Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is rising in popularity around the world, rapidly.
But no matter how rapid its growth, it is extremely doubtful if it will ever be as popular as, perhaps, the most popular sport on the planet. Football. (Or “soccer”, for the US readers out there).
However, Craig Jones thinks that there are a lot of similarities between, notably, gi Jiu-Jitsu and soccer.
Here’s what he had to say about the topic:
I think soccer and the gi have a lot of similarities.
In soccer, a whole lot of time is spent with neither guy coming close to scoring, neither of the teams coming close to scoring.
And when they do, obviously, [there is] a big celebration.
You see, gi Jiu-Jitsu guys celebrate 2 points like a soccer player would celebrate scoring a goal.
The shirts come off, the tears come out.
He then shared some additional similarities, as well as a big difference between the sports:
But, other similarities… A lot of confusion on the rules. A lot of complaining to the ref. A lot of fake fouls.
But again, a major difference between gi Jiu-Jitsu and soccer is people actually watch soccer.
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