Metamoris: a Good Start

So Sunday night I watched Metamoris, and I have to say it was a good start to what will hopefully be a number of these tournaments, even with the rough patches and broadcasting issues. The biggest problem I feel were the draws- which, I mean happen and are certainly understandable, it’s just I feel there should have been some other safeguard in place, or some measure that could be taken to discourage a draw.

Some options would include either some small reward for the fighter who made obvious attempts to drive the fight, but that leads to a whole new set of problems.  One teammate suggested have the prize shrink in size as the match goes on, to encourage fighters to hustle, even in the face of the 20 minute time limit.

I feel this a good event and I would like to see more of them, but with just this one issue slightly tweaked while still maintaining the essence of  “no points, just submissions”.

That, the inclusion of women’s matches, and 2 commentators who know how to fill the gaps between matches, rather than just one: I’m looking at you, guy-who’s-not-Rener.

PS: making this a quarterly or semi-annual event to offer an opportunity to include more top level BJJ practitioners from around the country would also be pretty sweet. Just saying.

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4 responses to “Metamoris: a Good Start

  1. You’re complete missing the point of submission only. It’s the true, Gracie philosophy when it comes to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defense art that emphasizes defense; not offense. You are supposed to be patient and wait for your opponent to make a mistake or leave something open and capitalize it. It’s about surviving a street fight not trying to win on points. There are no refs, no time limits or rules when it comes to a street fight.

    Especially when you’re side mounted or on bottom in full mount. When you’re in those positions your focus should be on escaping not trying to attack.

    Did you notice that Galvao was completely gassed after his fight with Ryron? Had the fight gone on longer Ryron would have capitalized on that and tapped him.

    • Katie

      I actually agree with you, that theoretically there should be no time limits, but if you are going to hold an event and stream it to the public, there have to be some time limits and rules put into place. Also, from a marketing standpoint, there needs to be action, or people won’t watch, and then the event will die. Even in the jiu jitsu community, I feel there is only a fraction of that already small pool of viewers whose time you could monopolize in that fashion to stream a tournament that truly had no time limit.
      Everyone will have a different opinion on this, ranging from longer time limits, to shorter, to keep the event just as it played out: I was just brainstorming on what could keep the action going and avoid the chance of no submissions in a submission only tournament.

      If anyone has any suggestions on how you think the event could improve, I’m definitely interested in what you think.

  2. I’m kind of weirded out by how completely people have bought into the “Gracie philosophy”, as presented by Ryron, Rener, Ralek and Rorion.

    Kron finished his match and refused to accept a guard pass before that. Xande, who’s trained considerably with Helio and Royler, tried like hell to finish his match against a very dangerous footlocker. Roger is famous for finishing people, after stonewalling them with his usually impeccable defense. Lovato Jr. finished his match after refusing to accept guard passes and sweeps.

    If you go back further, Rickson, Royler, Renzo, Carlos, George, Carlson and even Helio tried like hell to win their matches. They usually did. Blowing up two or three matches in the dozens and dozens that Helio had into a full out “Gracie philosophy” that is obliterated once strikes are added in (the situation where self-defense is usually applicable) is borderline irresponsible.

    It’s a marketing triumph – not the actual expression of the Gracie philosophy, which is more along the lines of “If you can grapple real good, you’ll win a lot of fights.”

    Ribeiro jiu jitsu came out of this looking the best. Xande, Lovato Jr. and Saulo have all been terrific this past month and Rafael/Xande should look very good at the No Gi Worlds too.

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