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Whats the point? That we all should look down on everything besides bjj and the gracies are awesome no matter what?
paranoidandroid wrote:Whats the point? That we all should look down on everything besides bjj and the gracies are awesome no matter what?
kshurika wrote:paranoidandroid wrote:Whats the point? That we all should look down on everything besides bjj and the gracies are awesome no matter what?
You know the point. Stand-up, striking arts aren't the whole thing. No one art is the whole thing (including BJJ and especially taiji). BJJ people tend to be very, very well-conditioned - which is absolutely essential to being a good fighter. Many IMA people, on the other hand, can be flimsy little flowers who delude themselves that their open meridians and pre-birth yang qi will win the day.
Someone good at several IMA could beat a BJJ person with well-trained fighting skills (something you don't find a lot of in IMA). Once an IMA guy's on his back, though, it's a whole new ball game. That's why Rickson will always beat Minnie Pearl. (I didn't want to get Jonathan and DGlenn upset again.)
D_Glenn wrote:Everybody is all Gracie this, Gracie that... the real shit is the Fadda family.
Fadda will always beat Gracie!
My YSB friend actually got to meet Oswaldo Fadda back in 2000. Said he was the BJJ equivalent of Xie PQ.
The same lifetimes of practicing martial arts produced the same subtle level of skill and despite being 80 at the time they both still had the ability to take on men much younger then themselves.
Dmitri wrote:To bring this amazing thread to the obvious logical conclusion, I suggest that all bodyguards should dress and act like Minnie Pearl, instead of crossing their arms, in order to better blend in and avoid restricting their breath. Alternatively, Shimon Peres could hire the Gracie family members for bodyguards, since their arm-crossing technique appears to be in accord with the pre-natal prana of Gaia.
*edit* P.S. correction -- the Gracies, if hired, would actually not be standing up, but be on their backs on the ground, 'cause that's what their art is all about. Which would make it a bit harder to blend in and to properly observe the surroundings... Hmmm.... Back to the drawing board!
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