SSB vs. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu #3


Yep. Completely wiped, sweaty, and confused. Welcome to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

I don’t even know where to begin.  Other than the fact that I almost creaked my neck during rolling warm-ups, I think I’m slowly getting the hang of BJJ.  I’m doing a lot of rolling with the other students, and they’ve all got a ton of experience.  It really feels like I’ve gotta catch up to everyone else, but Coach Shannon says that I’ve gotta take it easy, step by step.

Though the last few minutes of class really wore me out.  “Rolling” is what BJJ students call sparring.  I did a bit of that, and I’m proud of my closed guard.  It’s really hard for people to escape out of it, but I’m still learning what to do, so I can’t really do anything else.

We went over their “clinch”, a sweep into a takedown, and then an ankle lock.  Goodness, that hold was scary.  The more I learn about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the more I start to fear it.  I’m beginning to understand just how dangerous the art is, and the magnitude of the damage you can cause using it.

That’s why I’ve gotta be careful and considerate of my training partners.  I know that they’re doing the same for me.

Gi: BadBoy
Rash Guard: Fuji

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2 thoughts on “SSB vs. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu #3

  1. Pingback: You need more than Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu | My Martial Arts School Online

  2. Jiu Jitsu is much much more difficult than kaatre which is probably why. Most “Dojos” allow you to get a black belt after 3-5 years. To get one in brazilian jiu jitsu it takes at least 8-10 but many people take 10-15. Plus from my experience (6+ years of kaatre and 3+ years of bjj) people put in a lot more work at bjj. Its also difficult because in kaatre you get promoted when you learn the forms needed to test. In bjj you get promoted when you can beat almost everyone at your current belt level and some of the people at the belt above you. So there are no shortcuts in jiu jitsu.If you go to a good bjj school they will teach self-defense, takedowns and some other rudimentary stand-up that will help you use your bjj in real world settings. I don’t want to sound like a kaatre hater because I think its great. Its especially great for kids because it teaches discipline and self-control while providing a really good work out. I also think bjj is very difficult to teach to children (probably 12ish is the earliest I think it can really be taught well). From my personal experience bjj is much more difficult and better suited to real life self-defense.References : 6+ years of kaatre and 3 years of bjj

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