- Sep 29, 2013
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Again, and no disrespect if I get this wrong, but your comments don't seem to imply much real world experience here. OK, appreciate what I should say is, that it does not reflect much, or any, of "my" experience.
8 years (not consistently due to injury and life). Just got my purple in July.
Have you ever competed in bjj and at what level?
A couple of times at white belt, and a few times while blue. Stopped due to injury in my knee.
I only ask to try and get a flavour of where you are coming from?
It's the backyard wrestlers off the street that come into the dojo which are the ones you often need to watch. Yes, you would expect a senior bjj or wrestling instructor through superior skill, endurance, fight discipline to overcome such a person. But it is the unknown quantities from other styles or off the street as you put it, that can surprise you or catch you off guard sometimes due to their unorthodox fighting style or irregular/unexpected (ie not doing what most bjj practitioners would do in response to such a move) responses. You should also know in fighting not to pre-judge a book by its cover.
Unless your implication that by being a "back-street wrestler" is that the individual is lacking in actual fighting ability and/or in physical capability?
You may be disappointed in your instructor if they patently underestimated this type and thus tapped out but to lose a fight to such may cause a few raised eyebrows but would not, I hope, lose respect in the eyes of your peers or club colleagues (...unless perhaps if each peer then went on to wipe the floor with the guy and with ease, again, that would raise some questions). More likely, I would expect them to have a laugh about what a handful said street brawler/wrestler was and possibly ask for a match-up themselves, provided he had fought "cleanly".
Now in a strike context, I would use the analogy of someone like Kimbo Slice or Lenny McLean in his prime coming into a striking club, any heavy weight practitioners in said club that were to mix it with them would need to be very cautious with such. There is more than likely an equivalent analogy with wrestlers.
The culture is a bit hard to explain. I suppose if you were "brought up" in such a Bjj system like I was it would be a bit more understandable. I wouldn't say its ego per say. The simplest way I can say it is that you don't want to be from a school that produces soft black belts. If a couple of black belt visit your school and get tapped by blue belts, that simply looks bad on the school where their coming from, and word gets around pretty quickly that school X is producing soft black belts.