Originally Posted by Motion
Is the Gracie Jiu Jitsu being taught today at most Gracie schools the same style that was being taught before the UFC? Or has mma's evolution influenced what most Gracies teach today? Has Gracie jiu jitsu become more of a cross training style compared to the pre UFC days? Does this vary from one Gracie school to the other?
All I can tell you is my experiences which were post UFC.
I started training in Boston in 1998. And under my instructor at the time we basically cover what some call sport Jiu-jitsu for competitive bouts. Basically a style that was geared toward getting you ready for the grappling end for a UFC about. And to be honest we covered self-defense very rarely. Basically for a lot of my stand up stuff and headlock escapes I used my old high school wrestling. Which has/and still is effective enough for me. But from what I been told and read there was more of a self-defense aspect back in the day. I remember when Royce and Charles Gracie put out their self-defense book. I saw how much stuff on the self-defense side the BJJ had. And actually I did make an effort to learn most of it. I can't say I've ever mastered it but have a good feel. But from what I've seen from the schools I've attend (3 of them). Most students are not interested in the pure defense stuff. A lot of guys that have a wrestling or some type of martial arts background just rolls their eyes
when stuff like that is taught. They want to be taught sport stuff and to roll live as oppose to practicing self-defense.
Granted I have seen in the last three years where I'm at now (northern NJ for now). There has been more of a movement/effort by the instructors to add in self-defense to the classes. Whether this effort will last or not remains to be seen. But personally I don't mind it being added in, though at time it does get rather tedious and boring. I think itís good to know if you ever get surprised and youíre back on your heels for a minute. Granted Iíd probably revert back to my wrestling in a stand up position. But some other folks I donít think it would hurt to know some of the self-defense stuff.
But thatís just my thoughts.