Jethro Randolph 2021
Following on from my last post:
This is an interesting video as it sets out recommended strength levels in the context of BJJ competition. Yes, there are weight classes but there is also the strength to weight ratio of the athlete to consider. The stronger you are, the more advantage you have. This is not the only factor but it is there and it is real.
This does go against a lot of marketing you will come across about smaller people beating all comers with xyz martial art...
From a self defence point of view this video is relevant for a number of reasons:
Being strong protects you and helps you general day to day life. As does being healthy and fit. It's one of the keys to longevity.
Being strong and importantly LOOKING strong is one way of not getting picked on by bullies/ criminals who look at you as basically a risk to them in terms of resistance. It's not a guarantee and in fact in some circumstances you can be seen as a challenge by smaller more aggressive types but it's a general help to look like you can put up a fight if picked on.
The stronger (and fitter) you are, the better you will be able to defend yourself - whatever your comfort zone is currently in terms of physical exertion - I guarantee a fight for your life is well outside of it.
However skilled you are technically - the other person's superior strength, size and fitness ( as well as other factors) are a weapon to be used effectively against you. SD has no weight classes you can very well face several people at the same time - the context of fair play sport does not apply.
It's not practical for the average person with many demands in their life to emulate an athlete but factoring in basic strength and conditioning training is an essential step in being able to defend yourself.
This is a useful video for seeing what are the minimums required for competition in wrestling types of arts like BJJ.