Posted by Aether
I'm not going to get into the rest of the discussion, but this isn't true at all. A person doesn't need to actually practice something themselves in order to be an expert in it. Also, practicing something doesn't make you an expert on the subject. There are a lot of fighters with little to no regard for strategy, and there are a lot of analysts who don't fight but are incredibly knowledgeable about the technical and strategic aspects of the sport.
Studying something doesn't require participation in that thing. You can become an expert by observing closely an understanding why certain tactics are and are not effective. You don't necessarily need to put it into practice yourself in order to understand it.
Personally I started training long after I started watching, and I think that I learned the vast majority of what I know long before I started training. Understanding and doing are different things.
First of all, I still stand by my comments.
As for the quotations above, no I disagree. To truly understand what works and what doesn't you have to practice it. If you seriously learned more prior to training then you might want to consider changing schools/teachers because in my 14 years of martial arts experience, I have never witnessed someone that knew more prior to their actual training. Saying something works because one reads it in a BJ Penn book (or something) is not the same as understanding why it works because you've tried it while the other guy was trying to hit you in the face and it either worked or didn't work. But that is beside the point I made.
The point I made was that Eddie was flat out wrong about the sport changing with respect to what "works". I never disagreed with what he said about the effectiveness of passing guard. That's how I would choose to fight. However, it doesn't mean that guys are not winning fights by not passing guard, nor does it mean that the game has changed in that respect.
I thought it was funny that he also mentioned rubber guard because the vast majority of guys that (try to) utilize rubber guard in MMA (the fights that I have seen) usually only accomplish one thing, and that is holding the guy in your guard.
I wish I had the time to watch the last 20 UFCs and count how many times rubber guard was used, how many times it was used properly/successfully vs. how many times a guy either won or advanced his position from striking within the guard. I am confident that the numbers are not even close to what Bravo was saying/thinking.
What bothered me about it was that he was insinuating that his style has significantly evolved MMA (or something to that angle). MMA has certainly evolved to incorporate different guards, rather than the classic closed guard, if Bravo said that, then I would agree with him, striking from the guard has been, is and will be a big part of the game. Unless there is a rule change, I am confident it will stay the same.
All this article was was a huge advert for his style of JJ. What the heck is he saying that JJ is the only aspect of MMA where you get exposed? Give me a break. The comments he made about Hughes just about had me dry heaving.