Good/Sloppy Grappling or How I Learned to Love the Bomb
Here is the situation. I would consider myself a somewhat experienced grappler. Iíve noticed as of late (actually the last couple years) that when I roll I tend not to use pure techniques but rather a combination of many techniques rolled into one and even things that would not be considered techniques. Let me explainÖ
Example: Passing the guard Ė Iíll start off using a technique and switch it mid stride depending on how my opponent reacts. (This is fairly typicalÖ). However sometimes I end up doing some crazy **** that is off the charts like passing over the knee one minute and then totally somersaulting over my opponent ending up momentarily with a quasi-knee on belly and then quickly transitioning to an armbar as my opponent sits up from my lack of having obtained a solid base quick enough. Now what the **** was that? Itís like four or five things that took place in less than 5 seconds and I went from being in the guard to subbing my opponent with some crazy **** I could never repeat.
I also realized that I remove steps from techniques that I was taught. This is not a conscious decision. I.e. Attacks from the guard that require a foot on the hip to rotate your position. I delete this part and can just get into position without it.
So here are the questions:
1. Do you believe that you can progress in your grappling game to the point where you are no longer doing pure techniques all the time but rather just flowing constantly? Please explain.
2. Do you think that this is just sloppy grappling and that one should only use pure technique? Please explain.
3. Does your answer for the above questions change depending on the experience of the person? I.e. A noob doing this is sloppy but the experienced grappler is just innovating and flowing. (Note: I say flowing because I donít know how else to describe it. There is no conscious thought just reactions and sometimes crazy **** happens.) Edit: Please tell me your experience level so I can gauge newer grapplers answers from more experienced grapplers. There tends to be a difference in thought!
Why I askÖ I watch some very experienced grapplers and they are just flowing from one technique to the next using every step etc. Very technical, very fluid and I always know what they are doing more or less.
This is not me. (Well, sometimes but not always) Iíll flow through techniques too like the above one minute but the next I end up in some weird ass positions doing some weird ass things that still work.
Is I be is Crazy? :5dunce: