open your mind and think: what would happen if you shifted your hips a bit to the side and placed your foot „there“? And what if you placed your hand here?
Experiment. This is likely the most important step in your create-new-techniques journey. Experiment as much as you can, and learn from your mistakes; so that you’re always advancing to your goal.
IT’S BEST TO PICK ONE POSITION
But, then again, you shouldn’t experiment all over the place! Your best bet is to stick to one position and try out things from there.
Stick to figuring out new things from this position for at least a month or two. Anything less than that, and you won’t succeed. On top of that, keep in mind that the creation of anything new takes time; so be patient! You’ll figure out new setups and techniques, you just have to keep trying.
LOOK AT HOW OTHERS CREATED NEW TECHNIQUES AND SETUPS
And lastly, you should look at how other Jiujiteiros created and used their new setups and techniques. Figure out how their details differentiate from everything else you’ve seen, and how their approaches could help your own.
Simply enough: find inspiration in these athletes and their own creativity! Get inspired and start working on your own craft.