Why not the basics?

“So someone at SBG told me that this isn’t a basic?”

This is a strange concept. Especially when SBG is an organization known for good solid coaching. So why would the phrase basic be an issue?  The issue with this phrase is the implication. For example in this video you see the instructor going over a kimura from a guard position.

“The title for the video is basic submissions p3 of 5”

A misleading title as this technique can be seen applied on day one, or all the way to top level jiu jitsu competition such as the worlds and even in top level MMA like the UFC.

This term basic then becomes extremely misleading. Not only is this move going to be applied in some of the most “advanced” competition  but its a staple that everyone who trains should eventually learn. Hearing basic can give students the impression that they are going to simply learn the technique and move on, which in reality couldn’t be further from the truth. This is true in all the Functional martial arts.

Take boxing as another example.  The jab something everyone who boxes will learn and typically on day one.  Should this be basic?  Again you will see it applied at all levels of boxing so why call it basic?

Basic also has another implication-

Hearing the word basic implies that there is something more “advanced”.

Advanced. A funny word in combat sports. Some things are more advanced for instance cutting an angle as you jab or doing a arm bar from an inverted position. Does that mean that the jab itself is different?  Are the details behind how the inverted arm bar work any different then a up right arm bar?

Arm bar from guard, in a upright position.
Inverted Arm bar from guard, in a inverted position

The simple answer is no. The weight transfer on the jab and the concept of covering with the opposite hand remain the same.  Just like how on the arm bar the concepts of locking out the arm, pinching the knees, and hipping in remain the same.

As you can see it’s the same application of pressure that makes the arm bar work.  I could take this further by posting pictures of a arm bar from mount an going even deeper into the similarities, but the point remains the same.

So now we have a dilemma, we have something students can learn and start applying on day one.  While at the same time being something that for the most part they will be practicing for as long as they train.



SBGi Head Coach Explains the problem with the word “Advanced”.

Fundamentals.  A word used all the time by coaches world wide and especially from SBGi coaches.  A phrase to cover the techniques a student needs to learn from day one and continue learning until the day they stop training.

“That’s a word that get’s thrown around on a regular basis, how does SBGi define a fundamental?”

Stay tuned for a video interview with SBGi head coach Matt Thornton.

Find out how he defines a fundamental.

What he means by “functional martial arts”.

And why you should be wary of someone using the term “advanced”.