The club I've trained at since I took up jujitsu had changed their syllabus from TJJ to primarily grappling before I started so I've not done a great deal of stand up training, randori, kumate etc.
Over the last few months we've had fewer and fewer people turning up for training so, a few weeks ago, the lads who run the club had a big discussion and decided to change the syllabus back to a more TJJ style but still retaining the core ground-work techniques. Hang on, titter ye not! Lots of people have come back to training again, even a few old-boys who gave up years ago have drifted back.
I've thoroughly enjoyed learning a load of new (new to me at least) throws and take downs.
Weapons katas (Jo staff and Nunchaku this week). Practical? No, but damn they're a lot of fun. I'm dead keen to learn a load more.
Is there anyone out there who can swing a 3-section staff about without fear of knocking themself out or losing teeth? :-p
I know what ya mean, the traditional stuff is a lot of fun, especially the weapons, and various throws, it's what I started out with afterall.
I always feel the traditional and grappling really need a lesson of their own - there's too much depth to throw in to one class.
Sure ya can mix 'em a little, but not for proper technique, but this would should surely encourage others to go to the other class, either by watching it a bit before the other class, or realising that they had to work on the groundwork for a more complete selection.
some people dont like to be on the floor, and alot of traditional ju jitsuers dont think its a good place to be (prob not in a street fight). And again people dont like change... if you have a tjj black belt who has trained tjj for years suddenly has to learn grappling where there skills are as good as the whitebelts.... That winds people up, i know from my own experience as a white belt and tapping the blacks while doing back to back....