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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Why BJJ Techniques For Submission Are Always Used in MMA Competitions!

Why BJJ Techniques For Submission Are Always Used in MMA Competitions!

When you watch major mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), you will notice that there are a few kinds of fighters; for example, those who prefer striking (punches, kicks), those who love takedowns and those who are submission grapplers.

Today I will be talking about the last category - those guys who love to take the fight to the ground and pin you there. And what better martial art to mention here than Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

A bit of history here - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was originally derived from kodokan judo, which was brought to brazil by a famous Judoka named Mitsuyo Maeda. Maeda taught a wealthy brazilian named Carlos Gracie, who along with his brother Helio Gracie, refined and perfected the art to what we know as modern BJJ today.

Now, if you have been following the earlier UFC matches, BJJ took the mixed martial arts world by storm when a Gracie descendant, Royce Gracie defeated heaps of opponents who were much stronger and mostly from backgrounds involving striking arts.

There were many other BJJ practitioners who also clocked amazing wins over much bigger and stronger opponents....why is this so?

There were a few reasons for such amazing wins, some of them being:

-BJJ is an extremely technical grappling art that possesses joint locks and chokes in its arsenal that many martial arts focused on striking do not have.

-Strikers and boxers are sometimes not familiar in anti-takedown moves, or moves that deal with grappling arts. Therefore they tend to underestimate their opponent or have no knowledge of how to break free from such techniques. And the minute a striker hits the ground with a BJJ opponent, he's in deep, deep trouble.

-BJJ practitioners are protected by some rules such as no strikes and kicks to opponents who hit the ground, no strikes or elbows to the back of the head etc. However, this would apply to strikers who hit the ground as well.

Of course, nowadays most strikers involved in huge MMA competitions have training in BJJ or some other form of grappling art to break free or turn the tables on their opponent. Still Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a fearsome grappling art that loads of martial artists train in as you never know when you might confront someone who could choke the living daylights out of you.

Gabriel Huang is an amateur Mixed Martial Arts practitioner who has years of training in brazilian jujitsu, boxing and Jeet Kune Do. He co-owns an online shop with a fellow martial artist producing a wide range of martial arts gear and apparel at

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