Shen (a Rey Diogo BJJ student on the BJJ Forum) had an interesting thread on the BJJ forum called "Teaching your Game v. Teaching BJJ"
Here is his original post:
The Bolo thread got me (and I'm sure others) thinking about a topic I have seen come up tangentially in a few threads...
That is, the topic of teaching BJJ vs. teaching your personal expression of BJJ.
I think we can agree that ALL BJJ teachers play and teach a little --or a lot--differently. Everyone has their own style of BJJ. One could even well argue there as many styles of BJJ as there are BJJ players.
So the question becomes:
1) When it comes time for you to teach BJJ to others, WHAT do you teach them...? Do you teach your students what has worked well for you or do you somehow have a larger responsibility to teach them a more classical (for lack of a better word) syllabus of BJJ and allow them to formulate their own style? Or perhaps, you teach them some combination of your stuff and the classics?
This brings up a second question:
2) Are there certain things a BJJ player MUST know how to do to be considered a true/legit BJJ player/teacher...? Are their SPECIFIC knowledge requirements?
For example, what if an instructor doesn't teach, say, the Triangle Choke at all...? What if someone else doesn't teach the Omoplata or Americana...? Maybe they have very good reasons for dropping these techniques and have developed effective alternatives which they feel are superior.
BUT, is this teacher then an innovator helping to evolve the art or is this teacher hurting the art and short-changing his students in the long run?
I realize this is a somewhat unwieldy question, but I'd like to know what your feelings are on this topic.
OK back to me: I'd curious of the forum's responses on this topic about teaching a martial art in its traditional form versus teaching your personal expression of it. It is my understanding that Guru Dan teaches more of an art like kali in its traditional form - in that he gives credit to the origin of different techniques to his various teachers and includes responses to attacks that may not be his personal favorites.
There is some possible criticism from his students as to a lack of emphasis on what Guru Dan would actually do in that particular circumstance, i.e. what he favors.
I am interested in what the JKD's forums views are on this admittedly (as Shen said) "unwieldly" topic