Brazillian ju jitsu practitioners YOU WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.
(From what I have seen the Gracie movement appear to be very over confident in their techniques on the street). I had all the respect for Hoyce Gracie in the early UFC’s and still have enormous respect for the guy now. However 99.99% of his students are not anywhere near to Royce Gracie in skill and gameness.
Unfortunately the UFC has gone from a test of fighting skills into a SPORT. No finger breaks, no head butting, no biting, no fish hooking, no groin attacks, no open strikes to the neck, groin, or eyes, no attacks to the kidney area, no attacks to the spine, no side kicking to the knee in fact the list goes on an on and on. At least in the early days head butting was allowed. This allowed Igor vochainkin to defeat many a grappler with his famous reverse head butts in the AFC. However it is now not a very realistic test of style for the street.
Unless you as a Brazillian ju jitsu fighter have been up against a good street fighter then you dupe yourselves into thinking ufc etc etc is a real test of fighting. Guard position (a famous brazillian ju jitsu ground position) is practicarly useless against a good street fighter. If you ask why then you do not know what a good street fighter is ? Before you claim i do not know what grappling is well i do. I have been trained in both shoot fighting and brazilian submission wrestling,(and won competitions, so what!) I have also done boxing for many many years and train in wing chun (my favorite style along with boxing for street fighting). Many people in BJJ (brazillian ju jitsu) seem to brag about how BJJ is superior, well smell the cofee because on its own it is not. However i agree that grappling is very useful and every “martial artist” should at least learn some as to know how to defend against it. Just like Chuck Liddel does and then succesfuly beats grapplers on a regular basis with strikes (a very dangerous man), someone Gracie would not get in the ring with (as gracie is a smart guy)!
Now BJJ is an excellent art for the mat and for fighting on a padded surface or to fight a drunk brawler with. However Brazillian ju jitsu for fighting against a brutal MMA or street fighter with no rules beware you may end up without your crown jewles ! (yeah your teticles) or your pearls yes your eyes. Now fighting against weapons (the norm in taiwan so far as broken bottles goes) well please don’t take it to the ground ! Fighting against multiple attackers ouch please don’t go to the ground. Fighting on concrete well it can be done but watch out you could loose by accidently banging your head. This message is not a dig at gracie ju jitsu or the Gracies (who i admire) but a wake up call to the students of Brazillian ju jitsu yes “smell the coffee.” Sport is sport not fighting.
However on the flip side it is also a cop out by many traditional martial artists who refuse to fight in simulated fighting or sport fighting ,as it can be a good test as to roughly how good you are at some of your techniques. BUT CERTAINLY NOT THE BE ALL AND END ALL. Gracie was fundamental in clearing out much of the bullshit in martial arts and is a superb fighter but i am sure that he knows some of the weaknesses in BJJ as if you are honest with yourselves (BJJ people)you will also acknowledge. A few guys revolutionise the martial arts every once in a while and the two figures this century were in my opinion Bruce Lee and the Gracies.
However some of the grapplers on these forums that brag about how superior BJJ is well i advize you to just beware, that it is not YOU fighting Chuck liddel or whoever in the ring and remember it is a RING.
On a closing note. My friend who is a professional doorman and has been on the door for nine years in northern England has a black belt in BJJ and a karate black belt was telling people how he feared the seasoned street fighter more than any other martial artists. How they are “game” (GAMENESS SOMETHING MOST MARTIAL ARTISTS LACK) for the fight and stop at nothing to win. Well a few months ago he got badly beaten by one, including having the top of his finger bitten right off while trying some grappling. Also a BJJ practitioner with many years experience in Taiwan just got a real beating by three unarmed Taiwanese guys. Yes 3 to one unfair odds but they were untrained drunk street thugs !
So finally power to the Gracies for all they have done in revolutionizing the martial arts but to all you students who have trained for a few years in Brazillian ju jitsu nd who think you are now tough and rough i suggest you step back and realise your weaknesses, rather than just acknowleding your strengths. Because you yourselves are turing into the arrogant elitists that YOU claim is only apparent in the traditional martial arts community.
WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE THE MAT CAN LIE!