Hi all, long time viewer, first time poster.
Just wanted your opinion on the level of takedowns practised within BJJ?
After watching Andre Galvaos performance on Strikeforce Saturday night, it seemed evident he had no answer for the takedown defence of his opponent, his takedowns seemed flimsy to say the least, no setting them up with strikes, slow penetration, etc.
Given that the main prowess of BJJ is the ground game, what are you to do if you are unable to actually turn the fight in to a ground one? Is this evidence that pulling guard or sparring from the knees has become too much of an easy option and training takedowns has become overlooked?
When you look back at the old Rorion/Royce instrcutionals the main strategy of the game was to close the distance, initiate a takedown and place the opponent in to your environment, secure your position and then look for the finish, it just feels that there are more and more instances coming up where you have great wrestlers becoming great strikers being able to keep top class BJJ players on their feet and eventually dominating the fight.
There also appear to be more top level wrestlers becoming proficient in BJJ now too, when you see performances like Andre's you wonder if the same is happening the other way around.
What are you thoughts on this, is "sports" BJJ affecting this? do BJJ players competing in MMA need to re-address their training/tactics?
Genuinely interested in your thoughts on this