Thursday, February 16, 2012

Progress Part II

I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.
01 May 2007 @ 09:39 pm

Is this progress? When you roll with someone who is physically bigger and stronger but technically weaker, when you first rolled you were physically mauled but was not tapped and ended up finishing your opponent. Later on you rolled again, this time you positionally controlled him and had them in many near subs and racked up tons of points to eventually end up getting subbed yourself.

Is that progress? Which is better, to get dominated and win? Or to dominate then lose? Which is a better sign of progress and skill. I look at this and I think wow, this shows progress, and then I think, but then again I beat them last time...

A friend in BJJ told me that a submission expert is not better than a grappling expert. Frank Shamrock may know subs and may have even heel hooked Allen Goes, but he's not a better grappler than Goes when they fought in Pancrase. I guess some people have a puncher's chance, and some have a submission chance. But you can't train for that one KO punch and for that one submission.
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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