Do What Works

If a technique is working for you, it's a good technique regardless of what anyone says.

There are only two requirements for a technique to be considered "good:"

  1. You can make it work against quality opponents
  2. It does not compromise your alignment.

The following have no bearing on whether a technique is "good" or not:

  • You invented it
  • Nobody else seems to use it
  • It's from another grappling art
  • Your instructor doesn't like it
  • Senior students don't like it.

Jiu-Jitsu is a very personal game, so don't let anyone else tell you your favorite techniques aren't good if you have evidence to the contrary.

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