The past 3 weeks has been a rocky moment for the BJJ community. From rape allegations to ethic/moral beliefs it clear that this is a sad and intriguing moment for everyone involved in BJJ. Emotions have definitely erupted over the past weeks causing a serious separation in two classes almost like a religious war –lol- which pits the proud 97%ers against the almighty 3%ers.
For those that don’t know what these #’s mean let me give you a brief synopsis. (don’t worry I will be unbiased)
3%er- is one that strives to reach his highest potential at all cost. In our world it is those competitors who aspire to be world champions with no other obligations but toward himself and his ascension in the ranks.
97%er- a person who isn’t concerned with glory or gold medals but more centered toward personal growth. They carry a strong since of “martial art values” which upholds the standards of those who love the martial arts, and train to build strong Character, for Sport and to develop skill and awareness for Self-defense.
One of the first instructionals that I ever watched was Ryan Hall’s The Triangle. This DVD set was recommended to me by pretty much everyone I knew and after watching I can understand why. Ryan goes over the Triangle as not only a submission but also as a position from which to work on sweeps and other ways of finishing your opponent. To give you an idea of depth that Ryan goes into while covering this topic, the set contains 3 DVDs and has over 4 hours of instruction. This level of detail can be found in all of Ryan’s DVDs is something that you’re not likely to come across while watching other instructionals. I’m not going to get too in-depth on the review as there are numerous ones out there such as here and here but I do want to share a bird-eye view of what you can find in the set and tell you that this DVD set will help anyone at any level.
The maps (flowcharts) below are intended as a study aid and will never replace the DVDs or hands on instruction. They're just my way of taking notes and IMO look pretty cool too :-)
Hall Uses Jiu-Jitsu to Subdue Person Threatening Him
A video is making the rounds on Youtube and Facebook regarding an incident with Brazilian Jiu-Jijtsu Black Belt, Ryan Hall, and an aggrevated man threatening him repeatedly at a restarant in New Jersey after a Grappler's Quest tournament. Hall is slight by comparison to the man, and the aggresor's freind even interjects. It's an interesting scenario as the man appears to be under the influence and looking for a fight.
Hall does let the man have his say about anything and everything while his friend tries to subdue his anger. When a brief set of exchanges occur as the man is in Hall's face, within inches, Hall acts accordingly by driving him to the ground with a double leg takedown. Then mounting him which puts the agressor now in a very controllable state. Later, Hall has to act again and subdue the man putting him to sleep as the police arrive out in the street.
This scenario does raise serious questions regarding the use of force, practicality of jiu-jitsu as a sport vs self-defense, the responsibilites of black belts - people of knowledge and how law enforcement/the law recognize the use of this force. Ryan Hall, did the most appropriate level of action. It was imperitive he acted due to the threatening nature of the agressor, his posture, and distance. Given his previous actions it would have been irresponsible not to act and he used the appropriate amount of force to subdue the man.
Mendes, Hall, and Corinha take the Mat at the ADCC
ADCC are off to a great start with the 66KG weight class.
In an uneventful match, Justin Radar won over Timo-Juhani Hiryikangas.
Rafael Mendes and Bruno Frazatto faced each other on the mat. Off the mat as training partners they proved just as good for a match up. Inevitably the 50/50 appeared with rampant footlocks, Mendes comes out on top with back control in points.