Saturday, February 25, 2006

Don Nguyen: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Don Nguyen: Brazillian Jiu Jitsu: "Many martial arts claim that they are able to subdue larger and stronger opponents through the use of superior technique. Very few have had to prove their claims against aggressive opponents seeking to inflict maximum damage. Gracie proved his victory was no fluke by returning to win UFC 2 and UFC 4. He has never been defeated at a UFC tournament. His stunning victories were in part responsible for the proliferation of his style, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Due to his stunning victories, BJJ developed a certain mystique and many were hailing it is an unbeatable style.
Unfortunately these claims were premature. Strikers became more aware of the skills required to combat their grappling counterparts. They realised that in order to become well-rounded fighters, they needed to broaden their skillset and learn how to fight on the ground. Similarly, grapplers were painfully aware of how vulnerable they were on their feet. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners started to be defeated by ground-aware strikers who were able to deliver punches, kicks, knees and elbows with devastating accuracy."

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