A sad state of affairs...

Discussion in 'Grappling / Brazilian Ju Jitsu / Wrestling' started by Hanzou, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. Anarax

    Anarax 2nd Black Belt

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    The grappling techniques in modern MMA is a mixed bag, not just GJJ/BJJ. Wrestling has also played a tremendous factor in shaping "MMA Grappling" as well.

    That varies from school to schools and system to system. I've studied traditional striking systems that taught takedown/grappling defenses as well as other systems that didn't. Traditional striking is a very broad category and is too diverse in methodologies to say none of them teach anti-grappling.

    There's without a doubt some delusional practitioners who believe that(I've met some of them), but there's also many traditional practitioners that take anti-grappling seriously. They put a lot of time and effort in developing anti-grappling skills and are capable of defending takedowns.
     
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    I'm not a fantastic striker, but those arms would probably just lead me to use a short low kick to force distance, and a more powerful kick if they kept it up. I don't think I'd find it all that confusing. Good striking is a better way to keep a striker at distance to set up entry.
     
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    All wrestler knows that the best time to enter is when his opponent is kicking. You block that kicking leg, push his leading arm to jam his back arm, you will have a safe entry. If you can catch that kicking leg, that's even better.

    If A and B try to punch each other, both will get punched. If A tries to punch B, but B only care about clinch, my bet will be on B. If A can't knock B down, the clinch will happen.
     
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    My experience is that when a grappler's got his arms engaged up high (as in the example), he's less able to take advantage of a low kick, especially if he's also having to pay attention to what might happen to his arms. Kicks don't have to be slow, and they don't even have to make contact to create distance. Now, give me a wrestler who's lowered his weight and is advancing at the ready, and I will keep my legs to myself, because that's just a gift.
     
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    Wrestling has played a tremendous factor in shaping Judo and Bjj as well.

    Do you have any examples of this? I certainly hope we're not talking about something akin to this:

     
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    No not like that. Changing angles, striking without over-committing too much, drilling escapes, learning to generate power in close spaces/ranges, etc. Drilling those dynamics with a training partner with realistic energy is where I think some schools lose sight of it.
     
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    This may have been posted before. This is pretty sad. If you are taking BJJ, I don't see how or why takedowns wouldn't be a big part of the training. Where I was taking BJJ for a month, we did takedowns, but they were very basic. You find most BJJ schools are doing some takedowns, but they are only adequate for an untrained street thug, not a wrestler or judoka. And that's probably sufficient for 90% of the time.

     
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    I don't think it is my imagination that the wrestler guy seems to have a bit of a weight advantage over the BJJ guy?? Also, I am surprised the slams were allowed, which makes me curious about the context, who was organizing this match, etc.
    Wrestler guy definitely played his own wrestling game, and refused to try and pass the other guy's guard once he was on the ground. He repeatedly just stepped out and continued standing. I will play devil's advocate a bit though in defense of BJJ: if you trained nogi takedowns all the time, you'd basically be DOING wrestling and not BJJ anymore. There has got to be some balance. That said, some better takedown defense on the BJJ guy's end could have helped immensely, even if not able to offensively use takedowns against said wrestler guy.
     
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    Well said. Where I plan on attending does gi and no gi, alternative weeks.
     
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    In defense of the Bjj practitioner, if you're going against a bigger stronger guy (the wrestler had a clear size advantage) with an obvious wrestling background, pulling guard or going for hooks is your only real hope because you're simply NOT going to win in an upright takedown battle with that individual. I noticed that about midway through this fight, the Bjj guy got frustrated and fell directly into the wrestler's game where he was clearly outclassed and slammed repeatedly.

    This is entirely an experience issue btw. Anyone who has been in Bjj for an extended amount of time has a story about a wrestler (or two) entering a gym on their first day and giving you fits in a roll. As you advance through the art, you'll find ways to counter those tactics (sometimes by adopting those tactics yourself). There's a reason you don't see wrestlers dominating Bjj comps in the upper ranks. Wrestlers stop popping up in Bjj competition around mid-blue belt range because you start getting people who are used to their tactics (and also leg locks are allowed).
     
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