Just read a book on UK MMA by Mick Bower 'Bloody Revolution'-a good read in my opinion. Anyway through these pages the grappling arts are touched upon. I found it quite enlightening. This has made my enquiring mind ask a few more questions.
But a couple of questions-how is catch as catch can different from freestyle?
As described in the book catch is more viscious and looking constantly for the submission. Is that right?
I realise this is a noob question but does Freestyle have submissions? From reading the book I understand that catch has been forgotten by the country that spawned. Yet the likes of Sakuraba (the 'Gracie hunter') style is essentially a catch style.
Bower talks of the bias for example in UFC commentatory whereby they are very in the know regarding BJJ yet catch is not really acknowledged (Bower talks of Gracie's having better 'marketing').
Now in the book Luta Livre & BJJ is described as arriving on the same scene in the same city (Rio). It then describes Livre as practised by the working classes and BJJ by the middle classes. Comparions are made with Luta to no-gi wrestling i.e. no gi being used.
The version I heard before that (from an interview with a Gracie) is that the Luta Livre were a bunch of BJJ guys that seperated out from BJJ when they were at the purple belt stage and did there own thing. Again class was linked in with the Livre guys being renowned also for causing the occasional riot, etc.
Which is true with the origins of Livre? It's generally regarded as a more or less equal to BJJ nowadays, right?
Very many thanks and I am sure this debate will interest many people