Although the majority of Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors opt to pull guard early in their match, there are still many who chose to engage in the stand-up battle for the top position. In deep contrast with the typical guard pullers such as Miyao Brothers or Mackenzie Dern we have Rodolfo Vieira, Marcus “Buchecha”, “Xande” Ribeiro, Vitor Oliveira, Victor Silverio, to name a few.
The BJJ takedown/throwing rulebook is very flexible when comparing to more specialized sports such as judo or greco-roman wrestling. The broader range of allowed techniques and grips allied with the many flying submissions and guard pulls to single leg/ankle-picks takedowns competitors look for in jiu jitsu matches make a unique grappling cocktail, one that often provides spectacular matches.
In this particular segment of BJJ Heroes, we looked for a few interesting stand-up battles found in jiu jitsu matches, both with the gi and without.
Amaury Bitetti vs Ryan Gracie (Brazilian Nationals 1998)
Mark Kerr vs Leonardo Vieira
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