Thursday, March 20, 2008

Uly Wins in 40 Seconds Into First Round, by RNC (Rear Naked Choke)!

Aaaand theeee winnnnner, by way of rear naked choke submission at 40 seconds into round 1, Uuuuuly (not so Useless) Gooooooomez!

I called it right! He did not waste time taking it to the mat, and got a fast submission in round 1. I also actually predicted he would win by RNC, but did not put that in my earlier blog post - but I know that is a favorite of his.

Major congratulations to Uly, and props to everyone who helped him get ready, from Marc Laimon to Brian Clements, Uly's boxing coach.

Stewart and family


Don Gwinn said...

40 seconds? Was that guy a boxer who'd never seen a grappling match, or is he just that dominant?

Bill said...

Just that dominant!

Stewart Rhodes said...

Yep, just that dominant. His opponent supposedly trained MMA to prepare for this fight, which should have included learning how to sprawl and how to break out of clinches, but it takes considerable training to be able to stuff good take-down shots, unless a boxer also wrestled in high school, and that is not something that can be picked up in just a few months - not enough to stop someone as skilled as Uly.

Don Gwinn said...

Training in the lead-up to the fight just isn't enough against someone with the reactions ingrained.

But in the U.S., if you didn't wrestle, you're in trouble. Folkstyle is our version of Judo. I was the worst of the white belts, and coincidentally, the only one who never wrestled.

Stewart Rhodes said...


You are right - folkstyle (high school) wrestling is our nation's version of what judo is in Japan - the school kid's martial art and base grappling style. And wrestling provides a great base for submission grappling and for MMA, and provides elements that more traditional BJJ is not as strong in, such as strong standing grappling, take-downs, take-down defense and very effective top control. Like you, I never wrestled and did not appreciate what it has to offer till just recently.

Of course, many BJJ practitioners are integrating wrestling skills into their jiu jitsu, but there is no denying the benefits of early exposure to wrestling. Uly wrestled in high school, for example.

Also, my nine year old daughter first did about three months of wrestling (mostly takedowns and top control) with Jason Townsend who was teaching wrestling at Xtreme Couture and Cobra Kai, before she started in the jiu jitsu classes over at Cobra Kai, and it really made a big difference.

She routinely out-wrestles the boys in in her class who are in her weight category, beats them in competition, and has won three divisions at two NAGA Events (as a beginner and novice), with solid take-downs, strong top control, and a great base in the mount, where she usually gets an arm-bar. Her only loss so far in competition came when she got stuck with the other kid in her guard (a kid with a bunch more experience) and could not sweep or submit him and she lost on points - we are now working on her guard work to fill that gap in her game.

She is a natural athlete and very tough, but the exposure to some wrestling really gave her an edge. I'm even thinking of having her compete in kids club folkstyle next season.


Stewart Rhodes said...

And of course, my daughter has also benefited from top notch jiu jitsu instruction at Cobra Kai, which really goes without saying!

And at tournaments, both Uly and Marc Laimon are very dedicated coaches who run around like mad-men coaching all of the kids.

As for wrestling and jiu jitsu, go to cobra kai's website at and check out the video on the homepage of the Team Takedown wrestlers teamed up with Cobra Kai Jiu jitsu phenoms for a combination that swept the field. Marc Laiman has been training those top wrestlers, adding in solid, high percentage jiu jitsu, and the result is amazing.

dietas saludables said...

And of course, my little girl has also helped from high quality jiu jitsu training at Cobra Kai, which really goes without saying!