Saturday, May 1, 2010

Choke by Rickson Gracie

I just re-watched Choke, the Rickson Gracie documentary for the first time in years. Probably my first time since I've been a purple. This time around I saw things I had never noticed before. From how he bridges Helio over from being mounted, to how he takes the Japanese wrestler's back from a front headlock, to how he passes the blind dude's guard, and how he eventually mounts.

He doesn't do anything quickly, he doesn't explode into anything. He is just very balanced, patient, no wasted movement, and once he gets something he keeps it. When I first saw it I was like, man his jiu jitsu is ugly. But now I realize, good jiu jitsu, real jiu jitsu is supposed to be ugly. It's supposed to be ugly, slow, methodical, smashing, basic, and highly effective. No rolling omaplatas, no diving for leg locks. Nothing fancy. Like in boxing, a good jab throughout a whole fight may be ugly to watch but its effective.

I don't want to be explosive, I don't want to be strong, I just want to have a slow ugly jiu jitsu game.


  1. What about how Cobrinha rolls? What do you say about his game?

  2. Cobrinha sucks balls



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