Pinduka: “Jiu-Jitsu today is sh*t. Very restricted”


“Jiu-Jitsu today is shit. Very restricted. The guys put so much effort in one advantage. Back in the days, we fought to finish. I don’t follow the competitions any more. They (the federations) started prohibiting too many situations.

The finish is the essence, but then they create the advantage because finishing is too difficult. Slamming is illegal and rude, but the purpose of the coach is to teach how to prevent the slam from happening rather than ban the position. Just one example.

I witnessed the birth of Jiu-Jitsu and currently it is full of restrictions and federations. The federations took from jiu jitsu the sporting and commercial value but removed the essence. Before it was more effective and efficient for life. Today, I see black belt Jiu-Jitsu leaving to go train Krav Maga. I see black belt taking a beating in the street. Jiu-Jitsu lost the essence of self-defense.


In a recent interview with Brazil’s Tatame Magazine, BJJ Legend Fernando Pinduka (pictured) discussed the current state of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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