In defense of my intellectual masturbation.
Obviously by opening a discussing of what I feel is the underlying themes of jiu jitsu I'm trying to impress someone? Maybe I'm trying to figure some shit out? Something a little more than 'when he do dis, you do dat' mindlessness.
"Do you mean recognizing triangles? Forming them? Seeing them? Applying force in triangulating vectors? You don't really say what you're talking about."
Those are really good observations. All of them! I'm talking about all those things. Hopefully as many as possible at once.
I use the term triangulation because it seems to allow itself to be attached to wide range of applications and abstractions. Ranging from strategy, to the known mechanics of locks and holds.
If I was to use a term like frame building, which brings with it the stigma of being static, I don't believe the mind of the technical grappler would be stimulated. Everyone knows what a frame is, but I'm personally trying to figure out how to really USE them, which means learning how they interact. What their relationship is to each other.
At the same time I aspire to use vocubulary that takes advantage of the medium, and fully engages the participant vs. passively entertaining them. Words are forms to cling to as well right? Learn and forget right?
Triangulation: The location of an unknown point, as in navigation, by the formation of a triangle having the unknown point and two known points as the vertices.
Triangulation is also a part of Spherical Trigonometry: The modified form of trigonometry applied to spherical triangles.
You don't need formulas to use triangulation of energy in in jiu jitsu. It's a part of the science of grappling. For example both the Center Line Theory and Positional Dominance is based on it.
- Slap a kimura on someone from x-side top or guard. Notice that the kimura is a three edged frame. Your two arms, and your opponents arm. A triangle. What effect does the volume of 'negative space' within the frame have on the mechanics of the lock?
- In the "mechanics" of the kimura I was traditionally taught the closer the opponents elbow to the torso the tighter the lock, (ideally due to clean 90 degree angles, give or take)
- To finish the kimura is to apply rotation to these triangular angles isolating the shoulder thru an arc.
Experimental questions: So how does "slack" effect the kimura? How does one TIGHTEN the kimura up? Is it simply by applying a stronger grip? Does gripping with the thumb matter? What effect on frame building does gripping with the thumb have? What effect does building the smallest triangle possible have on ROTATIONAL leverage?
These questions are directly relevent to the "triangulation' of energy, leverage, hands arms torso, whatever we're using.
Good jiu jitsu is good technical movement. Technical movement seems to follow triangles to one degree or another. And some people are saying spirals, but I won't go there. If you disagree please tell me why? And give examples to contradict me.
Dave in Oregon
PS - If using technical terms in a medium that provides an outlet for any individual to do their own research makes me sound like a fruitloop, I welcome it. The real fruitloops are people willing to eat what is served them without looking to see what's in it.
There are people who genuinely desire to to know how and why things work. I'm one of these people. I also am the type of person that needs to write it helps me organize my thought.
I'm not selling anything. I'm being honest in presenting what I think is relevent information about jiujitsu on the internet medium. If I was talking philosophy would your critisism change? What does philosophy have to do with jiu jitsu anyways? It's just a sport.