European Black Belt Promoting A More Realistic Style Of Tournament Fighting

Without the dedicated practitioners who spend countless hours perfecting their sport, martial arts would cease to evolve.  It is this constant evolution that attracts new blood and keeps existing practitioners engaged.  This philosophy should also extend to competitions. However, according to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu traditionalists like European (Rickson Gracie) Black Belt Patrick Bittan, the evolution of the tournaments is taking away from the true meaning of why this martial art was developed in the first place.  Bittan describes the founding principles of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as, “Real self defense with a focus on submission.”  In fact, Helio Gracie’s grandson Kron Gracie is one of the sports top-ranked fighters who seems to share the same sentiment as Bittan.  “I was very confused for a long time with IBJJF and my results and doubting myself and doubting my abilities because I was losing over advantages,” proclaimed Kron Gracie.   … Continue reading European Black Belt Promoting A More Realistic Style Of Tournament Fighting