In 2009 I started training bjj. I was promoted to blue belt in like 6 months. I can tell you this. I'm no prodigy at grappling and to be blunt I pretty much suck a fat cock at it. So I never felt like I earned or deserved that blue belt. Shortly thereafter I quit training
Fast forward to this about June of this year. I walk into a new gym wearing a white belt, tell them I have a "few months" of training and never mention having previously been a blue belt. And sure enough the blue belts are all kicking my ass up and down the matts.
Point is, if I show up as a white belt to a comp and I win then my old gym accuses me of sandbagging. Now personally I would not care what they call me but I won't have them leveling those accusations at my gym/coach. Particularly since it would blindside my coach as I never said **** to him about a blue belt.
I fully understand. Remind me to tell you about the tournament everybody accused me of sandbagging.
After around 5 years following the forum from the outside, after once hating you but later thanking you for opening y eyes to a realistic approach to martial arts, I'm glad to be finally able to join this conversations.
One thing I would like to ask to Omega, Serge, and other experienced samboists here:
Cn you link me to any reliable sambo materials (dvd's, books) that deal with work from the back/ guard work and positional grappling on the ground other than Sonnon's Saddle? I'm planing to join a Sambo club next door in my country, but the guys there are staunchly old fashioned in the sense that they disgregard positional grappling in favor of the classical fast work of Sambo comps. On one side, I could crosstrain in BJJ, but my wallet can't deal with two martial arts fees, my weekly schedule is very tight...and my inner grapplig nerd is ansious to know how pure Sambo was able to evolve in order to incorporate possitional ground grappling and guard work without having to incorporate BJJ into it's arsenal.
Vladislav Koulikov has a pure Sambo series, which is excellent.
He also has an excellent no gi series of Sambo-BJJ-Wrestling Fusion.
And, he has several leglock series, all of which are excellent.
I am not a Sambo competitor, but as a long time Wrestler, Judo, and BJJ practitioner, I can say that Vlad knows his business, and adds value to any grappling room that he is in.
Vladislav Koulikov is the best sambist with a series in english I have been able to find. http://youtu.be/h3KJ_Z4nhKQ
Kashiwazaki Is a Judo Gold medalist, a world sambo champ and one of the best to ever put on a Gi. http://youtu.be/Htm2UDhEC_Y
Kashiwazaki doesn't seem to speak English. His stuff may be hard for low level grapplers to follow.
Honestly you should just learn bjj from the Bjj guys though.
Saulo Riberio Jiu-Jitsu revolution. Is one of the best videos ever made. http://youtu.be/15tOO5R5QVo