Rafael Jovet-Ramos: The Future of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rafael Jovet-Ramos has years of experience as a Brazilian
jiu-jitsu practitioner. He has witnessed how this form of art has slowly been
taken up in America. Just a few years back, BJJ was relatively unknown among
Americans, and tournaments were restricted to Brazil and Europe. Today, more
and more Americans are getting involved in BJJ after realizing the massive
benefits it offers.
While BJJ was originally developed purely as a form of self-defense, it has since morphed into two distinct categories: Gracie jiu-jitsu and Sport jiu-jitsu. The former still sticks to the original intentions, but the latter is more dynamic and less adherent to traditions, focusing on physical benefits and entertainment instead. In the future, we might see further splitting.
Some of the original skills and techniques are gradually being watered down. For example, there are now proponents of belting without rolling. In the future, we might experience other similar changes.
However, it is important to learn and perfect all the original techniques even if their usage is declining. Instructors, in particular, need to teach their students all the vital techniques. The decision to use, dump or reinvent a given technique should be made by the students.
Despite all the changes being made, Rafael Jovet-Ramos believes it is important to keep the basics intact. They form the foundation of everything else in BJJ. Things like breaking the guard and mastery of ground movements should be given the attention they deserve. The future of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a bright one that we should all look forward to.