Expand Your Wrestling Game with BJJ!
Transitioning from wrestling to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
Often times, people who have a wrestling background find the transition to BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) somewhat easy. A key aspect that holds true to both Brazilian jiu jitsu and professional wrestling athletes is the time they have spent on the mat. Growing up, wrestlers had the advantage over people who did not wrestle or train in Brazilian jiu jitsu because they had countless hours on the mat along with the experience of wrestling tournaments. To be able to go out there in front of many people and perform to the best of your ability is extremely hard for people to do.
BUT for wrestlers it’s just another day on the mats. If you go to any grappling tournament and watch some of the no-gi matches, you can see the people with wrestling experience are calm, cool and collective. Whereas someone with little or no wrestling experience may have a million thoughts running through their head right before it is time to perform.
One aspect of wrestling that does not translate well to Brazilian jiu jitsu is the concept of fighting off of your back. Gracie Brazilian jiu jitsu centers on the concept of fighting off your back comfortably whereas wrestlers are taught not to go to their back. We see it in mma all the time where one person is on their back and has to fight to stand back up or be able to attack/defend from their back. Wrestlers are taught that when their back is to the mat, it is a pin and they lose. BUT the infamous Gracie family developed this style of fighting that proves that being on your back is not always a bad thing—in fact some people prefer it.
Although most people see the guard position (when you are on your back and have both legs wrapped around opponent) as a defensive position that nullifies your opponent’s attacks, many people have learned to use it to reverse the position OR even attack from there. So whether you have wrestling experience or not, come down to Team Renzo Gracie in Denville, New Jersey and let Renzo Gracie black belt George Sernack and his expert staff assist you in becoming a top notch grappler! Call 973-625-9444 or go to www.rwmma.com