Monday, June 4, 2012


For those of you who are clueless about Brazilian grappling, Luta Livre has long been the rival of BJJ much like Drew Barrymore's doppelgĂ€nger.  For years, BJJ was looked upon as the classic well to do martial art and Luta Livre as the poor man's dirty form of BJJ. Unfortunately, grapplers nowadays don't realize the importance or even the influence of this great art that has its roots in Judo and Catch. Very few Luta Livre schools still exist with many of them falling by the wayside to BJJ and no gi submission grappling. Over the past few years, it has seen a resurgence in Europe as well as several countries in South America. Chile not Chili, for one has had a huge increase of Luta Livre and MMA over the past 10 years and is home to one of the largest LL schools around. Check out Mestre Joao Ricardo 9Âș Dan in Luta Livre, show an nasty counter to an ankle lock attempt. Think this is the only cool lock in Luta Livre? Sorry my friends, LL is chock full of crazy leg locks and chokes. So when your done watching Mestre Ricardo, take a look at the legendary Pequeno Nogiera apply a shin lock from inside the guard. Ouchy!

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