Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art based on grappling and ground fighting. It focuses on the skill of controlling your opponent, applying techniques that force him or her to submit. Most of the techniques learned in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu concentrates on taking your opponent down to the ground and keeping them there, enabling you to attack or get into a more dominant position. Studies show that 95% of street fights end up on the ground, making Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu one of the most potent, real-life fighting systems on the planet.
Today, Evolve Daily breaks down some of the most exciting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu matches in history and what you can learn from each of them. Here they are:
Who: Marcelo Garcia vs. Fernando “Terere” Augusto
Where: 2003 World Championships (Medio/Middleweight)
How: Terere wins via triangle
Breakdown: Throughout the fight, Terere uses explosive passing. He clearly dominates the match, using pressure continuously. Marcelo attempts to sweep him with an x-guard and go for submissions, but Terere proves to be too active for him. In the end, Terere is able to submit Marcelo with a triangle.
Lessons learned: You should always keep your opponent on their toes by constantly moving and flowing with whatever moves they make. Even if Terere was reversed out of the back mount position, he still managed to recover and submit Marcelo.
Who: Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida vs. Rodolfo Viera
Where: 2012 World Championships (Absolute)
How: Buchecha wins via points
Breakdown: One of the most exciting matches to date, both Buchecha and Rodolfo sweep and pass each other back and forth. They continue to do so until the very last minute, where Buchecha sees the opportunity to get the double leg takedown and earn extra points.
Lessons learned: Be prepared to attack at any time. You should never be complacent, even if you feel like you are winning or losing. There is always a possibility that just a single move could change everything. Make the most of every opportunity you have and go for it!
Who: Roger Gracie vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
Where: 2004 World Championships (Absolute)
How: Jacare wins via points
Breakdown: Roger pulls guard, anticipating Jacare’s takedown. Roger goes for a submission, which Jacare quickly reverses, causing Roger to turtle. Unfortunately for Roger, this costs him 4 points. Roger is able to recover, pulls guard and is able to secure a solid armlock. Jacare refuses to tap and fights the remainder of the match with a broken arm.
Lessons learned: Although refusing to tap isn’t advisable, Jacare’s unbreakable spirit is commendable. In competition or even in just in class, we should always try our best and stay resilient, no matter what happens.
Who: Ricardo Vieira vs. Robson Moura
Where: 2001 World Championships
How: 1 Advantage
Breakdown: Robson’s guard proved to be challenging for Ricardo, constantly attempting to pass throughout the match. Robson’s constant sweep attempts made it difficult for Ricardo to maintain the top position. Eventually, Robson was able to sweep Ricardo but he recovered his guard quickly. At one point, they were asked to restart and again both swept and passed each other back and forth. In the end, Ricardo scored a double leg takedown, which gave him an advantage.
Lessons learned: Even if a fight is going back and forth, this doesn’t mean that you should relax. You should keep on trying to get any advantage you can over your opponent to ensure a win.
Competition is a true test of physical and mental strength, and is a delight to watch for many martial arts aficionados. There is no doubt that all these legends fought valiantly – their names will be revered now and forever by the BJJ community.