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Fight2Win: The Best Thing to Happen to Grappling in Years


#1

Watching F2W’s Subversiv event tonight with their 5x5 team competition between 10th Planet, Team Lloyd Irvin, Erik Paulson’s CSW Association, and Team Carlson Gracie … F2W was in Seattle not too long ago. Having been in grappling since 2005, I can’t describe how impressed I am at what F2W is doing with its nationwide events. “Professionals” and amateurs, gi and no gi, adults, juniors, Masters, women … they do it all and they do it across the country.


#2

Wow thats crazy

I’ve rolled with Samir. We actually trained out of the same gym but the guy was so busy with work he would show up like twice a week. Then he moved out west I thought to Las Vegas.

He has two brothers equally as skilled. Tough solid guys.

But I think TLI will clean house. I don’t think there is any gym with a more dedicated group of grapplers/fighters than TLI.


#3

Three black belts from my instructor’s school competed a few months ago in Boston at #80. All 3 are former pro fighters from early 2000’s vale tudo style promotions in Colorado, all 3 well past their competitive grappling primes. One of them got one of the submissions of the night and the other two did well against world-class competition, even though they lost.

I have to say it was pretty cool to watch. My local instructor is a four-stripe brown belt at their school and it is both exciting and humbling to know that I’m part of their jiu jitsu lineage. It is also awesome to see self-defense jiu jitsu stack up so well in a sport setting. My instructor’s instructor eats, drinks, sleeps and breathes jiu jitsu for self-defense and he shook off like 10 years of rust to compete against an active IBJJF World Champion. He lost, but he was most definitely not out-of-his depth.

I’m definitely going to get tickets next time they’re in the region.


#4

I consider both Lloyd Irvin and Eddie Bravo to be my jiujitsu “uncles” or godparents. Never met or trained with them. But both were instrumental via their books/email newsletters in helping me get a strong sense of what jiujitsu was all about when I was first starting out that is still with me 13 years later.


#5

Love to hear self defense/old school jiujitsu folks mixing it up with the modern sport types! I’m almost 90% in the former camp - a little unusual for a featherweight, but that’s the jiujitsu I know, love, and believe in.


#6

Yeah man I got mad respect for TLI even though many people jumped ship a few years back after all that controversy. I never got to train at there unfortunately. I went to their gym right after high school but they wanted more money then I could swing at the time. But the gym I ended up at many years later definitely was not short on talent and they definitely weren’t about no bjj bitchassness as they say at TLI.

If I could emulate any ones style and approach it would have to be Eddie Bravo. I started working on my flexibility big time after watch a few of his videos. But I am to busy to even train now so I am stiff as a board these days.


#7

Funny enough, Eddie Bravo’s biggest influence on my game is his half guard. I’ve never even tried any of this Rubber Guard-related techniques.

I love the fact that the two techniques he’s actually used most effectively at the highest level (relatively speaking w/re2 the rematch) - his arm wrap triangle win against Royler at ADCC and his dominant half-guard series (Electric chair sweep to Top Stoner Control to Vaporizer) in the Metamoris rematch - are 100% 10th Planet, but 0% Rubber Guard.


#8

Haha. My goal was to develop some rubber guard game but I am way too stiff. But I did have a decent amount of success with the electric chair. Its such a great technique especially against big tough guys who just want to smash you and like 90 percent of the people out there at least the ones I have encountered have little experience with it which makes it way easier to hit.

That second Metamoris match between them was so good. I wonder if he had permanent knee damage after that.


#9

I love that rematch. I rewatch it a couple times a month :laughing: