One of our instructors put it best, in his thick Brazilian accent, you have to have faith in a technique in order for it to work.
There are very few, if any, techniques in jiu jitsu that can be successfully executed if only a partial commitment from the student.
Some are definitely require- nay, demand, more commitment than others. I find these are the passing of the guard moves, and personally refer to them as the “kamikaze” techniques. Which, if you read the history of the kamikaze, actually barely makes any sense, but bear with me for a second. I guess one could call them “balls to the wall”, but it just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
These are techniques that and quite successful when pulled off properly, but do require a good deal of faith. They are not for the timid or hesitant. Again, these are usually passing of the guard techniques, and it’s put up or shut up time when executed properly.
For years, crossing the knee was a ‘kamikaze’ technique for me. We were eventually taught the more official crossing of the knee, but for a while, especially at high white and low blue, I would just grab a leg, close my eyes and do my best not to smash my partner in the groin (while it’s ten times less painful for a woman to get hit in the groin, it still hurts). I have obviously refined this technique, but it was a valuable lesson to learn.
Sometimes you just have to take that leap, and win, lose or draw you know that you tried.
Believe in your technique, believe in your jiu jitsu, believe in your game.
And don’t smash anyone in the groin, guy or girl. 🙂