martedì 22 dicembre 2015

Eddie Bravo: Jiu Jitsu is a sport of death

In the last EBI's edition the 16 years old Sofie Lee injured  her right knee to not tap out a heel hooks from her opponent Riley Breedlove.
After this incident a debate started in the Grappling community, so Mr. Bravo decided to bann heel hooks for minors competing under EBI rules*. This is what Bravo has to say about the controversy:

“For kids, heel hooks were not allowed at EBI. They all wanted it, they’re 14 and I let them have it. They all wanted it, and I decided for them I’ll change the rules.

All my kids at my school train heel hooks, from day one. We’ve been reaping for 12 years, since day one, and we don’t have a problem with people’s knees getting ripped apart.

I think it’s a fear of leglocks – it’s like sharks. Everyone thinks you jump in the ocean and Jaws is going to get you, like from the movies. Yeah they are dangerous, but you’re going to be fine out there surfing. And it’s not as dangerous as they appear to be.

Yeah she (Sofie Lee) did get hurt, she popped her knee. But again, will I allow heelhooks for minors in the future? No, I won’t do that. I did, and it became an issue on the internet and I’m not going to go through that again – we banned heel hooks permanently for minors on EBI.

[Sofie] is in great spirits – she’s limping around – but you know, that happens in this sport, [THIS IS A SPORT OF DEATH]. Whether you’re a kid, or a grown-ass man, you know it’s dangerous. Unfortunately she got hurt. But I made a move to ban them – forever, now, because of this issue.”

This is the transcript that FloGrappling made of the Interview but they forgot to write that Eddie Bravo said that Jiu jitsu/grappling is a sport of death! The question is: What is Jiu Jitsu to Eddie Bravo an Hunger Games?


* EBI Rules: nothing is possible find about these mysterious rules.

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