BJJ has been quite influential these last couple decades and for good reason. However, I feel that the amount of attention it has drawn to itself have not only hurt BJJ, but also the MMA community.
Quick, what do MMA fighters do on the ground? Did you think BJJ? I’m guessing most of you did, certainly most MMA fans do. What they’re really doing is submission wrestling(with punches). Sure this is semantics, but it is a little telling of what I am getting at. It’s like how people call bumper plates “Crossfit plates” or ciruit training “Crossfit”.
BJJ is unfortunately more of a brand than anything now. I found out a few days ago that the no-gi grappling classes are going to go bye-bye because they weren’t getting enough people. While the Gi classes are generally packed. I asked myself why this is, and the answer is generally that because the Gi classes are BJJ.
Where’s the shoot wrestling and the catch wrestling? These styles are a lot more appropriate for MMA or basically anything short of a kimino party or training for sport BJJ. People seem to mistakenly think there isn’t a big difference, but the difference is huge. BJJ is about position then submission second, where shoot/catch wrestling is about submission then position.
Which makes perfect sense for the respective arts. Locking down your position is a lot more effective/important when you can hang on to the guy by the gi. Where is things are to fast in no gi. There is constant movement.
I do practice BJJ. It’s obviously not my favorite submission wrestling style, but it’s definitely one I enjoy. I just think its sad that BJJ has taken the spotlight from other styles, especially one’s that are more suitable.