For smaller grapplers out there in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world, things can be a little tricky when you enter competitions and step onto the mat to see that your opponent is a hulking figure, almost double your weight.Daunting, yes, impossible? Far from it.
As someone who’s lucky to weight 135 lbs after going to an all-you-can-eat buffet, I have made it my mission in the sport to study the games of successful smaller grapplers ( just a small sample of everything I’ve written on the subject) and how they succeed against larger oppositions.
There are few lightweight grapplers that turn heads and have the recognition that Caio Terra has. Truly one of the greats, Caio has left his footprint in the sport and is an undisputed king of the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. A multiple time world champion, Caio wrecks the big guys.
By studying the games of the elite lightweight grapplers, or by watching film on the tendencies of larger grapplers, you can quickly put to rest any worries about size differences. By equipping yourself with this knowledge, you are opening doors on the mat that otherwise wouldn’t have been there. Trust me; studying film is one of the best ways to develop your skills!
Rooster weight world champion Caio Terra who weighs around 55 kilos/121 lbs has already won 2 Open weight golds at IBJJF Opens (US nationals and Las Vegas Open in 2010, and silver at San Francisco Open in 2013).
He had beaten the world class Bruno Bastos (220 lbs) in the 2010 US nationals (see the video below) and by doing so, won the open weight division.
“Bruno was a gentleman on the mats,” Terra says, “He showed really good sportsmanship. He was very cool.” As a competitor, Terra said, “His base is very good. His weight seems way stronger than he is.” Caio Terra then said
“I tried to crush him, but there were so many legs flying around!” Bastos says that Terra is very tough. “He won the open in Las Vegas and now again. I have to train more with small guys. He’s very flexible. I kept trying to pass his guard, but couldn’t.” Said Bastos about Terra.
No matter how you look at it, being a smaller grappler isn’t the easiest thing, but it’s not impossible either. Know how to properly function and read your opponent will only pay off in the long run, and will help chop larger grapplers down to size.
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