I can't speak for MMA, but I've had instructors that grappled with their eyes closed regularly, and they have no problems tooling people. The thing about ground grappling is that you always have body contact with your opponent, so you can feel pretty much every adjustment he makes. Very often, even for people with perfect sight, they don't react to things they see but rather things they feel.
Originally Posted by hpr
Without contacts, I am almost legally blind, and I grapple regularly without contacts because they're always getting knocked out by stray arms and crap. I can't see ****, but I can still function well with only a little bit of detriment to my ability compared to when I have contacts in.
It's something you'll have to try to believe, but as Alex said, grappling with vision problems is a ****-ton easier than striking with vision problems. Just get on the mat and see how it goes.
i roll with my eyes closed the majority of the time - protects them from the sweaty bastards i'm rolling with. vision is nearly a non-issue in bjj (particularly if you can still see techniques being demonstrated).
Okay. Thanks for the replies, guys. I was thinking about the contact (seeing vs. feeling) aspect earlier myself, but since I have almost no grappling experience I wasn't sure. Now, if only the elbow my sparring partner fucked up last night heals up before August I'm all set for trying out BJJ too.
Oh, and (Off-Topic) surprise surprise, last night we actually did randori and our sensei actually said out loud that "Belt ranks do not correspond to how good you are in randori. Only randori training makes you better at randori". I was kinda surprised, but not that much. He's a good teacher and seems to know his ****. No BBT-taijutsu(?) techniques were used in my sparring, cause I'm such a n00b ;) But I actually saw other people do it, and successfully.
I'm out right now (for like a fucking month) with a broken little finger from fucking up a double leg. It's pretty rare though, you might want to consider taping your fingers up if the idea bothers you intensely.
Originally Posted by Sophist
Alliance BJJ ( or actually Helsingin Ju-Jutsuklubi) is one of the best places to learn BJJ in finland. Fabio and Marcelo et all are all very competent BJJ black belts, great competitors and teachers, but alas, they will only hold a few seminars per year. But anyways HJJK is a great place to learn jits.
Originally Posted by hpr
But yeah, it's definately not the only place. There's also:
http://www.gbgym.com GB-Gym Helsinki
http://www.savate.com Savate Club Helsinki
and plenty of other places. Both GB-gym and HJJk are both very good gyms. The practioners from those two ( + from Tampereen Jujutsuseura) dominate the bjj circles in finland.
As you probably know, BJJ is still pretty small thing here, and we still have only one native black belt, Markku Juntunen, who lives and trains in Tampere. Not until few months ago, he was the only black belt here, but not long ago Savate Club got a black belt from brazil to teach them bjj. So I'm guessing that they are also decent.
Also, take a look at the list of gyms that are affiliated with the Finnish MMA federation (or whatever, I'm not sure how to translate the name.) Most, if not all, of the gyms teach bjj, atleast no-gi. http://www.vapaaottelu.fi/ -> Jäsenseurat.
You might actually want to check out Hokutoryu Jujutsu. It's bullshido free style, that practises on all three ranges of combat. It's a good, well rounded style.
It starts of slowly, though. There's propably only compliant drills in the first belt, but after that it starts to get off pretty quickly. IIRC, an MMA-like fight is a requirement for the third (or green) belt. That's probably the reason why aprox. 95% of all Hokytoryu Jujutsu practioners never get past the second belt.
The only bad thing about is that they won't hold regular competitions. They do spar every training session, but they get to fight only during testing for belts, wich is when these hard contact matches are fought.
You can't play the guitar while grappling, but you might get away with the bassoon.
Originally Posted by hpr
I close my eyes all the time to keep my contacts from getting messed up, or just because it feels more comfortable than worrying about a stray finger or sweat getting into my eyes.
I always close my eyes, cause BJJ is only gay if you make eye contact.
I wear double pirate patches just in case. Better safe than sorry. ;)
Thanks for the answer. I was pretty certain the Alliance BJJ was credible, but I just wanted to be certain. And that's the most likely candidate for me, it's easy to commute to and close to my work route :)
Originally Posted by ijay
Seems like grappling is the choice for half blind people. I must say I will have a definitive advantage without the prosthesis if my opponent is going to be gay about it and tries to make eye contact. It's pretty nasty when it's all flared up red after using the prosthesis for the whole day. Pirate eye patches have nothing on it ;)
Oh, and Virus.. don't tempt me. I just might go ahead and try grappling with a guitar. And if that's too easy, well, hell, there's always the harmonica.