Many people watched the much-awaited fight between Tyrone Woodley and Demian Maia last Saturday night. What we were all hoping for was a great battle between two of the best fighters in the world. Could BJJ-specialist and world champ Damian Maia get knock-out king Woodley to the ground and choke him out? Or would Woodley stuff his take downs and knock the over-matched Maia into next week?
Well, what we got was an underwhelming and to be honest kind of boring fight. Title holder Woodley fought to avoid losing, while challenger Maia just couldn’t impose his Jiu Jitsu game. Woodley hit and ran, which to be honest I just don’t like while, Maia just had nothing for Woodley and his NCAA caliber wrestling.
So, what does this have to do with Ventura County and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Or to be more specific, what does it have to do with Ojai Valley MMA?
I came into the studio at 5:30 am for our early morning “Fight Camp” class (cardio and strength-building workout based on martial-arts competition physical conditioning) and spoke to Carl Fronhofer our wrestling coach. “Hey Coach, did you watch the fights?”
“Could you have taken Woodley down?”
“I did!” he answered matter of factly, “every time we wrestled”. The fact is you start MMA fights on your feet, you start BJJ matches on your feet, you start judo, wrestling and sambo matches on your feet. You never get in a fight and say, “ok jackass I bet you won’t come down here and say that”.
If you aren’t training takedowns you just aren’t fully training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
And at Ojai Valley MMA we have the best wrestling instructor in Ventura County, maybe even the state. Coach Carl not only was on the US wrestling team, but was head coach at Columbia University. And if that is not enough, Renan Vital, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Pan Am champ, and also Judo Black belt gives us the gi side of taking people down. At this wonderful school in the heart of the Ojai Valley we have the instructors that can teach you how you can get the fight to the ground. And then, the instructors to teach you how to finish once you are there.