going into collegiate wrestling, best to just forget submission grappling?
(Great choke. Great way to get pinned, also.)
So, I guess I'll open up my very first Bullshido post with a quick story about how I got my arse kicked.
Pretty much, I've been conducting ethnographic research on "ground fighter" identity for a while. While I've mainly conducted this research in the context of MMA-esque submission grappling, I recently decided to hit up a collegiate wrestling practice. I tried to translate some of my submission grappling skills, and it didn't go very well. Like, at all. For more on that, check out, http://ashkuff.com/akaBlog/?p=4868. (P.S. Leave a comment over there, dammit. Even stupid comments look good to my sponsors. LOL.)
Obviously, this was my mistake. In ethnographic anthropology, we're encouraged to disregard all prior knowledge and assumptions when studying a new culture. We're supposed to approach it like a very young child. So, ACADEMICALLY speaking, trying to adapt techniques was a bad idea.
So here's what I wanted to ask. ATHLETICALLY speaking, should a submission grappler approach collegiate wrestling as a blank slate? Or should he try to adapt moves? Or something else altogether?
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