Too much focus on techniques?
So I was trying to show a friend a little bit about BJJ to get him to start taking classes with me, and it got me back to thinking about when I first started. I feel that most beginner classes focus too much on teaching a bunch of techniques, and not enough on proper positioning within positions.
For example, in my first couple weeks of learning about the guard, I learned a bunch of stuff, armbars, triangles, sweeps, etc. But when it came time to roll, I was never in a position to apply anything, I'd just wait around hoping I'd get an opening for something I'd been taught because I didn't know what else to do.
Then, one day, I was rolling with a blue belt, and he pointed out the basics of maintaining posture when on top, and breaking down posture when on bottom. Looking back on this now, it seems absurd to me that I had heard no mention of this simple, but vital concept, for like the first three weeks of training. Over the course of the next hour of rolling with that blue belt I swear my guard game, both top and bottom, got at least 10x better.
Does anybody else think that an average class spends too much time just drilling techniques, and not enough talking about the nuances of each position?