How the BIGGEST Boxing Match of all time was WON using Jiu-Jitsu Part 2

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STAY SAFE

One of the main principles to understand in “Staying Safe” is how to effectively manage distance.  In fighting there is a very specific range that is needed to be effective with strikes, knowing this, one of the fundamental principles of Jiu-Jitsu is: Anytime we are fighting, we either want to be too far away or too close for our opponent to be able to do damage.

One of amazing skills that Maywether was able to employ to help him stay safe was his understanding of how to manage distance to neutralize danger.  After the fight Conor mentioned he had a very difficult time dealing with Mayweather who was constantly in his face fighting him at a range where he was not effective with his strikes.

This is the reason in Jiu-Jitsu, from the feet, we are always looking to safely get to the clinch where it's much harder to throw effective strikes.  Throughout the fight Mayweather and McGregor would clinch, throw ineffective...

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How the BIGGEST Boxing Match of all time was WON using Jiu-Jitsu Part 1

In August of 2017 the world got to witness one of the most incredible sporting events of all time.  A clash of superstars from 2 different combat sports met in a boxing ring in Las Vegas for what was arguably the biggest boxing event of all time.  Conor McGregor the 2 division champion in the UFC with impressive knockout wins over the 145lb champion Jose Aldo and the 155lb champion Eddie Alverez took on Floyd Mayweather Jr, the greatest boxer of this generation and arguably of all time.

This event was the most hyped sporting event of 2017.  Although many people did not give Conor McGregor a chance, never having fought a pro boxing fight before and fighting someone many consider one of the greatest of all time, he had a lot of factors to his advantage coming into the fight.  Conor was definitely the bigger, stronger and younger fighter.  Floyd was coming off a 2 year retirement and being 40 years old acknowledged that he was feeling the effects of his years...

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Can you be a complete martial artist only learning Jiu-Jitsu?

I remember one of my first exposures to Jiu-Jitsu was watching Royce Gracie fight in UFC 1 back in 1993 (a few months before that I had seen an old grainy vhs copy of a copy of Gracie in Action 1 and 2 so I knew who the Gracie family were and  who Royce was). 

 

All of the competitors in the event were decorated competitors in their respective martial art, skilled martial artists. 

 

The UFC back in those days was a tournament style, no weight limit, no time limit, bare knuckle fight.

 

The only rules were no biting, and no eye gouging. 

 

All else was allowed. 

 

In those days, the UFC really was "As Real As It Gets" except you had to fight 3 game opponents in one night to "win". 

 

Royce Gracie won the first event in under 5 minutes dispatching Art Jimmerson, Ken Shamrock and Gerard Gordeau barely taking a hit. 

 

After seeing the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in action again, I knew I had to figure out a...

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Rickson Gracie Movement Based Training

Movement based training seems to be all the rage now and its really nice to have such amazing athletes and martial artists like Conor McGregor and his coach Ido Portal bringing attention to it, but as you can see this type of light training to develop fluidity flexibility and strength in the body has been around for a while.

The beautiful thing about Jiu-Jitsu is there IS so much MOVEMENT in the expression and training of it.  Its a complete whole body workout as you all know.

There are not many other sports or arts that have movement from the feet: pushing, pulling, footwork, twisting, turning, bending, jumping, grabbing flipping, sitting

From your back: constant pushing and pulling with arms and legs, twisting, turning, standing sliding different parts of the body, rolling

From your butt: scooting, standing, rolling, pushing, pulling

From a crawling position: grabbing, jumping up, twisting, turning, pushing, pulling

From a kneeling position: sitting in balance while resisting...

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