There’s an interesting article on Broadly about women who are learning and training jiu jitsu in secret within Iran.
It’s a pretty good read- it reminds me of a woman who we had in our classes for a while. I’m pretty sure she kept her head covered, but what was most memorable was that she couldn’t touch anyone of the opposite sex: in training, or even slapping hands (at the end of class we do a sort of “good game” hand slap at the finish). Fortunately there was always at least one female in class for her to drill and train with, and the hand slap was easily solved with a friendly wave, so she was always able to participate. It’s a shame these women are put in an awkward position, but it’s certainly admirable- that they are putting so much on the line to learn and train in jiu jitsu.
Check it out and let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!
So Fox Sports wrote an article about how Kenny Florian competed in the IBJJF NY Spring Open. The article talks about how Florian felt robbed (no, really, he says that he felt robbed in that match) and the author goes on to talk about the IBJJF’s “strange rule set”.
Granted, the IBJJF is far from perfect in both rules and reffing decisions, but I don’t know, I’m just having a hard time taking this seriously. Also, I think what Florian has to keep in mind is some people in these tournaments focus on the sport of jiu jitsu: he may have been playing to finish, while his opponent was just playing to win. Going for the finish as opposed to just going for points, if you will.
I like Florian, but I think there needs to be some adjustment in mindset if he wishes to continue competing, particularly in IBJJF tournaments.