Should slams should be legal in grappling only tournaments?
Should slams should be legal in grappling only tournaments? That is a question for the ages. One of the best matches of the Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling Championship (ADCC) this weekend, Jeff Glover vs Geo Martinez, had a vicious slam in the match. The slam in this video obviously affected the outcome. Slams are legal in ADCC to break submissions. Do you think slams should be legal in grappling only tournaments? In ADCC and Metamoris, slams are allowed to avoid submissions. I understand that defense against slam should be taught in all jiu-jitsu and grappling schools across America.Â Just because slams are illegal doesn’t mean someone won’t make a mistakeÂ and slam you. Learning to fall and how to absorb a slam also applies to other takedowns and other situations. It’s one of those things that is just useful to know. I believe teaching slamming and slamming defenseÂ should be taughtÂ on a crash pad so people know how to avoid the slam if on the receiving end, and how to properly load their hips to execute a slam.Â AtÂ the end of the day, BJJ matches aren’t meant for competitorsÂ to get hurt. You tap before you get hurt. There is no place for a move that has its purpose in hurting people in my humble opinion. This would probably turn sport BJJ into a battle of people trying to pick each other up and slam each other to incapacitate their opponent, and that would make sport BJJ even less ‘realistic’. It is not the martial arts way. Eddie Bravo has a great in my opinion.Â In his tournament, if somebody locks you in a submission and you can lift them above your waist, they have to let go. This encourages people to use the proper moves if somebody tries to pick them up. What are your thoughts?