Guy walks into 10th planet looking for a fight – black belt accepts
The term “dojo storm” is a term that is used a lot and thrown around a lot but the meaning of which seems to evade most. There are a variety of types of dojo storms but at the most basic of levels is a simple action: a person walks into a martial arts studio unannounced and declares he wants to fight.
The reasons for this vary from personal vendettas to someone wanting to prove a martial art is better than another to someone simply looking to fight. For an untrained person to walk into a martial arts studio and want to fight is absurd, however; an untrained person walking into a Jiu-Jitsu academy and looking for a fight is ludicrous.
That is exactly what happened at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu in Long Beach, California back in November and an Eddie Bravo black belt, Chai Sirisute, was more than happy to oblige.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art combat system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda, and Soshihiro Satake.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of Judo through Carlos and Helio Gracie as well as other instructors specifically for street self-defense and to prove that size and strength are not everything. Years later it is still being utilized by nearly every mixed martial artist on every level.
Helio Gracie was often described as small and frail which immediately put him at a major disadvantage when it came to combat sports so if he wanted to be competitive he had to figure something out. What he figured out revolutionized martial arts and is beautiful in its simplicity: technique and leverage will overcome nearly any size and strength advantage.
As is evident in the video below, the Jiu-Jitsu practitioner is a much smaller man than the street thug; will his skill set prove effective? Check out the video below to find out.
Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…