Why should you care about this as an Aikidoka?
Well read it closely and look for the wisdom in between the lines.
Ryan is a young competitive BJJ and Submission Grappler. One of the up anc coming stars in the scene. I train with him from time to time and I will tell you that his wisdom and skill defies his age.
Ryan is an innovator and pushes the envelope on grappling. He has come under alot of controversy for the "game" that he has developed and he beats guys that are technically better and more experienced than he. Specifically for his use of his patented 50/50 guard. (don't worry if you don't know what it is, that is not the important part of the discussion) They don't like it for sure!
anyway, I think what is important about his post is expressed in the following:
Like any other legitimate position (mount, half guard, closed guard, x-guard, et al), there is no "magic bullet" that will defeat the 50/50. As one can notice from observing the back and forth between the Alliance and Atos teams, as soon as you develop one counter and use it a couple times, your training partners or opponents will develop a counter to your movement. The cycle is endless because all single moves or techniques are inherently vulnerable to a specific counter technique.
What allows Roger Gracie to be so dominant, almost never losing a position even against the most elite of competition? Is it a specific move that he knows which all others seemingly do not? I could be wrong, but I do not believe this to be the case. Instead, I think we can all agree that the true skill of Jiu-Jitsu is not in one move or series of moves, but rather in movement itself, the ability to understand balance, timing, base, and other fundamental skills that allow a fighter to protect him or herself while putting their opponent in danger.
Balance, timing, base, and other fundamental skills.
Alot of fighters really concentrate on the technical game of BJJ. It allows them to gain skill rapidily by developing a bag of tricks. of course, Ryan has his bag of tricks, but he also has achieved synthesis and understand the realitive value and place these tricks come into play.
I think this is important for us in Aikido to consider as well as we train and try and synthesize our various techniques into something that resembles are holistic and appropriate response to uke.
Anyway, thought it was a very interesting read!