When it comes to BJJ, you might wonder if it is now not relevant as a fighting form since MMA fighters have learned how to counter it. This is a valid question and deserves a response. In the following article, we will explore the answer to this question.
Some people are quick to write off jiu jitsu and Brazilain jiu jutsu and just conclude that martial arts are now obsolete. They say that the moves such as the worm guard, 50:50, butt scooting, and berimbolos from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu cannot cross over into MMA. They also say that you can take down people much quicker with MMA than with BJJ.
BJJ on MMA
However, others argue that if there’s been an entire movement built on countering something, it cannot be irrelevant. In fact, if MMA fighters put so much time into taking down BJJ opponents, then Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu must have relevance. The truth is, MMA is just more dominant as a fighting style now than Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
BJJ, with its rich tradition from Japanese Judo, is certainly worth preserving. It is as much of an art form as a skill. Brazilian jiu jutsu is said to be one of the most difficult sports to master. However, if you want to get into a cage and just use pure BJJ, you may not win. There’s value into bringing some MMA techniques into the ring as well.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches a lot about guarding and counter-attacking. This is important in a ring, especially if you are not a top fighter. You want to use BJJ to try to force your opponent. You should not get into positions where you must concede. In this arena, BJJ has a lot of techniques that still have relevancy in martial arts.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the building block of MMA. Most MMA fighters still study BJJ to learn the moves. Both sports have equal value even though MMA is gaining advantages that BJJ fighters should also study.