Is there really a difference between Sport Jiu Jitsu and Street Jiu Jitsu?
Well, the short answer is: “yes, they are not the same thing”.
Or in the words of Rener Gracie (paraphrased from the video):
“If you think because you’ve trained in sports jiu jitsu for 4 years that “I’m street ready”… you’re delusional.”
According to the Rener and Ryron, all Jiu Jitsu as practiced by the Gracie family (and their close students) should have both elements… and in the video they discuss some reasons why this is not the case, such as: the school is focused solely on sports; the instructor chooses to withhold information; that the teacher just doesn’t know them etc.
So, what you are learning may not be transferable into a street fight. Because in a real fight, there are “strikes”…
And while there are a lot of misconceptions between sport BJJ and BJJ for the street, the main difference between the two, according to Rener, is the distance where the fight is fought.
They go on to say that:
“The man who manages the distance manages the damages that can be done.”
An example given in the video is the side control where Rener explains that the perfect safe hand positioning for a sports jiu jitsu match is “perfectly wrong” for a street fight. Because in a sports situation the person at the bottom is like to create space to escape, while the street is to have patience and keep the opponent close to your body.
Of course they go on to say why their Gracie Combatives curriculum is better than other programs… but having watched this video a few times, they make a lot of sense.
Have a look for yourself.
I’d be curious to hear your thoughts…
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