And the wheel keeps on turning. This is why I love jiu jitsu.
As long as you don't die and keep on training, you will keep on learning.
Alliance counter 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh4GDZAz2JI
Mendes counter to that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgeKjHJcNms
Alliance counter 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2cdVBFMywg
Mendes counter to that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpAAVSeHjnY
Checkmat counter 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fho3nmhPwY
Checkmat counter 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1KgLQs6_SY
Mendes counter to those:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OwSRuyJJmQ
Winner of the South American tryouts for the ADCC 2009, featherweight Rafael Mendes saw one of his inventions, the 50/50 guard, become easily the most bombarded of the year. Bombarded both in theory and in practice, with Alliance coming up with counter-attacks especially for it, to untie the knot the position has become.
But he doesn’t want to hear of controversy. In preparation for the ADCC 2009, Rafael commented to GRACIEMAG.com about his training, new inventions and even praised the antidotes for the “dastardly” guard. But the counter-attack, as he himself reveals, is already in the works.
What did you guys think when you saw on GRACIEMAG.com the escapes from the 50/50 guard created by Alliance?
I think everything is valid, but you can’t forget that the one on bottom has two arms to use, and his hands aren’t tied. They are showing positions in which the guy on bottom is like an immobile dummy. That makes it easy. But it’s all valid, from these attempts better positions will come about. I think this was a huge step, instead of criticizing they are trying to evolve.