Tuesday, May 31, 2011
WATCH A SLICK SHIME WAZA FINISH FROM THE SEMIS OF THE 2011 JUDO GRAND SLAM MOSCOW.
Judo is kind of like BJJ's non-identical twin that was raised by a different set of parents. One of the two is the uglier one (I'm not saying which is which). They may also have been switched at birth, depending on on how far you want to take the flimsy metaphor I'm setting up here.
When you watch Judo, you see all the similarities it shares with BJJ (and submission grappling). They share the same lineage, so that's no surprise. But, the execution of the ground game is very different - the pace, the most commonly applied techniques, the movements and setups, the level of risk taking. It's obvious that each sport has developed differently given the rules and scoring system.
Here's an example below from the semi finals at this past weekend's Judo Grand Slam, Moscow. We always expect Judo to involve major takedown battles, but what got my attention in this mach was the violence and speed with which the attacker (Silver Medalist, Cyrille Maret, FRA) sought his choke. Very badass and something we rarely see in world class BJJ matchups.