I had the opportunity of supporting my Jiu Jitsu coach, Orlando Alonso this last weekend at an event where he fought in a super fight with MMA fighter and Jiu Jitsu black belt, Jamie Fletcher.
Some details for perspective. Coach is a really good brown belt, and the guy he fought is a black belt! Yes, it was a super fight and the organizers put the match-up together. Coach weighs in at roughly 160lbs. Not a super huge guy, but we love to tell him he has broad shoulders 🙂 His opponent on the other hand, wasn’t a small man, weighing in over 200lbs. A slight advantage I would say. He was my size, all muscle.
It was a 10 minute match in which ended in a draw. Coach was close to a sweep in a few situations but ultimately there were no points or submissions.
Sometimes the key isn’t beating your opponent, it’s not letting them beat you. This is another great example of how impactful Jiu Jitsu can be for self-defense in mismatched situations (David & Goliath).
Technique trumps all, and if this isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is!
Props to everyone that came out to compete and support Carlson Gracie Team on the mats. Special shout out to Alfred Carling for taking a match on 10 minutes notice against a brown belt. Alfred is a purple belt for those that don’t know. That is the Carlson Gracie way. Anytime, any place!