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Before MMA hopped onto the scene, people feared the largest man in the room. Perhaps they felt the sheer size of the man warranted the assumption that the largest was therefore the most lethal. Today’s astute fight fan has changed this mentality, and no longer should you fear the largest man, but rather, you should fear the man with the most messed up ears. What is still consider grotesque in most circles, is often worn as a badge of pride by many wrestlers, mixed martial artists, jiu jitsu practitioners and boxers. It is often assumed a fighter with ruined ears has shown longevity in their given sport. And while some fighters seem more vulnerable than others (similar to how some people are riddle with cavities, while others have never had one) the method by which we fall victim to cauliflower ear is always the same.
It’s said that an Olympic Wrestler doesn’t use a single move in the Olympics unless they have drilled that move at least 10,000 times. Nothing is different in any of the martial arts. If you want to throw a Oomapolatta against a black belt you better have drilled that move a few thousand times, otherwise he’s just going to pass your guard for all your trouble. While there is no replacement for sparring and live grappling, drilling is twice as useful. For every hour spent grappling, you should be spending 2 hours honing your technique, speed, conditioning, smoothness and power in every movement.
In honor of the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics in Sochi Russia tonight, I am taking this opportunity to write about the merits and likelihood of Mixed Martial Arts becoming an Olympic Sport. The early-2000’s brought a meteoric rise in popularity to MMA, and since then, I have often heard a calling amongst MMA enthusiasts for it to be made an Olympic sport. Proponents will point to it’s globalness, popularity and history, while also drooling over the chance to see a knockout style tournament reminiscent of the movie “Warrior”. On the other hand detractors will point to the sports violent nature, recovery time needed for fighters, no governing body and a lack of quality amatuer presence.
Today I wanted to address to you the need for beginners to drill with advanced jiu-jitsu practitioners. Now that winter break is coming, we can expect some new faces to walk through the door. Some of them are college students who are on break and finally have the time to train. I certainly know I was guilty of this. Some are brand new while others have a bit of experience. These new students provide more training partners which equals a higher quality gym. But there is sometimes a bit of hesitation for these newer students to roll with the better students. Sometimes rolling with a beginner can help you practice moves that you just learned, but mainly, it is not jiu jitsu because these students don’t yet know what proper jiu jitsu technique is. Just like street fights aren’t MMA, and just like boxing in the backyard with your friends when you were 13 wasn’t boxing.
There are any number of reasons this fight might be hitting the ground, we simply breakdown the top five: drugs, size, superior wrestling, popularity or superior striking.?
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