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  1. Also, only one senior on the team.
  2. What AD wouldn't want this guy representing their school? https://twitter.com/MarkSchultzy/status/770889562197417984
  3. Surprised BYU hired Mark after his issues at Villanova.
  4. While we are semi-off topic, William and Mary adding wrestling back would be great too. Back to the point - good for Averett. Not too far from Greensboro College, another new D3 program.
  5. Would love to see Longwood add it back. Virginia has lots of D3 and D1 opportunities at this point, so the lack of D2 is odd.
  6. Not to mention how different coaching at a service academy (at a time of war no less) is than coaching at any other college.
  7. Really felt for Monday when he was talking about being hurt that others didn't leave after DuPont kicked out all the black athletes. Also, interesting to hear more of Chaid's story, and his shock at anyone staying after DuPont pulled a gun on him.
  8. So who is this making room for at Tech? Tony Ramos?
  9. Any idea how long of a contract Chandler signed?
  10. Maybe not the best form of conditioning for someone with a pre-existing ankle injury? Also, why was this being filmed? Misinformation?
  11. If I'm Storniolo, I've already reached out to Tony. Wonder if Illinois has room? Also, wonder what drove Brands to make that offer to Dennis. Best wishes, middle finger to VT, a mix of the two?
  12. Brands' immediate pivot to the "corner for life" comment makes it seem to me as if there is some truth to what Tony said.
  13. I get your frustrations. They are pretty common for wrestlers coming into jiu jitsu. From what you describe in sparring, I think a comparison to wrestling might make sense. Imagine if a really big and strong jiu jitsu player came to a wrestling practice. During live goes on the feet, he avoids ties, circles away, and doesn't take any shots. On the mat, he clams up on bottom and doesn't try to escape. On top, he will throw legs in and can ride you out, but doesn't try to turn. That's basically what rolling with a raw or relatively new wrestler in BJJ feels like. Wrestlers hate stalling and so do jiu jitsu players, stalling just looks a bit different in each sport. I think coaches in either sport would rather see someone in practice get pinned/submitted/scored on trying to score themselves rather than stalling. So, don't worry about getting swept or tapped. Try to pass, play bottom, pull guard yourself. I think that will make the sport a lot more enjoyable for you and your partners.
  14. Seems like Chandler's appeal is his ability to convince others that he was held back by Minkle? Okay, but what does it say about someone that they would stick around and deal with that for 18 years?
  15. Yeah...we are all only human, but I'm pretty sure publicly cursing and threatening to murder someone are big no-nos in the Mormon Church. Beyond that, what positions has Mark held in the wrestling community in the past 20 years?
  16. Well, luckily BJJ is not MMA, and MMA is not a street fight. When you wrestled, were strikes involved? Why not? If you got into a fight in the street, wouldn't the other guy be trying to hit you?
  17. I've actually seen lots of beginners get hurt in class and in competition when they start on the feet. They don't know not to post their hands out, where not to step, how to sprawl right. It sounds crazy to wrestlers but I've seen it enough to take it seriously. Starting on the knees makes sense for beginners basically as training wheels to learn the proper reactions, and for those with limited mat space. Check out Erik Paulson's DVD on takedowns from the knees if you are curious.
  18. Dude, you sound like a nice guy, so I'm not trying to be a jerk, but from what you describe, the gym you are at and the instructors are not very good. Seems like you are trusting and take what they say and present as face value, and just my two cents, but I get the feeling they are taking advantage of that with you and others. There are so many random, small BJJ tournaments, let alone "catch" tournaments where there are so few competitors you automatically get a medal, even without having to win a match. Or just win one match to get a medal. You could rack up an "impressive" display pretty quickly. So, don't take that presentation as an automatic sign of legitimacy. Somebody could display all their PeeWee wrestling medals at the front of their gym and that would look impressive to the untrained eye too. But what if they had no State medals, or anything beyond that? Some affiliations in jiu jitsu can be bought and sold quite easily, with no quality control. The seller gets money, and the buyer gets legitimacy - but the students get the short end. In jiu jitsu, technique is king. If the only person that can "out technique" you is 60-70 pounds heavier than you that's not a good sign. The other thing about jiu jitsu is, not everyone competes. That's so different than wrestling. In wrestling, you spar with competition intensity because everyone competes. In jiu jitsu, you have to learn how to roll with competitors differently than you would casual practitioners. It would basically be like rolling with a middle school kid the same way you do a college wrestler. Jiu jitsu rooms are much more diverse in skill level, background, talent, etc than a wrestling room, which is generally fairly homogenous. If people claim to be "competitors" at a gym, but complain that you go too hard, that's another bad sign. Some BJJ gyms are very competition focused, others not so much. You'll never find a wrestling club that "doesn't compete". The guard pulling thing can be annoying for wrestlers, but as long as guard pulling is not penalized in bjj competition, people would be dumb NOT to do it. Wrestling has 1 not 2, the guard pull in BJJ is basically 0 not 2. It is what it is, learn to pass guard and love that game is my only advice. That's still not an excuse for many gyms to never start from the feet, or do so very rarely. Especially around 180 pounds and up, takedowns decide lots of matches in bjj. Like I said, I'm not trying to come off too harsh, but as long as you were respectful in the way you roll or offer advice, you should not have been rebuked or cast off the way you were. A bjj gym is lucky to have someone with extensive wrestling experience, but some instructors are threatened by that since it shows a gap in their skill set. There's a lot of fog and mirrors in jiu jitsu, and some folks cling to the mystique they create for themselves.
  19. While Pat Smith and Mark Schultz were both great wrestlers, both have had serious off the mat issues involving alcohol. Pat may have moved beyond that, but I don't think Mark's Twitter rampages and death threats help his cause.
  20. Re-read your OP, and this one, so I think maybe I took the opportunity to go on a tangent about catch wrestling than try to answer your question. Sorry about that. To your point, I think 3 questions need to be asked to determine the "legitimacy" of a BJJ school or the curriculum it focuses on, to be precise 1) what has the coach accomplished in competition 2) what have his students accomplished in competition 3) what is the lineage of the instructor. Now, legitimacy and a school you enjoy are two different things. Taco Bell might not be "legitimate" Mexican food, but many people love it. Barring injuries, instructors should roll with their students. PARTICULARLY if the instructor and/or the students are not actively competing. And, this is just my opinion, but that includes live goes starting on the feet. It's pretty hard for an instructor to gauge the ability of their students without rolling with them. If your instructor rolls with you, from the feet, he would catch on that you have something to offer there. Now, if you are scoring, making him work - a good jiu jitsu instructor will ask you to show him what you did, and probably ask you to show the class as well. That said, even if he is just watching, he should be able to notice this and make use of your particular skill set. All that aside, if people at your school want to compete, they need to start on the feet to learn how to pull guard. Once you hit a brown belt level, perhaps even purple, if you just sit with no grip fighting, some folks will pass or pull before you hit the mat. I'm not trying to attack your instructor or the school. In some ways, takedowns have to be modified for BJJ/MMA/Grappling from wrestling. One example being head position on a double, being aware of the guillotine. That said, good grappling is good grappling and bad technique is bad technique, for the most part. Anyhow, hope that helps. Just something to consider.
  21. WrestlingSuperior - Do you work for UWW? LOL
  22. You have to be trolling. Ricky is a BJJ black belt under Pedro Sauer. Ricardo is a BJJ black belt. Randy is a folk/greco wrestler. Just like there are MMA coaches, there may be "grappling" coaches - but nobody trains "MMA" - that is a rule set, not a style.
  23. Who teaches "grappling" - the same gyms where people train UFC? Find a BJJ instructor that wrestled free/folk/greco or did judo. Sambo is also totally legit as a combined grappling art, although most people in the US assume sambo is like 100% leglocks, which is not how its done in the Former Soviet Union.
  24. Their technique is different because of 1) trying to look different for marketing and 2) being untested in competition. With factor 1, that HAVE to do it differently, because otherwise it would look just like BJJ, or Judo, so there goes their marketing angle. With factor 2, it's kind of like how you see certain moves taught and executed in JV Wrestling that are very rare or very different at NCAAs.
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