Sticky hands training does help in BJJ training. How? Here's how:
1. When a student first learns trapping movements, that's all they are - Movements.
2. When a student first learns a trapping drill, it is actually NOT a trapping drill, but a coordination drill.
3. After spending a considerable amount of time within the confines of the coordination drill, the student's awareness level progresses to the point where they can begin to recognize certain movements right before they happen. Now the drill has become an awareness building drill.
4. Once the student has developed their awareness to a very high level, they begin to FEEL intentions in movements. This is where the training gets fun, and this is where the idea of trapping comes into play.
Now, I know there are a lot of JKD
people that have given up on the idea of trapping because they say "It doesn't work." However, I have not given up on it because I have discovered some more realistic ways to train it.
While it is true that compound trapping is next to impossible to perform in a mixed martial arts environment, the basic traps can and do work.
Now, here's an interesting thing to note:
Not only have I been able to see and use a limited amount of "trapping" movements in BJJ, but a few of my senior JKD students have seen their use as well.
Additionally, when I was training Sifu Dan Inosanto
in BJJ, there were certain times when we would roll that he would see me use a movement from Higot Hubud Lubud
or from Chi Sao
and verbally tell me, "Hey, that's from Wing Chun", or "Hey, that's from Kali."
So, from my perspective, trapping training can be a great introduction to awareness training and sensitivity training! Roy Harris Harris International