My instructor's latest blog entry; interesting: http://groundzero.com.au/diaryview.php?diaryid=44 "It seems like just yesterday when I first watched Royce Gracie destroy all comers in UFC 1,2 and 3 and his cousin Renzo do the same in The World Combat Championships ( which preceeded the UFC ) but now the world seems to have forgotten just how good BJJ is. They all think you need to add striking to it to make it work... rubbish! MMA is the new buzzword and students are flocking to gyms wanting to emulate the training of their UFC heroes and pretend they are Chuck Liddell but the new UFC ( as opposed to the original with less rules ) really isnt the testing ground for a martial arts style anymore, its a commercial venture making millions of dollars that once upon a time was on once or twice a year and now is on monthly ( I dont blame them, make hay while the sun shines ). Im conflicted by it. I like the fact that now people have a more realistic idea about martial arts than they did twenty years ago, and BJJ has risen in popularity as a main component of UFC fighters, but then again people have lost sight of the effectiveness of the art too. When the organisers of the UFC saw that BJJ was going to basically win all the matches and their main audience at th time was strikers they saw the end of huge viewing numbers and the pressure of the nevada state athletic commission also had its influence and Im sure gets a nice paycheck now they sanction ultimate fighting to compensate for the decrease in boxing viewing as a result of the popularity of UFC. Introducing gloves ( meaning the grappler now has to develop puncing power like a striker ) , smaller time limits ( and hense the greater chance of a striker being able to win ) has totally changed the UFC and its combatants. BJJ Im sure would have continued its historical winning streak had it not been for those two main changes, and now the ' no striking to the back of the head' rules has everyone giving their backs freely... whats next? I reckon after watching the last two UFC s ( 80 and 81 ) they will make elbows to the head illegal soon as there is just too much blood ( it does look terrible ) but we will see what happens, it could just end up a good old fashioned pillow fight in the end with the loser the first one to have no feathers left in their pillow. the fighting is fun to watch and all that but remember in the street there wil be no ref to stand you up each round and there will be no gloves so every time you punch him you will probably break a finger or knuckle so you probably dont want to hit him much, so what will you do? Good old BJJ. Take him down and choke him thats what! Effectiveness never goes out of style."