Rants on the Gracie’s
Royce vs Kazushi (Winner Royce by Decision) (Gracie tested positive for anabolic steroids after match.)
When I heard about BJJ, I didn’t know what was the difference between Jujitsu or Judo, because to me it was just another grappling art. But when I looked deeply into BJJ on Youtube videos, I was shocked to see that other arts were being dominated by BJJ. Then I discovered about the Gracie Academy and how they developed the art, how they founded the UFC, and how arrogant and cocky they are, which makes me hate this art with a passion. Once you watch this video below, just listen carefully how arrogrant they are in each fight.
After see many documentaries of the Gracie’s history, I realize that the Gracie family credits Helio Gracie for developing the style BJJ, but I believe that Mitsuyo Maeda should be credited instead of Helio because without Maeda there would be no BJJ. I have examining BJJ for a while and to me it’s just another copied art from Japanese Judo, but BJJ’s main focus is always fighting to the ground. All those moves that you see in BJJ are just the same as Judo or Jujitsu when you do newaza (ground techniques).
Viewing their Youtube videos almost made me believe that this art defeats all other styles of martial arts. If you look carefully at their videos, you can see that they challenge many martial artists from different discipline, and they are all beaten easily. But did you notice that they challenged and defeated bunch of nobodies? They only fought people who were weaker than them and had no knowledge of grappling whatsoever. I have read that they tried to challenge a famous martial artist name “Benny the Jet”, Benny pretended he had no idea who were the Gracie were, and accepted the challenge but in the end it never took place. Why? Because the Gracie family found out that Benny the Jet, was a knowledgeable grappler trained by the famous Judo instructor Gene LeBell who was also challenged by the Gracie family, but again the fight never took place. The way I see it is that the Gracie Family only challenges a bunch of amateur fighters to promote their art to make people believe that their style is better than any art out there. They prefer not to lose face toward opponents that are better than them in fighting.
Benny the Jet
Gene LeBell “Thee Grappler”
Even though BJJ may seem that the art itself is unstoppable, the art itself has its flaws and weaknesses just like any other martial art out there. BJJ itself is only good for ring matches and one on one fights because it’s not made for multiple fights, weapon fights, and people who fight dirty like for example: biting, eye gouging, groin hits, fish hooks etc. There are ways to get out of joint locks and choke holds, but that all depends on you as the practitioner.
Matt Hughes defeats Royce Gracie
If you listen to how they talk about their art, you can see that they can be very arrogant and cocky about their style. You can also look up their defeats and steroid scandal in how they got the name from Gracie to Dis- Gracie. As I looked up their documentaries in how they challenge Kimura (Judo Champion), they can’t show any humbleness in their defeat making excuses that they could have won the fight if they were at the same weight class, or how Rickson Gracie disputed about his loss against Ron Tripp because he didn’t understand the rules. After Royce Gracie lost against Matt Hughes, for some crazy reason decided to take steroids for his next fight against Kazushi Sakuraba (The Gracie Hunter). The Gracie family may look unstoppable, but they can be defeated, it all depends how well you train, not what art or style that you have learned.
After Ranting about BJJ, would I learn it? At this moment right now, I am learning Judo already and still a yellow belt. Sometimes I feel that it is not entirely necessary for me to learn BJJ because they have the same rules and traditions that they still hold for many centuries. Plus, I dislike wrestling on the ground because of some of the strange positions that you are in makes me feel a bit uncomfortable in my opinion. But hey… who says a fight is suppose to be comfortable right? If I were to learn BJJ, I would probably learn it from the Machado family instead of the Gracie family, because they seem more humble to the art even though their family is related to the Gracie family. So if you decide to fight in the UFC, then you must learn BJJ because every other famous fighter out there is taking the advantage out there to learn and counter the art even though they are practitioners from different styles. Even though I hate the art myself, part of me still feels that it is important to learn how to fight on the ground and not limit yourself to just one art or style.