UnderGround Forums How can BJJ become more spectator friendly?

1/26/13 5:22 PM
5/23/04
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This article brings up a good point

http://jitsmagazine.com/articles/entry/reasons-why-bjj-should-become-more-spectator-friendly
1/26/13 5:23 PM
5/23/04
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Crap, wrong forum! DELETE PLS
1/26/13 5:29 PM
1/1/01
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BJJ is a part of MMA, right forum
1/26/13 5:30 PM
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stalling calls?
1/26/13 5:34 PM
1/1/01
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Making rules to make a sport more spectator friendly is always catch 22.
1/26/13 5:35 PM
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Include strikes Phone Post
1/26/13 5:39 PM
1/1/01
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Depends on how big BJJ wants to get too
1/26/13 5:41 PM
9/27/10
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You can't, it's doesn't appeal to the masses. Just like why there isn't real pro wrestling

1/26/13 5:43 PM
10/30/03
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^ yup. it's just not that exciting to watch unless you train.

if girls did it in bikini's, then you would have something.
1/26/13 5:44 PM
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hmb - ^ yup. it's just not that exciting to watch unless you train.

if girls did it in bikini's, then you would have something.
This. Phone Post
1/26/13 5:47 PM
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Become sambo Phone Post
1/26/13 5:55 PM
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Special rules to get rid of the pajamas. Phone Post
1/26/13 5:58 PM
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Better understanding of scoring and rules for those of us who don't watch Phone Post
1/26/13 6:16 PM
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BJJ will become a spectator sport the day NCAA wrestling does.

It can't.

It won't.

If you did it, are doing it or just train; it's interesting to watch.

Otherwise it's lacking "action" for those watching and as a result can't suit their tastes.

Adapt BJJ to become more fan friendly and you may as well change everything and allow punching. Phone Post
1/26/13 6:23 PM
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The people who are watching BJJ are the only people that are ever going to watch.

Most people who watch are people who have something to do with the sport... either they train bjj or they are something to do with the business.
1/26/13 6:27 PM
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Whenever I see tech videos or bjj matches I always wish they would wear different colors.

It makes it much easier to see what's going on

1/26/13 9:11 PM
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Muzalini -  Better understanding of scoring and rules for those of us who don't watch Phone Post

Education is the key. I also like the idea of different coloured gis, sort of like with wrestling tournaments. In fact, someone who likes collegiate wrestling should also like BJJ if they've been educated.
1/26/13 9:14 PM
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Add strikes and get rid of the dry humping.

1/27/13 10:48 PM
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Submission only could help, no points no advantages, just finishes. There's been tons of these tournies happening here in SoCal recently, and people's friends and family have been less confused. It's not the only answer, but it's a fun format. Phone Post
1/28/13 12:53 AM
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Christ Crapped in My Fish and Chips - 

You can't, it's doesn't appeal to the masses. Just like why there isn't real pro wrestling

You couldn't be more wrong.

At one time Catch was the most popular sport in America and one of the most popular sports in the world. It was in many world games, at the Olympics, and many international events. Olympic wrestling is called "Amateur wrestling" because it is wrestling without submissions....which is professional wrestling. Fake pro wrestling sprouted from Catch. 

Amateur wrestling is popular the world over. Same with Judo. Both takedowns and submissions can appeal to the masses. It just needs some grassroots support, good marketing, and some personalities behind it.

 

1/28/13 3:36 AM
11/26/11
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NoGi, sub only Phone Post
1/28/13 3:46 AM
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Allow all subs at black belt level. -2 pts for pulling guard. Allow reaping.
1/28/13 5:24 AM
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Change it to Judo.
1/28/13 7:04 AM
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Idk........ but I train and love bjj more than any other sport and I can hardly watch it these days. Phone Post
1/28/13 7:13 AM
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Chasen - I've always wanted to compete in a grappling tournament with ground strikes

Eddie Bravo was working on a no-gi grappling with strikes league at some point last year.

sub only no-gi would help casual fans get into it if you were to not include strikes.