Well yes okay, if you’re gonna twist my arm I’ll admit it. Maybe I do view Ronda Rousey in a slightly different light to the other UFC Champs. Maybe it’s just a little bit to do with that cheeky grin of hers and possibly even might have a tiny bit to do with that body of hers, that she always seems so ready to utilise in various photo shoots, and market in ways male champions might find a little more challenging at the very least.But the particular attribute I’m really focused on this time, is that elite level Judo skill of hers. It was great watching her fight for more than her usual single round and great seeing her stay standing to bang with Meisha again and again. But the best thing, in my opinion, was watching how she rag dolled Meisha with the takedowns when she went for them. Even more, the way Ronda reversed Meisha’s takedowns repeatedly. This gif below (borrowed from “Art of Grappling” website, who have a great piece about this from a much more professional point of view than me), of Ronda reversing Meisha’s takedown by pulling an uchi mata was ultimately satisfying for me on a personal level. This is exactly the same as what happened to me when I rolled with “Judo Paul” a few weeks back (except I was on the right not the left like Meisha).
Ooow that looks painful to me!?
I’m probably gonna talk myself into trouble with this next bit, but as this is my BJJ blog I’ll assume I’m in similar minded company. Now I obviously believe Jiu Jitsu is the far superior ground fighting technique over Judo. Ok? agreed? So I’ll make another assumption and assume you agree.
(now here comes the bit I’m gonna get in trouble for)
But getting to the ground from that standing face off position, will often mean Judo has a distinct advantage in my experience. Look at the gif above and tell me how likely you would be to do much of anything after that, if it had happened to you, on the floor? Not the mats at training, not a sprung octagon ring, THE floor!. Even if you could do much, your oponent would have landed on you in side control and could do quite a bit too.
Now look, obviously both Judo and Jiu Jitsu have their own varied advantages and disadvantages, so I’m not saying one is “better” than the other. Far from it! I really don’t want shed loads of either practitioners, kicking my arse with either technique to prove the point. What I am saying, is that I think you would be a fool to ignore the advantages you could gain learning Judo as a supporting discipline while training Jiu Jitsu.
"Absorb what is useful, disguard what is not" Bruce Lee
With that in mind I am going to work on scheduling at least one Judo class a week into my training routine (God and Wife willing of course). What is there to lose by adding more to my goal of learning…….
(maybe it’ll help my chances with Ronda too?)