Something I heard or read from Saulo Ribeiro I think, is the person with the best Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t always win the match. I didn’t know what exactly this meant at the time, but it stuck with me.
In terms of winning and losing, all a match is to me now is a public roll. Some one gets the positions they try for and/or some one taps, and life goes on. It doesn’t diminish or take away from anything that happened before, because well, those things happened.
Back to my point, from a student’s perspective, based on the limitations of rules designed to create digestible viewing and competitor accessibility, we are only seeing a tiny snapshot of two people’s games.
In the case of Royler vs. Eddie, it was roughly 85% Royler’s half-guard top game against Eddie’s half-guard bottom. While wonderfully instructive, it’s also very limited. We don’t for example get to see Eddie’s back defense against Royler’s back offense, Royler’s mount versus Eddie’s, and so on and so forth. Not to mention, if we’re talking pure Jiu-Jitsu, who’s game is more effective when they’re exhausted.
If there’s a lesson in this, it’s to take whatever you can from a match while additionally trying to comprehend the whole. Such layered investigation requires a lot of work, but so goes the adventure.