Member Since: 7/30/03
Soul Gravy - "As pointed out many times mma is a different game than sport bjj. While they use similar techniques there are still some important differences."
This is true, but we need to try to discourage and prevent this schism between the two as much as possible.
If we try to do that then which way do we lean towards because what Lachlan is teaching is obviously better for grappling but the fundamental way certainly has its place in mma?
The below video shows a situation in mma. This video has a lot that we could discuss but the main point I want to make first is that the guard pass situation all started with the way the bottom player was playing guard. When the opponent is standing and looking to punch you it is standard to defend with your feet on his hips like what is discussed in the second video @3:55. Notice in the first video @3:25 Gustavo has his legs somewhat extended on the hips in the same way without any grips with his hands. No doubt the modern guard players will say that this is a mistake in grappling and his knees should be in tight. They are correct. Problem is if the guy does this in a striking situation he will get hit. So my point is that the guard is played different out of neccesity and the way guard retention is played is an extension of this. In grappling the guy will keep his knees in tight. This might mean staying in a lying position or sitting up when the guy steps back. In mma you cant do either because when lying the guy can get close enough to hit you if you are not keeping distance with your legs and when sitting up, if the guy is too close he can just knee you. I just wanted to point out that the guard games are different from the start, I could go into a lot of things the guy on bottom could do in the second video but I got my main point across. They are two different sports with two different agendas and this calls for different methods for achieving the agenda or and defending.
I am just saying, how do we discourage seperating the two sports and when the way Lachlan is teaching is clearly better for grappling but also not as good for mma?