Kit Dale is an Australian BJJ black belt who won the World Pro at blue and purple belt and until he reached black belt, had only lost 6 matches in competition. Kit Dale is well known in the BJJ community to be vocal agaisnt drilling techniques and many were asking how could one not drill technique in order to be better at BJJ. So Kit took to Instagram few days ago to clarify what he meant and the difference between drilling and practising technique:
I feel that people have misunderstood a lot of what I have said in the past. I teach seminars now all over the world and a lot of my common feedback come from people who now realise what I meant, when I say “I don’t think people should drill”. Many people misunderstand me for saying “you can’t practice a technique”. This is not correct. I say you shouldn’t drill techniques, but you can practice them. I encourage the practice of techniques, especially at the start as it’s a good way of opening someone’s minds to the possibility of solutions.
But drilling and practice are two different things. Drilling is when one repeats a movement or technique, long after they are competent in the application of the technique. This creates muscles memory in the body (the ability to perform a movement on a sub-conscious level). Practice is when you obtain not only the ability to perform the technique, but more importantly the understanding of the technique. Not just how the technique works but why, when and what to be careful of when applying the technique. As soon as the student is competent in showing an adequate ability to not only perform, but understand the movement, he or she should be forced to integrate it into live situational sparring.
The live situational sparring is by far the most important element to learning a technique as it forces people to apply it in real time against an unwilling opponent, rather than a compliant one. This helps the student develop the timing for the technique (which is much more important than the application). The timing is one of the most over looked element in jiu jitsu.
The timing dictates whether or not the technique will work regardless of how well applied.
There is no singular technique in jiu jitsu that is fool proof. Every technique can be countered, and every counter countered. So it’s imperative that your timing is perfect! For if your opponent predicts your move, he or she can counter it, resulting in failure of the move.
But if your timing is right, your opponent won’t see it coming!
What is timing? Timing is deception. It’s having the ability to keep hidden your intentions. To steer your opponents attention elsewhere