During my last days in Danzan Ryu and one of my last sessions there was some major cringe coming from a visiting black belt from Portland.
I guess I had been having my doubts about DZR and was thinking of switching to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, which I did.
This “black belt” asked for my arm to demonstrate a move. Usually, we do this to learn the move or what not. Pretty normal stuff. Except, this guy wouldn’t let go. I started laughing out loud but I was tapping and this dipshit would not let go. I think he was trying to teach me something but he’s really a dipshit.
Here’s the thing. In BJJ when we do a move during a live session we never ask for the arm. And when we tap we LET GO. There’s surprisingly little ego in my experience with BJJ. In a real life situation no one is going to give you their arm.
DZR in Hawaii does ZERO live training. Actually, rather than spar they mimic a move in slow motion. It’s cool for safety but honestly that training doesn’t prepare one for anything “live.” When I started BJJ I could no longer stay with DZR because it just seemed like LARPing or some joke.
I understand people get into Martial Arts for many different reasons. For some, it’s a social thing. Or maybe very light physical activity. I remember coming out of DZR sessions not sweaty with the gi ready to be used again. Anyone who does BJJ knows after a session you are drenched in your sweat and others and the best thing is to wash your gi immediately.
This jabronie later on was commenting on how he’s glad he’s a black belt so he can defend himself and his wife. A DZR blackbelt takes four to six years to get. Most dojos don’t spar. A BJJ black belt usually takes on average 10 years. Admittedly, it would probably take someone like myself 12 to 15 years to get there, but I will stick with it as long as I can.
I’ve had about a year and a half of BJJ and unfortunately had to take months off because of a meniscus tear. But that time is probably worth more than that dude’s entire time in a cosplay type martial art. I think if I ever see him again I should just rush him in front of his wife just to prove a point. A guy like that couldn’t hang in a session in anything live.
As a matter of fact, DZR here in Hawaii is pretty pretentious. A lot of their higher belts are obese and overweight. Their training really doesn’t compare to the MMA style of anything live. DZR is probably only a year older than BJJ but they train traditionally which pretty much means it’s worthless in a real life situation. The people can be really cringey and pretentious. I’m sure the technique is superior to BJJ but the way it’s taught makes it produce bullshit.
BJJ is the polar opposite. There is little to no ego. We train live which gets nuts and pretty frustrating but I have lost so much weight. The black belts don’t demonstrate bad behavior and have usually gone through a grueling ordeal. There’s more growth in something like that than traditional martial arts. The egos on some people who do Karate, Tae Kwon Doe, and Traditional Jujitsu is pretty laughable.
BJJ had it’s test during the old school UFC bouts. Now, in MMA it’s one of the fundamental pillars.
My knee is bad right now. I can’t wait to get back. I’ll probably have a surgery. But, I’m in this for life. In not I’ll probably die in five years from a heart attack or something.