8/02/2005 12:43pm, #1
- Join Date
- Jul 2005
Can "smaller" builds do BJJ? Do I have to bench 400?
Thinking seriously of taking BJJ. No MA experience. Looking at web sites and pictures, it appears that everyone is very buff, probably benching 350-400. I am not this strong, probably never will be. Long and lanky. Anyway, my question is this: have you seen people who are only moderately strong be competative in BJJ, or is strength a big issue? The instructor tells me (over the phone, I haven't gone to the class yet) that BJJ is more about tactics and form than strength. Is he blowing smoke up my ars? I have a friend that has been doing BJJ for a few years and he is an animal, but he has always been that way. He says that after a workout he is exhausted from using so much muscle. I know I will get stonger doing the workouts, but am I looking forward to a career of butt-kickings from all the bigger dudes? Muscle vs. Technique? What do you think?
8/02/2005 12:49pm, #2
BJJ Black Belt
176 Lbs (back in the day...No idea what it is now)
Beat Dan Severn (Definately benching 400+)
Kimo Leopoldo (See Above)
Keith Hackney (Big dude)
Ken Shamrock (See Severn)
And damn near anyone else who got in front of him. Tecnique uber allis!And lo, Kano looked down upon the field and saw the multitudes. Amongst them were the disciples of Uesheba who were greatly vexed at his sayings. And Kano spake: "Do not be concerned with the mote in thy neighbor's eye, when verily thou hast a massive stick in thine ass".
--Scrolls of Bujutsu: Chapter 5 vs 10-14.
8/02/2005 12:50pm, #3
8/02/2005 12:50pm, #4
No your instructor is not blowing "smoke" up your arse. Just take it, you'll be fine. Plenty of small or little guys and ladies take BJJ and do just fine. If you're worried about never beating giant guys who weigh 350 pounds and BP 600 pounds that's pretty ridiculous.
8/02/2005 12:52pm, #5
The best blue belt I know is a 125 pound girl. And yes, she can take out guys much, much bigger than her.
I, myself, have tapped males upwards of 100 pounds heavier than I am.Monkey Ninjas! Attack!
8/02/2005 12:54pm, #6
Don't listen to them. Only two-hundred foot tall lava giants can have any luck at BJJ.
8/02/2005 12:57pm, #7
- Join Date
- Aug 2004
- Stockholm, Sweden
I've beaten a guy who weighs 120kg, multiple times. I am around 80kg. That said, a blue belt at my old club, who is under 60kg, toyed with me. Like in all physical activities, strength is an advantage, but it plays less of a role in BJJ than many people expect.I pointed at him [the panhandler], bringing my rear hand up in a subtle approximation of the double Wu Sau guard that is the default hand position in Wing Chun Kung Fu.
"Step away," I hissed.
8/02/2005 12:59pm, #8
8/02/2005 1:11pm, #9
- Join Date
- Jul 2005
As a very tall person I actually find BJJ more difficult; I think smaller builds have a mobility advantage.
8/02/2005 1:20pm, #10
I'm one of the smaller ones at my gym. It's not a problem once your technique gets good. At first you try to muscle(every new guy does), but once you rely on technique it gets easier. JKDChick is right too, we have a female purple belt, I've seen her tap very large guys many times. It does suck though when someone is much larger and more skilled than you.