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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

QUESTION: WILL MY SWEET BERIMBOLO BE EFFECTICE IN A BATTLE TO THE DEATH? ANSWER: PROBABLY NOT, GRASSHOPPER.


People have been asking this question for as long as I've been training:  Does BJJ prepare your for street confrontations?  It's a good question, especially since we both know ever since you started training (6 months ago), you've been walking around with your head mighty high.  We wouldn't want you to have to back any of your training up without first understanding some critical stuff.  You clearly need the Brothers Gracie, Rener and Ryron, to primer you for 22 minutes on the importance of distinguishing sport from street Jiu Jitsu. Exactly that.

This video, although sort of an advertisement  for GJJ and its "Gracie Combatives" system, is informative and raises good points.  It's true that many of us spend a lot of time and effort perfecting techniques that are not valuable in a self defense or street fight situation.  Hopefully, most of us know this, and have the wherewithal to develop general combat/fighting skills that we can apply to all that mortal combat and battles to the death we participate in on a regular basis.

Seriously, good stuff from Bros. Gracie.

6 comments:

  1. This video left me with two questions:
    1) Have Rener or Ryron ever been in a 'real' fight (real fight!)?
    2) "Sort of" an advertisement???

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  2. 1) Good question!
    2) I was being diplomatic :)

    Regardless, but they do still make good points I think. And, it's certainly something for people who train BJJ to pay attention to.

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  3. I have always wondered, why these GJJ/BJJ self defense systems avoid punching and kicking, even in self defense situations? Is that some budo rule: no kicking to the balls?

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    1. Strikes do exist in the art, but just like the video asserts about most BJJ self-defense aspects being underutilized, you don't see them very often. Consider that now venerable book by Royler and Renzo "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Practice". It has some basic strikes in the blue belt section, such as elbow strikes and a side kick.

      Personally, I think we need to bring back some gi-wearing vale tudo so people begin to re-associate BJJ fighters with pugilism. :)

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