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    To BJJ from Aikido

    I'm an aikidoka interested in cross-training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Has anyone on these boards made a similar transition?

    The reason BJJ caught my attention is its emphasis on resistance training and groundwork. No surprises there. I'm pretty fit; good cardio, got quads and hips to spare. What should I expect in the coming months? (e.g. common injuries I should look out for, similar techniques amongst the two systems, etc.)

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    No car. And Grey Hound gets there by 3:50.

    :sadmelvin:

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    Prepare to be tapped out over and over again, probably by someone half your size.

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    Carpool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Guess View Post
    Prepare to be tapped out over and over again, probably by someone half your size.
    I'm a 5'11, 126 lb. twig. I was under the impression that freakishly long and flexible was a plus in BJJ.

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Supreme View Post
    Carpool.
    Posted a request.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RumPIrate View Post
    I'm a 5'11, 126 lb. twig. I was under the impression that freakishly long and flexible was a plus in BJJ.
    It is. It's still going to happen.

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    As an Aikido man, I went to a BJJ seminar last August. It was awesome.

    All of the blending, flowing, and such that most Aikido people think is their USP was there aplenty in the BJJ. And that was just a one-off. If you enjoy Aikido, but want resistive training, you'll love it.

    There are some DVDs out too:

    http://www.budovideos.com/shop/custo...roductid=28634
    http://www.budovideos.com/shop/custo...roductid=27601

    Omega will probably punch me in the inter-cock for repeating this, but many people with experience of both say BJJ is like Aikido on the ground.
    Seemed true enough to me in terms of applied principles, if not quality of training method.

    I'm having a crack at MT now, but based on how much I enjoyed that seminar, I will be looking to swap that for BJJ in a couple of years.


    When life gives you lemons... BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!!

    "what's the best thing about aikido then?"
    "To be defeated by your enemies, to be driven by them from the field of battle, and to hear the lamentations of your women." ermghoti

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignorami View Post
    Omega will probably punch me in the inter-cock for repeating this, but many people with experience of both say BJJ is like Aikido on the ground.
    Whether this is true or not, I think it's only going to be aikido people who say this :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RumPIrate View Post
    I'm a 5'11, 126 lb. twig. I was under the impression that freakishly long and flexible was a plus in BJJ.


    Squats and milk. BJJ is fun. I came to it from Aikido, before mostly moving on to Judo. Prepared to be beaten over and again. Once you learn to play guard you'll have an easier time (guys like you like to/have to play guard).

    BJJ is like aikido on the ground. If aikido was technically sound and actually worked.

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