If Jiu Jitsu was a test of strength, we could just have a set of weights at the door – and a contest as you come in to see who is strongest, and then go home having never touched the mats. Now wouldn’t that be silly?
You know how new White belts rely on strength and physicality? And upper belts tell them they should use less strength and more technique, right? But wait… some upper belts come across as using strength at times don’t they? Have you ever noticed how a 165 pound black belt can feel like he weighs over 200 pounds? The experienced guys can focus their strength in ways that perhaps make you think they are much stronger than you or that they are using strength but that may or may not be true.
In this interesting video, we see Olympic weightlifter and 1 stripe BJJ white belt Zack Telander in an intense rolling session with accomplished BJJ black belt competitor Kody Steel.
Steel is a Combat Jiu-Jitsu world champion and also a elite level black belt No Gi bjj competitor.
Telander started BJJ just a few months ago.
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Telander is significantly bigger than Steele and he does a really good job in the 4mins roll that started standing. Check it out, it’s an awesome and intense roll:
Reaction about the roll by Ramsey Dewey: