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I know this thread is old, but I have to comment on a couple things. First, about Mike Tyson: In order for him to win in an MMA competition, he would have to rely solely on landing one KO punch in the less-than-30 seconds it would take for a decent fighter to take him to the ground. And that's exactly what Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, etc, would do. Old or young, Tyson's got one weapon, one chance to end the fight, before it's all over for him. And I really think most fighters in modern UFC have the skills necessary to survive with Tyson (young or old) long enough to take him to the ground. Also, on the history of BJJ: As has been stated, Maeda, a Japanese immigrant in Brazil, taught the Gracies the fundamentals of what would eventually turn into their style of Jiu Jitsu. Maeda, however, was a student of Jigoro Kano, the guy who invented Judo in the late 1800s. See, early Judo actually emphasized a lot more ground work than modern days' "sport" Judo, which is practiced in the Olympics and limits ground time to about 30 seconds for safety. BJJ, therefore, is a modern-day relic of early Judo, before it was watered down and made less effective. The ground work that Kano had applied to Judo was taken fron Fusen Ryu, one of many styles of Japanese martial arts that he had collected while trying to create Judo, which was supposed to be a more effective, modern style.
posted by podslapper at 11:19 AM on February 04
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