Are BJJ and Muay Thai enough?

editedbannerI’ve written about this before
but I’d like to write about it from a slightly different perspective.

Years back when I was first dabbling in BJJ,
MMA training in the Dallas Fort Worth area was primitive
compared to today’s standards.

Today, we might see an MMA fighter (even amateur)train:

  • No Gi
  • Gi
  • Wrestling
  • Boxing
  • Muay Thai
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Nutritional Alterations

But back then in Dallas,
there were two main types of fighters:
Lion’s Den Fighters 
…where everything was offered in house.

and the more common
Two Teamers
…where they trained their Muay Thai with Saekson
and trained their BJJ with Carlos (Machado).

For a while these fighters did well until wrestling
emerged and then maintained its steady ascent.

It was for that reason
that I have criticized that limited approach in the past.
But perhaps it wasn’t the approach that was limited.
Maybe it was something else.

BJJ, when trained expansively includes takedowns in its curriculum…
as does Muay Thai.

But how many BJJ players or Muay Thai fighters do you know with good wrestling?

It’s natural that arts become more and more specialized over time.
It can be an evolution.
But too often devolution occurs, as well.

So instead of adding in wrestling to a MMA fighter’s training…
what if we added wrestling back into submissions and strikes?

One thought on “Are BJJ and Muay Thai enough?

  1. I like to think I am fortunate in that sense. Our head instructor was a boxer, and he also works within your ring of applicability (he regards the Gi as a tux, by his own admission) and always teaches Jits with emphasis on defense and MMA.

    The rest of the coaches were high level wrestlers and some in particular emphasize a game that includes standing.

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