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26. Things I learnt from - Chris Haueter - #3 The goal of sport BJJ is to win and the goal of BJJ as an art is to be as smooth a

Posted Dec 18 2008 7:29pm

Things I learnt from - Chris Haueter #3-The goal of sport BJJ is to win and the goal of BJJ as an art is to be as smooth as possible.

There is a lot written about training with too much ego, rolling just to win and going too hard, but one thing I’ve never taken into account is an individuals or BJJ clubs thoughts on this statement:

The goal of sport BJJ is to win and the goal of BJJ as an art is to be as smooth as possible.

If you take a second to think about your reasons behind training in relation to the statement, the aforementioned ego levels and ethos to training suddenly become clearer.

Now, I’m not saying you need to choose to be from one camp or the other, but whether you like it or not the way you train can be somewhat derived from being more sport or art orientated.

I think everyone should strive to be as smooth and technically proficient whether rolling or drilling, as although I’m not really into the mysticism of martial arts, I think we all owe it to the art somewhat. Also if you’re fly-wing weight like me, then you need to make sure you’re doing things properly, as against bigger partners - the obvious strength, weight and size difference start to dictate the roll immensely.

Having said that, there are people out there who will be more into winning than being smooth, but is that a bad thing? Some may say yes, others no. There certainly is a time and place for winning, but during developmental rolls, against new people or whilst drilling? Surely not.

I don’t think it boils down to the fact of winning and losing though as it’s no coincidence that if you do everything as smooth and as technical as you can that then you’ll hugely increase your chances of winning.

It’s definitely a point to ponder isn’t it? Is grabbing a few short term taps better than working technically and making your game as smooth as possible for the long term? The tortoise and the hare come to mind instantly, so have a think where you stand and how it might effect your training and those you’re rolling/drilling with, as it does.

All the best!

Adam Adshead

Chris Haueter talking about sport and the art of BJJ

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