Is sambo better than Jiu-Jitsu? Well, if you ask Gordon Ryan, it kind of is… At least in MMA.
Here’s what Ryan had to say about the “age old question” in a recent conversation with the Thiccc Boy Studios:
So… Definitely in MMA, sambo guys are doing a lot better than Jiu-Jitsu guys are. That’s because sambo guys have far better wrestling – and they have better submission wrestling – than Jiu-Jitsu guys.
Of course, Ryan emphasizes that the context has to be taken into the equation:
And it all depends on what context you’re talking about.
If you put a sambo guy in ADCC, for example, they do notoriously bad. But if you see them in MMA, they’re doing pretty well there.
I think it depends on the context you’re talking about.
But when it comes to submission grappling in and of itself? Yes – Gordon Ryan gives the advantage to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:
But I think, definitely for grappling, our Olympics is the ADCC. If you look at sambo guys competing in ADCC, they do notoriously bad compared to Jiu-Jitsu guys.
So that’s why I give the edge, at least in grappling, to Jiu-Jitsu.
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