I’ve enjoyed taking jiu jitsu, but feel that it’s not really for me. There is too much focus on what works for smaller/weaker guys. (I train at a top place, so the quality of instruction is high.) I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard, “Don’t use strength, just technique.” Well, I WANT to learn how to use my size and power to my advantage. If I have it, why not use it?
Most of the bigger guys I see do judo or combat sambo. From my research, I think combat sambo would better suit me. (Judo seems too one-dimensional.)
Has anyone here taken combat sambo? If so, what are your thoughts? (I’m going to check out some schools, of course, but I’d like to hear some opinions from people not looking for my money.)[/quote]
Hi CL. It sounds like youre not as interested in judo, but I thought I would throw in my opinion of it. I think its excellent :). And for the record im at about 235 right now.
You will get the same line about doing the techniques properly (dont “muscle it up”) from instructors, but you can definately see the advantage the larger, skilled, judokas have. It makes them more “robust” in competition. If they have a poor grip on the gi they can still be strong enough to complete the throw, or if a technique isnt performed perfectly (as it never is when facing another person) they are able to compensate slightly with their extra leverage.
Check out some videos of Rhadi Fergusson (If youre not already familiar with him). There is an excellent example on youtube of Rhadi making use of his strength during a throw. I kinda felt bad for the guy getting tossed. :).
I also think judo is a good compliment to bjj as it focuses on getting a person down in a position where bjj is most effective.
Best of luck with whatever you choose.