View Poll Results: How do you learn BJJ?

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  • Continued instruction (at least six months) under a BJJ black belt.

    58 28.29%
  • ... a brown belt.

    35 17.07%
  • ... a purple belt.

    33 16.10%
  • ... a blue belt.

    15 7.32%
  • ... a white belt.

    3 1.46%
  • Attending BJJ seminars.

    0 0%
  • Sparring with BJJ players.

    14 6.83%
  • Watching instructional videos or MMA events.

    9 4.39%
  • Reading books, websites or martial arts forums.

    12 5.85%
  • Other (explain below or die).

    26 12.68%
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  1. #1

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    How do you learn BJJ?

    READ CLARIFICATION OF OPTIONS BEFORE VOTING.

    When I say "at least 6 months", I don't mean one class in January and another in June. I'm talking about training AT LEAST once a week for 6 months.

    If you are learning under someone ranked BJJ but not at a BJJ academy, please post and explain your situation. For example, you train under a blue belt at a college club, or you get together with a purple belt who wanted another sparring partner.

    If you learn from sparring with BJJ players, please explain who they are, what experience they have and where and why you spar with them. For example, a blue belt cross-trains at your judo school three times a week so you spar with him newaza and try to figure out what he is doing and ask questions afterwards.

    If you have mostly attended seminars, please post who lead them, what they covered, how long they ran, when you attended them, etc.

    If you learn from something other than live instruction (books, DVDs, forums, etc.) please post to explain how you put this knowledge to use, i.e. drilling, sparring, who you do this with, and how often and under what conditions you do it.

    If you learn mostly from books and DVDs, and go to a BJJ school occassionally, you should pick the books and DVDs option. The same is true for any option that doesn't include live instruction. Be sure to post and explain your situation though.

    All of these options are rather broad, so please post in this thread to explain your choice.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Oh, I thought this was a joke thread. Minus one vote from Reading books etc.

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    I'll reply to my own poll to set a good example.

    I have trained at Gracie Barra Tampa under black belt Eduardo de Lima since May 2004, and have averaged 4-5 classes per week.

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    Closing in on 2 years under a brown belt/purple belts. The head instructor is a brown belt, but he doesn't teach all the classes, alot of it is taught by purple instructors. Also I have done alot of free sparring with other schools, attended at least 7 or 8 seminars under a 2nd degree BB Luiz Gonclaves and 1 seminar by BB/pro MMA fighter Jorge Gurgel.

    Edit : I generally make 2-3 classes/sparring sessions per week. Plus one night of Judo.
    Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch?

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Among other things, I'm a Judo player, as most of you know..

    I roll with BJJ peeps. I'm not so arrogant as to distort and delude the practical implications of this. It's true that after doing so - I have a deeper understanding of BJJ than a non-BJJ'er, or a non-grappler *insofar as learning Judoesque ways to deal with typical BJJ techs/strats*

    To the untrained eye - my ground grappling style would appear to be rather similar to BJJ, though in truth - it is little more that those aspects of BJJ which are expressed in the Judo curriculum. (which, by the way - is actually a substantial cross-section)

    The strength of my method is that I can take a judo sub, and arrive at it via BJJ means, as all-around the BJJ means is a bit smoother, and less clunky than the Judo one. The weakness - is that I really can't effectively express BJJ subs that are NOT included in Judo.

    Wanna see an Armbar, Triangle choke or RNC?
    No problem..

    Wanna see the rubber guard exploits or an Uma-plata?
    Forget it.

    The BJJ that I practice stands for "Basically Just Judo".

  6. #6

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    Just so everyone knows, if you vote without explaining in a post too, I'm going to hunt you down and rip the details out of your innards.

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    I train under an SBGi Purple belt (Karl Tanswell)
    between 1 and 5 hours per week. Currently hitting the higher end more regularly.
    Last edited by SamHarber; 2/11/2005 8:22pm at .
    Taking responsibility for my actions since 1989

  8. #8
    Yes Koto got his name changed, quit asking... supporting member
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    I use my d34dly kung fu skills to avoid the takedown.

    As for grappling overall, most of the time I just roll with buddies of mine, though most don't do BJJ. The majority are sub wrestlers, judoka, high school/collegiate wrestlers, or something similar.

    Edit: and so all you BJJ nutriders quit neg-repping me, yes, one of them is a BJJ practitioner who I learn off of.
    Last edited by VikingPower; 2/12/2005 9:33am at .

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I take it that you mean I voted in the correct way?

    Once again - for the record:

    KungFuColin has teh correct

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    Damit you beat me to it.
    Yeah. Do judo and visit BJJ places to roll under BJJ rules.

    Tomas


    Quote Originally Posted by Colin
    Among other things, I'm a Judo player, as most of you know..

    I roll with BJJ peeps. I'm not so arrogant as to distort and delude the practical implications of this. It's true that after doing so - I have a deeper understanding of BJJ than a non-BJJ'er, or a non-grappler *insofar as learning Judoesque ways to deal with typical BJJ techs/strats*

    To the untrained eye - my ground grappling style would appear to be rather similar to BJJ, though in truth - it is little more that those aspects of BJJ which are expressed in the Judo curriculum. (which, by the way - is actually a substantial cross-section)

    The strength of my method is that I can take a judo sub, and arrive at it via BJJ means, as all-around the BJJ means is a bit smoother, and less clunky than the Judo one. The weakness - is that I really can't effectively express BJJ subs that are NOT included in Judo.

    Wanna see an Armbar, Triangle choke or RNC?
    No problem..

    Wanna see the rubber guard exploits or an Uma-plata?
    Forget it.

    The BJJ that I practice stands for "Basically Just Judo".
    Current stage of death: denial

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