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08-24-2010, 02:21 PM
I am in high school right now and i am decideing whether to do wrestling or jiu jitsu. I have wrestled for 2 years before and have seen how importan it is to take someone down in jiu jitsu. Now i am debating whether to join wrestling and keep on getting better on my takedowns or just do jiu jitsu. Also i would like to know if doing wrestling or jiu jitsu now will affect on a possible future career in MMA.
08-24-2010, 02:23 PM
08-24-2010, 02:31 PM
08-24-2010, 02:34 PM
Both for sure
08-24-2010, 02:38 PM
If you are able to do both, you can bet that it will improve your game on both sides of the table. Although you have to be good at remembering which game your playing...lol. I wrestled all through High School, and I was on the Wrestling club team at my college(we didnt have a program) and I always used my Jiujitsu, sambo, and Judo background to aid in my wrestling, but also used my wrestling to aid in those sports as well. If you have the time, and money to do both, def do both!
08-24-2010, 02:56 PM
Dude both will help with future mma career.
08-24-2010, 03:00 PM
Definitely both. I wrestled for 8 years and now do Jiu Jitsu because there is no wrestling here. I love both. :D
They will both aid greatly for MMA. Wrestling has awesome takedowns and great ways to attack the turtle position. And Jiu Jitsu has amazing ground techniques.
08-24-2010, 03:08 PM
I'm gonna go with something different here and say both.
08-24-2010, 03:12 PM
Both for sure the position will be different. You will develope an awesome base and body awareness will be better doing both. Plus you will need both for mma. 20 years wrestling 4 years jiu jitsu.
08-24-2010, 03:36 PM
Focus on not only jj, but more specifically 10p and your flexability. Its about to be all over the place in mma and is a pretty damn good counter to wrestling. I've rolled and sparred a lot of wrestlers and the ones that give me problems are up in weight classes. If you wan't to finish a fight with beautiful violence, 10p. To bad theres no scholarships.
A wrestlers training mentality is a huge benefit though if you need to gain fitness or agility.
08-24-2010, 05:11 PM
The last place I taught had a lot of wrestlers, and they all had a problem! WRESTLERS ARENT ALLOWED ON THEIR BACKS!!! So training both at the same time is not that easy! If you are serious about MMA, I would suggest sticking to wrestling and get as far as you can. Compete, compete, compete! From what I hear, it is better to learn wrestling young due to all the takedowns, your body recovers quicker than in the later years!! I'm 29 now, and I wish I would have at least done 4 years of high school wrestling instead of what I did do......?.....don't really remember what I did :)
08-24-2010, 05:24 PM
The question should not be wrestling or Jiu Jitsu, but wrestling and Jiu Jitsu. I started wrestling at the age of 4 years old. I competed all of my life including at the national level. I started Jiu Jitsu as soon as I become aware of it and I kept on wrestling. I was born to wrestle and I love Jiu Jitsu. The take downs, power, and tenacity that you get from wrestling only compliment the finesse and tranquility of Jiu Jitsu. Catch Wrestling bridges the gap with Jiu Jitsu submission. Jiu Jitsu has revitalized wrestling.
Wrestling makes you unafraid to face tough challenges and Jiu Jitsu makes you unafraid to face your own inner fears. Applying them together is a formidable combination. Don't forget to add a striking art like Muay Thai or Boxing.
08-24-2010, 08:01 PM
I would say go with what you love because you're the one who has to train at it everyday. If you love both and have the time to train at both than I would say to do both. As for wrestling for a MMA career I would look more into a Submission Wrestling form like Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling ("Catch Wrestling") over the collegiate form of wrestling. As I would say to go with 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu over any other BJJ for an MMA career.
When it come's to Catch Wrestling look up Kazushi Sakuraba and Josh Barnett, you will see what I'm talking about. Here's a link that might help as well.
Good Luck & do what you love.
08-24-2010, 08:10 PM
Thanks guys for all of the advice i will definitely do both of them i will just concentrate on wrestling during the season then once the season is over i will go straight to jiu jitsu
08-24-2010, 10:20 PM
yes do both
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