Strength vs. Technique

"Helio, built slightly at just 5-foot-7 and around 140 pounds, quickly realized that many of the long-held techniques relied on brute strength. Because he was often outsized in competition, he worked to adapt existing Japanese jiu-jitsu to rely on physics and leverage rather than power."

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/28913997/

So as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Jiu Jitsu literally meaning "art of softness") becomes more popular, a focus on strength has come into play in many circles. Is that the right way for the art to evolve?

A good case of both sides is Fernando Terere vs. Roger Gracie. Both of these guys have a high level game but Roger is much stronger than Terere. Terere starts off very strong - almost ending the match with a nice armbar, but in the end, Roger wins.

Who is displaying the most skill here?

I will try to keep focusing on technique - if strength comes in the process - so be it.

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Technique always trumps strength. However, I think as athletes we should all strive to be as strong as possible at your natural bodyweight. I guarantee Terere is very strong at his weight of 140. The stonger and more fit you are at your weight, the easier it will be to maneuver your body and apply technique. Grappling is an athletic activity, the better your technique and the better your fitness (cardio, strength and flexibility), the better grappler you will be.

I agree...

...partially.

"As strong as possible"?

So the weight bench should be hit between your mat times? I am not too sure about that.

Strong people will start using their strength as a crutch for lack of technique.

Helio was never a big guy. And what about this dude right here:

I am not saying strength plays no part, I am saying that focusing on it should not be a priority. I think mat time should be priority - getting as much as you can.

Fabio Gurgel has one of the best schools on earth - where are the weight benches?