Jocko Willink: Pure Jiu-Jitser will beat Pure Wrestler 9 out of 10 times in a real fight!

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On Jocko’s podcast 68 there was an interesting question for Jocko Willink.

“In podcast 13 you stated that jiu jitsu is the martial art that takes the most time to become proficient I disagree and here’s why: as a wrestler I’ve been able to pick up jiu-jitsu in a matter of  about 2 months to the point where I can submit a blue belt here and there and mostly control purple belt possibly … I might just be a bad teacher but I haven’t had much success teaching jiu-jitsu folks to wrestle. After the same amount of time they’re maybe a low highschool wrestling level… “

Jocko Willinks answer:

I guess I should’ve said grappling men in general which is definitely harder to achieve a basic level of competence in rather than striking. Now don’t get me wrong – you take a skilled boxer, they will destroy an unskilled boxer. You take a skilled muay thai guy  they will destroy an unskilled muay thai guy.

He added:

“A good wrestler is a good grappler, you are a good grappler and that’s why you’re able to pick up jiu-jitsu quickly because wrestling is grappling which is jiu-jitsu. Are there differences? Yes there are absolutely but…

If you played baseball in college when you get on the office softball team you’re a killer… It’s the same thing with wrestling. As far as the fact that it doesn’t take long to learn if you’re a high-level wrestler Yes absolutely, you learn it very quickly. Look at the history of the UFC Dan Severn, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Randy Couture, Tito – all those high level wrestlers and guess what it’s not history high level wrestlers are there now too. Jon Jones, DC.. it’s wrestlers – wrestlers … Now are there other guys who come in and fill in but the majority base is wrestling. So now you also have to look at the early UFCs or you go to any gym and the fact is a jiu-jitsu only guy beats a wrestling only guy 9 times out of 10. That’s the way it is Now if the wrestler can learn very quickly but if the wrestler only knows wrestling and the bjj guy only knows jiu jitsu the jiu jitsu guy is going to win simply because the wrestler doesn’t know how to finish the fight.”

Check out the question in video it starts from 1:44

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