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 email@example.com. Please place BJJ Study in the subject line so I can give send it as quickly as possible.
If you are a regular reader, then you know that I conducted a 3 month study on “street fights” and “ground fighting.” The results were published in the September 08 issue of Black Belt Magazine and was titled “Grounded in Reality.” (You can also read my analysis of the research here.)
I am now conducting research on people’s experiences in BJJ and other grappling arts. I believe that there are a lot of great stories out there and hope to explore in-depth why BJJ is so captivating. I have contacted some of you personally and have been very pleased with the responses you have provided.
This survey is open to all grapplers. So If you would like to participate in this brief survey (6 open-ended questions and 8 demographic questions, i.e, age, belt rank, etc.), so you can share your experience with others, I would be grateful to hear from you. Also, feel free to share this information with others.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please place BJJ Study in the Subject Line so I can give it prompt attention and send you a survey.