In dancing the thing you want to do most is listen to the music. Yes there’s technique, and mastery of technique requires reps, but at the end of the day it’s about how well the movement compliments the music. If the moves are on beat, you’re going to funky, even if the technique isn’t there yet. Again, the key is hearing the music:
If hearing the key to dance, I asked myself what’s Jiu-Jitsu’s anchor? The answer of course is relaxing enough to feel our opponent. As in dance, getting our structure (technique) down is important, but means little if not coupled with timing through sensitivity.
If our tactile sense-ability is high, our technique doesn’t have to be perfect because we’re ‘helping’ an opponent into positions their energy is already moving in…
…This is the doorway to effortless Jiu-Jitsu.
The problem is we are often ‘successful’ using speed, power, and cardio to force positions that aren’t quite there, and pretty soon we’re using Jiu-Jitsu positions to not do Jiu-Jitsu. =)
‘Getting results’ in the above fashion is analogous to using a heavy-duty sledge hammer to drive nails. Yes it may get the job done in certain circumstances, but we’re not being nearly as effective as we could be, which hurts us the most when it counts the most.