A few nights ago, I was teaching a Beginner BJJ Class and taught a sweep from the mount that ended up with a “paintbrush” (or key lock) submission.
After I completed the technique, one of the students asked if all my submissions ended with the “paintbrush” technique.
At first, I just laughed under my breath because I knew the student wasn’t being a smart-A. He was just thinking out loud because he’s a regular at my classes and realizes that many of my finishing techniques from the top usually result in some kind of “paintbrush” lock.
I told him that it’s not that all roads lead to the paintbrush, but more about the simple fact that once most grapplers get swept to laying on their backs, their arms are usually in the “hold up” position (hands above their shoulders) for the “paintbrush” hold. You just have to know what “mat picture” you’re looking for to apply the right submission and in my case, it just so happens to be the “paintbrush” finish.
Then I turned the question on him and asked what he thought I should do in this situation; go for a “boring” paintbrush or try to force another technique once my partner adjusts into the defensive mount position?
And just as I expected, he suggested that I go for something that was reasonable for that position, but required more energy from me to do because the position didn’t occur naturally during the transition.
That WAS the point I wanted the young gun to see.
Fortunately, there were a few techniques that I could’ve done from the mount after sweeping him. Unfortunately, they would’ve required more effort and energy from me to capitalize on the technique.
Wasted effort and energy don’t mean as much to a young gun, but to an OG, it’s one of the building blocks of our “training smarter, not harder” mantra.
And after I explained it that way, he got the point and started drilling the technique.
What’s the moral of the story? There isn’t one, just go for the simple technique that’s right in front of you than the one that makes the crowd go “ooooooh” after you do it.
Then again… maybe that IS the moral of the story! 🙂