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Jiu-Jitsu Strategy: Frustrate and Annoy

The Brendan Schaub vs Ricardo “Cyborg” Abreu debacle at Metamoris 2 on June 9, 2013 was an embarrassment to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. After Ryron Gracie vs Andre Galvao at Metamoris Pro I wrote about my personal default Brazilian jiu-jitsu strategy – “Frustrate and Annoy” – likening it to Ryron’s KeepItPlayful.com. However, I have to clarify that while Schaub’s performance was indeed frustrating and very annoying, it wasn’t the Frustrate & Annoy strategy endorsed by The Jiu-Jitsu Vortex.

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Arthur Barkaukas pushes back Sean Kearney at Proving Grounds Muay Thai

Arthur Barkaukas lands a push kick on Sean Kearney at Proving Grounds Muay Thai at BCIT on June 2, 2012. Photo courtesy of MartialArtsNomad.

The Muay Thai Proving Grounds event at BCIT in Burnaby was killer. The day started with a modified Muay Thai tournament and four full boxing rings going simultaneously meant lots of action. When the smoke from the tournament had cleared, three of the rings were dismantled, seating was arranged, and the evening show started. Thanks to Joel Wasel from Dynamic MMA, Jason Fenton from Iron City Muay Thai, and Gerry Gionco for putting the event together; thanks to all the fighters who came out to bang – especially those who travelled from out of town; and thanks to Master John Chamkunthod for reffing the night.

Results below…

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Muay Thai fights in Burnaby on June 2, 2012.

A full day of Muay Thai action comin’ up for kickboxing fans in the Vancouver area. BCIT in Burnaby will be hosting evening fights under full Muay Thai rules and an amateur modified Muay Thai tournament during the day. The day event runs from 10am to 5pm. Doors for the night show open at 6:30. It ain’t jiu-jitsu, but it will be entertaining nonetheless.

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Kickboxing before BJJ class at Dynamic MMA in Vancouver

Boxing isn’t typical Jiu-Jitsu Vortex material, in many ways it’s the opposite of BJJ – there‚Äôs no grappling, no throws, and punching is the only way to score. Sure, putting your opponent to sleep is a win in either sport, but boxers try to jolt the brain into shutdown, while Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters like to cut off its blood supply. Despite the differences, many of us BJJ addicts also love boxing – it’s integral to MMA after all, which is what got many of us into Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the first place. And some of MMA’s best boxers are also high-level jiu-jitsu fighters. Let’s take a look at some examples.

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