BJJ will work in MMA if you train BJJ for MMA, as proven by champs like Frank Mir who will be doing a seminar at Fighting Fit Manchester.
Even if you are not interested in learning BJJ for MMA or in MMA itself, it would be of interest to learn how and why many of the techniques were originally created the way they were.
Gracie Jiu Jitsu has it's roots in No Holds Barred (also known as Vale Tudo) and after many years of trying to get armbars and triangles from closed guard, I got disillusioned with them. No one was giving me the right feed for them. No one I rolled with was putting their arms and neck in a position that would facilitate armbars or triangles.
The first time I watched Rener and Ryron deminstrate entries to these techniques against an unskilled (in BJJ) opponent trying to punch your face in from inside your guard, something clicked in my head. If your opponent is savvy to BJJ, they will not punch your face haphazardly inside your guard so you need to set things up with BJJ set-ups, fakes and transitions. BJJ works wonderfully in MMA, you do however need to put some gloves on and train intelligently with a strikinig opponent.
Bringing me nicely to the last weekend of July. Fighting Fit Manchester are hosting a Frank Mir Seminar, sponsored by the socially aware LUTA Fightwear, an awesome company with a great cause. Frank Mir is a former UFC heavyweight champion and a BJJ black belt. If you are in Manchester, the UK or even Europe, this is a great seminar to attend.
See you all on the mats at Fighting Fit Manchester for the Frank Mir Seminar.
Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi ----
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