Body condition

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Rob H Newbie 10 posts
I am interested in hearing opinions on the size of a fighters body. I have heard from many people that when it comes to martial arts the martial artist should be light on his toes very toned and strong but not very big, despite this when I have been to Ju Jitsu competitions many fighters are huge piles of muscle. Is this because Ju Jitsu relies heavily on grappling and big muscles will help them finish the fight? Or is it better to be in such a condition because it will give you an advantage? I personally have a very light-weight body, I am muscly but I feel looking anything like a body builder is discraceful and unpractical . . . Concentration, relaxation, mental and physical conditioning
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andy Resident 729 posts
BJJ fighters have the best physiques in my opinion, even most of the heavyweights are ripped. pain is temporary, pride is forever. www.roycegraciesheffield.com
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Rob H Newbie 10 posts
Come on people opinions? Concentration, relaxation, mental and physical conditioning
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andy Resident 729 posts
most people wont post an opinion as it's a very gay thread but i am confident in my sexuality and have posted my opinion pain is temporary, pride is forever. www.roycegraciesheffield.com
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Rob H Newbie 10 posts
Gay thread? Your sexuality? WTF Concentration, relaxation, mental and physical conditioning
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korben Newbie 2 posts
I will give my modest opinion. Before do martial arts, i use to think that martil art is only technique, and control, but after start doing Ju Jitsu i realised that you need strence, power to do that technique.
A small person agains stronger and bigger need more strence, power to defeat it. This is the conclusion i take from the dojo, where with partners the same weight is easy , but with partner stronger and biger is needed power beside good technique. is not so easy as people think only with technique, and relax.
In the dojo only teach technique, but i never heard the sensei talk about the power needed to do the technique, but with big guys only technique without power doesn't work.
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Robsco 1319 posts
Korben,

You obviously need to train more if you're starting to believe that.

Do not rely or place importance on strength, just keep training your technique and you will start to defeat the bigger guys with ease. --------- Robsco! 'I'm sure your style is impressive on other planets, however, your weak link is that this is Earth'
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korben Newbie 2 posts
Of course I have to train much more, and learn much more. Ju Jitsu as any martial art is a long way.
Just to say something, when the sensei show us one technique, in many techniques he has to use power, becuase if he does the technique without use power he doen't make me go down, the technique doesn't work, I can resist without problem. Korben
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andy Resident 729 posts
your sensei sounds, well, not very good. pain is temporary, pride is forever. www.roycegraciesheffield.com
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kcolmra Newbie 1 posts
I have seen a 83 year old man who weighted about 95 pounds throw a 250 pound guy (he was in his 20s, not sure exact age) around like it was nothing. He had excellent technique and had to use very little physical strength. There are some techniques that require great strength, but why would you study them when there are more effective moves that require little strength. I am 20 and weight about 200 pounds. When I first started training, I had an advantage over my smaller peers. The further I advance, the less my size is an advantage. I do not compare my size to my opponent’s size; it is not a reliable scale. I would prefer to win a fight with out using any strength, just technique – I think it looks more graceful and is a credit to your skill. That said, I do think you should train and stay in good physical health. More and more I am seeing 30 something white men who have a potbelly at Ju-Jitsu competitions. My goal is to have about the build Brad Pitt did in Snatch – not huge, but very cut and clean.
andy Resident 729 posts
give up traditional ju jitsu and do brazilian, you will learn better self defense and great ground work. also i don't see many 30 yr old white males with pot bellys ay brazilian jj tournys. traditional ju jitsu is outdated. pain is temporary, pride is forever. www.roycegraciesheffield.com
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steve Resident 217 posts
On the original point, strength & muscle mass does count for a lot though it is no good to you unless you have good technique with which to maximise its potential. You do not have to be big & heavy to beat bigger & heavier opponents, but relying on pure 'learnt' technique alone will not be enough.
As Andy eluded to earlier, competative 'rolling', expecially with slightly bigger opponents, will increase your natural strength. Couple this with some form of gym weights work to build muscle mass and explosive power, a good cardio routine and good diet so your 'system' is equiped to feed your muscles as & when required, and your game will improve dramatically.
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andy Resident 729 posts
physical attributes play a part when skill level is even.

A good big guy will always beat a good little guy.

When training rely only on technique, when competing you can add in your physical attributes to increase your technique.

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Fenon Regular 25 posts
I've seen a martial arts fight between a 25+ stone muscle monster untrained in fighting and a medium sized gifted technique fighter, it was a close fight but the technique guy did win. My point is power does give you an advantage during a fight but with better technique you can win. The perfect size in my view is very leen with medium sized muscle, arms maybe 15/6 inches, well thats my size goal any how it may change when I get there.
andy Resident 729 posts
i dont care pain is temporary, pride is forever. www.roycegraciesheffield.com
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Fenon Regular 25 posts
Another thing that I forgot to say was that with big guys they loss time training in technique because they need to spend a lot of time keeping that muscle.

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