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lafe
4/11/2007 2:43pm,
Hello!

I'm Lafe, and I've been lurking here now for several weeks, getting annoying messages as a lurker. I've been training in judo for about the last 3 and a half years continuously, had a couple of years of judo way before then, and am now a brownbelt. I train at Boulder Judo Training Center, in Boulder, colorado(http://www.boulderjudo.org/) (http://www.boulderjudo.org/%29). I've also been doing BJJ for a little over a year at Amal Easton's place, also in Boulder (http://www.bjjboulder.com/adult/index.php) (http://www.bjjboulder.com/adult/index.php%29), and am still a lowly white belt. So I basically grapple 6 days a week and think grappling is awesome. In my younger days I messed around with some other martial arts, including some Chinese martial arts, TKD, and kali. I waste a fair amount of time on this site when I'm at work waiting for various machines to finish doing whatever they're doing, and I think it's fucking hilarious.

-lafe

KungFuBot
4/11/2007 2:44pm,
Welcome to Bullshido, the best Martial Arts forum on the entire Internet, lafe. Seriously, you won't regret your choice to join us. We're a great bunch of folks, except for Hannibal. And Sirc. And TaiGip. And MMA Kid. And... well, you get the point.

AMF
4/11/2007 2:44pm,
Welcome aboard.
Get used to sarcasm, gallows humor, smart ass remarks, and a
general irreverant attitude towards martial arts that don't practice aliveness.

jtkarate
4/11/2007 3:33pm,
Welcome..hope you have a thick skin, inbetween the wise ass remarks and bickering just about any of your questions can be answered.

Have fun.

Sushi-Boy
4/12/2007 7:05am,
Hi lafe,

Can you tell me how your Judo experience worked for you

when you started BJJ?

I have personally done a little Judo (no grade) and remember mainly

throwing techniques taught with some follow up choking/grappling.

I have always been curious as to if a Judo practioner would

have a solid base to transfer to BJJ?

lafe
4/12/2007 4:35pm,
Hi, Sushi-boy.

I'd say that having a judo background helped at first in that i had some experience with live training on the ground and had already seen the basic chokes and armbars, but after a few months that made little difference, since they train those techniques so more in BJJ. As far as stand up, even a few months of judo puts you way ahead of most beginner to intermediate BJJ people, but we almost never do standup in BJJ randori where I train. At this point in my BJJ developement, I'd say that the most important thing judo does for me is that I've trained in a lot of sneaky collar chokes that the BJJ guys aren't used to, but I think that's less about judo vs. BJJ than the fact that one of my judo senseis here is an expert in sneaky collar chokes and likes to drill us on them a lot.

In summary: my observation after training in both judo and BJJ for a while now is that a real badass in either will be good in both ground fighting and standup, but that the typical judoka will get schooled on the ground by even someone with 1 year of BJJ(me), and the typical BJJ guy will get schooled in standup by anyone with significant judo experience. I also think BJJ is a lot easier to learn than judo, and easier on the body. As far as having a solid base, I would say that my solid base in BJJ comes from taking the BJJ beginner class which our school has more than from anything I got in judo from before. I know that many BJJ schools do not have a beginner class, but having gone through it, I think it's essential, and if you want to train in BJJ it's worth finding a place with a solid intro class.

-lafe


Hi lafe,

Can you tell me how your Judo experience worked for you

when you started BJJ?

I have personally done a little Judo (no grade) and remember mainly

throwing techniques taught with some follow up choking/grappling.

I have always been curious as to if a Judo practioner would

have a solid base to transfer to BJJ?