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I was reading a guy’s blog (http://e5media.com/archives/), detailing his Jiu-jitsu exploits, yesterday and it had a neat little video where a guy in a jiu-jitsu tournament tossed his opponent up into the air from an open guard, twisted him mid-flight and sunk in an armbar when he landed. I followed one of the links to the jiu-jitsu club, ACC, and they had more of the same type of fantastic movements.
While reading the November issue of Ultimate Grappling magazine last night I ran across an article where the author asserted that fancy Jiu-Jitsu moves will get you hurt in MMA. I don’t know if I agree. I have watched thousands of MMA fights (KOTC has at least 3 DVD sets with over 100 fights in each one and I have seen them all plus many other shows) and I have seen some pretty slick moves from MMA fighters.
I think that if you are sloppy and careless, flashy Jiu-jitsu or grappling moves can leave you with a loss on your record. However, if certain moves are applied at the proper moment and you have had positive results in practice with them, I think flashy moves can work.
For example, how many times have you seen someone get ‘Superman’ punched? That punch should never work, but it does…