Ben Askren has always been very critical of Jiu-Jitsu. After all, Askren famously self promoted himself to black belt in BJJ:
A few months ago, when as a guest on the Joe Rogan podcast, Askren went in detail about how Jiu-Jitsu academies are doing it wrong when it comes to organizing a training session.
Askren believes that there is no sense in doing 5 minute rounds in BJJ training sessions:
Now Askren went at again and this time criticized BJJ’s lack of takedowns on his podcast Funky and FRB 29.
Brian asked Askren:
What are the main differences between a Jiu-Jitsu takedown and a Wrestling one?
Askren: Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t have takedowns! They don’t exist!
Brian: So how do they teach their people on how to take the fight to the ground?
Askren:Now let me explain it to you very simply. My main issue with Jiu-Jitsu, and I think it’s pretty simple to grasp. Ok you can get 2 points for a takedown, in most of the organizations like ADCC (sic) , IBJJF. I know because I competed in both of those. So this is the way I see it. If we’re in a BJJ competition, and you suck and I suck and we both agree to go for a takedown, then one of us is going to get two points right?
Robert Drysdale has also talked about Jiu-Jistu lack of focus takedown:
There actually are, every takedown in judo and wrestling is legal in bjj. Its just that we suck at them. Lots of work ahead.
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