When I think of BJJ techniques, I think of chess pieces. You can’t win a chess game with just a few pawns. You must also have a few really good pieces like a bishop, rook or queen. You have to understand how each piece moves. You must study its strengths as well as its weaknesses. Then you have to know how to move those pieces to take advantage of each one’s strengths. You have to learn to think three, four, even five moves ahead of your current position.
BJJ is very similar to chess. You start by learning individual techniques. You must learn each technique’s strengths and weaknesses. You must also learn how to use it and when to use it. Then you must learn how each technique works in combination with other techniques. Finally, you learn to think three, four, even five moves ahead of your current position.
So don’t feel like you have to rush through BJJ like it’s the Indy 500, trying to learning as many techniques as you can as fast as you can. Take your time and become intimate with each technique. Learn the nuances of each position and what options you have from each position. Learn how they play off of one another. Trade some of those weak techniques in for some good solid foundation moves. Because, you can’t win chess with a bunch of pawns and you can’t master a combat sport with a bunch of undeveloped techniques.