Saturday, June 11, 2011

Style vs Style

At the beginning, most people who begin bjj have a very similar style to each other (just learning fundamentals).

But very quickly, people will realize that they tend to prefer playing a specific type of game that may or may not work well for other people.

Many things determine this:

Body type
Wrestling/judo background
athleticism
etc.

My opinion on this would be to learn as much as possible and to develop a system around your strongest moves. (i.e. if you play de la riva guard, have 3 or 4 moves you can do from a failed sweep attempt that can be launched right away).

Eventually when you become a black belt, you will not have just a system that works around one area you are strong at, but you will be strong at most positions. In a way, it is rinse and repeating the above process for different positions.

now a video of Marcelo Garcia grappling Ben Askren, notice the difference in their styles.

6 comments:

slycoopert said...

nice fight man keep up the good post!

bmx4130 said...

Great advice.

zemzero said...

Nice video, cool read.

The R00STER said...

Really good fight :)

jeramieetyler said...

Do you practice any martial arts?

Salted Plum said...

Very interesting, I will follow for more.