There is something very appealing about a big book that focuses on a single technique. That’s the reason I’ve really enjoyed Marcelo Gartcia’s X Guard book (that’s been out since 2008, before I started jiu jitsu). And that’s also the reason I’m really curious about an upcoming book from Steve Scott exclusive focused on the armbar: Juji Gatame Encyclopedia.
I always felt that the judo community has a very interesting approach to the armbar. The rules of sports judo require that you progress toward a successful submission much faster than in jiu jitsu. Therefore, judo folks can find the armbar from a lot of positions and finish it very effectively. The problem of course, from the perspective of a jiu jitsu player, is that sports judo players are not concerned about “losing position”. By that I mean, they are not worried of giving up their back if the arm bar fails.
Either way, I’m sure there is a lot I can learn from this, and I’ll be sure to buy it when it comes out in a few weeks.
I hope that more people will release authoritarianism books like this that focus on one technique. That allows the student to immerse himself in the system that integrates everything necessary to make the technique part of an effective game. Besides I’ve always believed in exploring different variations of a technique until I find one that I fall in love with. Sometimes a certain way of performing a technique just clicks. I’m always in search of that…
It sounds like a cool book, not just because of the idea, but because of the writing. It seems that Carper tells a good story.
Anyway, one thing he said stuck in my mind. He described what a typical day at the academy was like and one thing he mentioned was that every single class (afternoon and night) involved about 20-30 minutes of guard passing training. Basically, you start in close guard and go until the guy on the bottom gets a sweep or the guy on top passes. This is just one of many types of positional training, but it was very interesting to me that instead of going for variety, they really emphasized this aspect of jiu jitsu in every single class. Perhaps such focus on a particular position (in this case, an extremely common position) for a prelonged period of time is very effective at elevating the skill of the club as a whole in that position. Everyone builds off of each other’s growing expertise in the position.
Obviously this is an extreme approach, but it also reminded me that I do very little positional training myself and that both Xande and Fredson when they visited emphasized the importance of this kind of training.