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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

BATTLES: GRIPPO X HEMMINGS / FIVE GRAPPLING SUPERFIGHT.


It's a new world, and if you're not progressing, your retrogressing.  If you're wondering if we have a thesaurus, we do.  And, we're not afraid to use it.

Years ago, I blatantly assaulted the DLR guard and its players here on D/SG.  At the time, for me, it was all about beating the Del La Riva guard.  I was in turn mocked by one of my own teammates for being a stodgy, soon-to-be behind-the-times BJJ cruster who refused to advance with the progress and modern techniques of the current BJJ era.  Lesson learned. Embrace the new school.

You're about to watch Gianni Grippo face off against Darson Hemmings in a super new school battle at Five Grappling's inaugural event held last week.  It illustrates that, if you ain't passing from standing, leg dragging, De La Riva guard pulling, inverting and berimbolo-ing, you probably ain't doing it right.  At least not in 2013.  Now, maybe that isn't entirely true.  But, if you're not careful, one of these days, a tuned-up blue belt's gonna blast a very speedy and precise b-bolo on you while your inhaling for .25 of a second and it will be curtains for you.  It almost happened to me last week.  Enjoy.

A couple of thoughts/queries on the match:
  • Do you like this kind of ultra-technical, anti-risk type of BJJ match?
  • What do you think of the 5 Grappling rule granting 2 points to the first person to take top position and hold it for a 3-count from a double guard pull?
  • Do you want to see more events like this, focusing on the top purple and brown contenders?

9 comments:

  1. Do you like this kind of ultra-technical, anti-risk type of BJJ match?

    I don't think it was very anti-risk...just a hard, technical match where both guys were working the whole time. I didn't really see any stalling. Maybe I'm misinterpreting what you mean by anti-risk though.

    What do you think of the 5 Grappling rule granting 2 points to the first person to take top position and hold it for a 3-count from a double guard pull?

    I think 1 point would be more fair than a full 2, but I love the idea.

    Do you want to see more events like this, focusing on the top purple and brown contenders?

    Not as much as I'd like to see more events focusing on blackbelts!

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  2. Honestly, I thought it was kind of boring. Yes, both competitors were actively working, but the match didn't really progress much after the first minute.

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  3. the problem is Grippo keeps using the lapel grip to pass and not posting down on the DLR knee so he can aggressively commit forward.

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  4. I thought it was pretty good. I watched it all the way through with out being bored.

    I wouldn't describe this as anti risk. I thought both people were actively trying the entire time and at a pretty good pace at that.

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  5. watched the whole thing not bored. want to see more....i'd love to see blue and purple belt stuff. it's hard for people to know at those levels if their in the right place since most sites focus on brown/black belt. i like seeing how blue and purples work around the state/world to see where i fit in...am i in the right place or should i be alot better.

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  6. Despite not much changing of positions at all, I felt like it was an intense match, more suspenseful than exciting. Both guys appeared to be sincerely trying to improve their positions.

    I think the double guard pull rule is a fantastic idea, the IBJJF should adopt it immediately.

    Purple and brown belt matches are some of the best, show more!

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  7. Not bored at all. Really appreciate what Hemmings was trying to do there switching between a good DLR and then going inverted DLR to prevent Grippo inside cut passing. People can say he was not passing aggressively enough but would you prefer Paulo Mayao vs. Mendes/Cobrhina where it is a 10 minute 50/50 match?

    On a less opponent Grippo passes but it was just a good/even exchange throughout.

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  8. I find it ironic this was called a Superfight. It was super-boring. Competitive fishing is more exciting. What a waste of a lot of gripping and straining. This doesn't make sport Jiu-Jitsu look like much of anything. But the part where Hemming gets stacked with his legs and feet over his head seemed terribly shameful and humiliating...as if something else was happening.
    Why not have so-called superfights with no points whatsoever, submission only, with no time limits. Or 30 minute time limit as many submissions as possible.

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