As many of you know, I serve in a professional capacity as a professor. I am also an avid BJJ practicioner so my interests in academics and BJJ often merge. My first project was an exploratory study on Ground Fighting where I tried to get a sense of how many “real fights” actually go to the ground. My findings were published in Black Belt Magazine’s 2008 issue (September). You can review some of my findings here: Do Most Fights Go to the Ground?
Since last year (October 2008) I have been conducting a study on BJJ and other submission grapplers. I am studying people’s initial experience in the BJJ (or grappling) world as well as insights and other key experiences they wish to share. The response so far has been great. I have had all belt levels respond as well as practitioners from all over the world.
I am still looking for a lot more people to fill out the short questionnaire. If you are interested contact me (Bakari) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place BJJ Study in the subject line so I can give send it as quickly as possible.