EBI 11 Combat Jiu-Jitsu
This past Sunday the Eddie Bravo Invitational added the Bantamweight Combat Jiu-Jitsu Championship to their line-up on UFC Fight Pass and it was glorious. The California Amateur Mix Martial Arts Organization sanctioned four man tournament quite possibly the highlight of the night. The event itself took a different tone the second that first slap was landed. If you have yet to watch or are unfamiliar with it, I hope to educate you on what exactly it is and how it could benefit your martial arts training.
What is it?
There are different versions from what I’ve seen. Some involve gloves with the ability to strike, similar to Pankration, while others like EBI have modified the rules. In EBI no strikes were allowed while both competitors were standing but once some one went to the ground open hand strikes were perfectly legal. For example during the between JM Holland and Chad George, Holland dropped onto his butt immediately and received a few stern slaps while playing open guard.
Understand that under the EBI rules you’re not limited to just slaps. The strikes can actually be modified as hard palm strikes to the body, legs, or head. It truly does make playing certain guards difficult or damn near impossible. An inverted guard for example may not work well for you, especially if you get stuck in that position.
All other submission are completely legal as they normally are with EBI formatted Jiu-Jitsu events. The only time that you can’t strike is during the over time period which reverts back to the traditional EBI format.
Martial Arts Training
I think this brand of Combat Jiu-Jitsu would be great for someone’s training and growth in the martial arts. I understand that not everyone will want to participate in something like this. In the wrong environment or school this could cause tempers to flair. Not to mention that it adds a higher risk of injury.
Rebellion Academy here in San Diego for example, has added gloves to some of their training and personally I think it’s a great idea. If you’re training only to win medals in competition then none of this will interest you. But if you are someone who is looking to grow as a martial artist this is an awesome addition to your training. It will force your Jiu-Jitsu to become honest with itself. It’s possible that as you develop this form of martial arts training that large segments of your game may come into question when it comes to self defense. It’s better to know now than when when you really need it.
What It Means for the Growth of Jiu-Jitsu
Over the years the industry has been trying various Jiu-Jitsu formats in order to give the sport more exposure. IBJJF for example, streamed the Worlds but fell short with the slower pace of the Gi. Not to mention the fact that too many divisions were ending in close outs. Metamoris’ submission only was big for a short time but failed to resolve the issue of having too many time limit draws. The traditional EBI rule set has offered a viewer friendly format that can one day be seen in the Olympics. It’s fast paced and there’s always a winner. Now with the addition of Combat Jiu-Jitsu, it’s something that I can see being shown on ESPN at some point.
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