Jacare was at our gym in Plano today for a seminar (no-gi) and it was a great success, not to mention a hell of a workout! Jacare has taught the best seminars I have attended, this being my second of his, and I felt like I came away with even more new info this time. Not to mention he spoke to us at the break about the evolution of MMA and BJJ's place in it.
He explained how comparing one style to another is silly, and how no one can claim their style is better than anothers'. Each style, whether it be striking or grappling, he explained, gives you the tools to win any fight. But to win every fight, you must know every type of combat training, to be well-rounded.
He also asked, "have you noticed if someone has a strong guard game, every time they train they pull guard immediately. Why, if you are at the top of that facet of the game, do you continue to work that primarily? You must focus and train on what you don't know, whether it be striking or grappling. BJJ, Muay Thai, independently, none of them are the answer." (paraphrased).
Interesting how our teachers who have roots deep in the early generations BJJ are the quickest to evolve, while many on these forums with far less knowledge of their primary fighting base argue endlessly on the comparisons between styles.
An excellent seminar as always, and a friendly, passionate person who enjoys life. Jacare will be teaching a gi seminar in Irving at Mohler's Jiu-Jitsu tomorrow. If you can go, please attend.