Vinny Magalhaes: BJJ is now weird and pussified

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mixed martial arts was born from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but since the debut of the UFC in 1993, BJJ has undergone major changes. The great Carlson Gracie, Sr. invented the points system, to reward aspects of a match that are valuable in a self defense of Vale Tudo fight.

However, the tail is now wagging the dog. Guard and even Half Guard pulling is ubiquitous, and takedowns are not. Wrestling extends back deep into our DNA, to before we were human. Takedowns are a central aspect of human competition since time immemorial. A race to see who can flop to their back first is something new. 

Former ADCC and Mundial champion, and current MMA fighter Vinny Magalhaes is not impressed.

“Can’t hate the players but the game… Sport BJJ has become a really weird game with pussified rules,” began Magalhaes on Facebook.

“IBJJF won’t allow a huge variety of leg locks at any level (including at Black Belt), but they have this thing called leg reaping that’s illegal (for whatever reason), slamming your way out of a submission is also illegal, but they still allow people to drag their butts on the mat like dogs do after they’re done taking a s—…

“Sport BJJ at its top level has nowadays a handful of guys that can probably defend themselves if s— got real in the streets. Sport BJJ took away the idea of BJJ being a fighting style to become strictly a game.

“It’s hard to blame the players like initially stated, they’re only playing by the rules that they’re given.

“The IBJJF is the biggest company to promote BJJ around the world, and even though they have all these pussified rules, there hasn’t been any other promotion that has come close to compete with them yet, at least not when it comes to being prestigious, that’s why the majority of the BJJ practitioners think that IBJJF is the standard to be followed and that’s why the sport is moving away from its origins in it’s becoming this game not so fun to watch, instead of being an art of self defense…

“I loved my days as a gi competitor, when i used to train nothing but gi, I used to go against many guys that nowadays are considered legends of the sport and can gladly say that I won most of my matches against them, and those are guys that I still have fun watching them competing…

“This “new” Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t interest me a bit. I can’t watch a BJJ event nowadays like I used to, I think it’s cool that these guys are getting where they want to, getting gold medals and making a living off what they love. But if this was 1997 and this was the BJJ shown to me back when I started, maybe I’d be doing something else, because in 1997, I was watching Mario Sperry, Royler Gracie, Saulo Ribeiro, Amauri Bitetti, Roleta, all these guys with an aggressive and entertaining style of Jiu-Jitsu, and I highly doubt that I’d have gotten into BJJ if I had seen any of these names “scissoring” for 10 minutes or wiping their asses on the mat like dogs with itchy butts.”


The reaction when watching 80% of guard centric Jiu-Jitsu matches nowadays. Can Jiu-Jitsu ever be spectator friendly?

Posted by BJJ Eastern Europe on Monday, January 25, 2016