Posted On:7/19/2004 11:36am
Posted On:7/19/2004 11:58am
Style: Muay Thai & BJJ
Retired from active fighting to pursue being the best BJJ instructor in the US.
Originally Posted by Sifu Rudy Abel
"Just what makes a pure grappler think he can survive with an experienced striker. Especially if that striker isn't following any particular rule set and is well aware of what the grapplers strategies are".
Posted On:7/19/2004 12:05pm
Style: Chinese Boxing
Originally posted by infidel
"I come from the ESP school of ambiguity"
Moving this to Combat discussion.
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Posted On:7/19/2004 2:27pm
Style: BJJ, Karate,
He just fought in Pride and he looked good but not great. He looked ALOT smaller than I've seen him before. I couldnt believe it was the same person.
The guy is great at BJJ and he's produced some really good students from his school like, Danny Ives, but maybe competing at that level just isn't his thing. His performances seem to be just slightly sub-Pride level.
"All warfare is based on deception." -Sun Tzu, ca. 400BC
Reverse punch Kiaii!!!
Posted On:7/19/2004 2:37pm
i'm confused over his final points in this interview...
Posted On:7/20/2004 10:47am
I actually liked what he said in the last part of his interview. He sounded like he takes his job as a teacher very seriously and wants to make his students the best they can be regardless if they're "fighters" or not. Thats the mark of a good instructor.
Too many schools want only fighters. Thats because they really dont know how to teach at all. Teaching in the MA community is terrible lately. Anyone whyo fights thinks they can teach. Hell even Phil "The New York Dickhead" Baroni had a few students.
Posted On:7/20/2004 2:17pm
oh ok, i thought he was saying that fighting was not the point of learning martial arts.
Posted On:7/21/2004 4:15pm
My instructor isone of Ricardo's eldest students. He was called with the news a day or two before the "word got out". He theorizes that Almeida might've quit because his second child was just born, and considering the slams in the past Pride GP, figuired MMA fights werent worth jeopardizing his family and his ability to teach BJJ to others. I guess I can't complain about him focusing on teaching. This only means he'll have more to give to my teacher, who in turn will pass it on to me. Still, would've been cool to see the guy in action. Especially at the height of his MMA career :( .
Posted On:7/22/2004 10:38pm
He always seemed to nice a guy for MMA.I don't fault him for poting out.But I question his reasoning.His BJJ icons became icons through defending BJJ in MMA.Not by winning mundial.
Posted On:7/23/2004 12:27am
I have a feeling (or hope perhaps) he'll ultimately come around.
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