This post has two parts, first one is an example from today's training and at the same time a bit of a rant so flame on : D Second is related to someone recently posting something along the lines of "big guys don't have technique they use force and don't have to learn the subtleties of bjj". So as usual my sparring partner is lightweight (well at least for me), he's one of the bigger guys at around 220-230bs but not really challenging strenght-wise. I'm going for an armbar from side control, and I'm (as always) taking it all easy and not applying a lot of force, and somewhere along the process I almost lose his arm, he's able to pull it away and now I'm holding the arm somewhere around his elbow and it's all sloppy and not really an armbar. Now I could still use some pure strenght and rip his arm out of his body (almost literally) but obviously I'm not , so I'm letting him go and he's sort of trash-talking how cool he is and how he got away bla bla. So the rant part of this example is: - many guys don't even realize I'm really (I mean *really* holding back and giving maybe about 50-60% of strength) when rolling with em. Because otherwise I would injure them. And they don't appreciate that fact at all. Oh well, screw that. I can live with it. Second part is the actual message: - my armbar was sloppy. It wasn't done correctly and lead to him being able to escape. That's the sole reason of it failing - because it wa technically bad. - the fact that in a regular training, the big guy *has* to hold back in order not to harm people, he has to execute stuff really perfecly for it to work. As a result, he *does* learn perfect technique. In the next round I went for another armbar and it was maybe not perfect but very good and it worked.