Oooh as if my ego needed more massaging LOL!

Here's a little interview I did with fightwear company Black Eagle on all sorts of questions about the BJJ scene in the UK. I hope it's an interesting and informative read, I actually had to try to think hard and come up with sensible answers for a change hahah!

Read it here: Black Eagle interviews Seymour Yang.

Thanks.

6 comments:

slideyfoot said...

Cool - good job, Seymour! :)

Meerkatsu said...

Thanks!
I think I should also point out that the interview was geared mainly towards the non-BJJ reader, since most of Black Eagle's customers are from other martial art disciplines.

Georgette said...

Very well spoken, Seymour! I loved it. :)

A.D. McClish said...

I think it is interesting to hear that some people are turned off from BJJ by the "lve sparring". I would have thought that would make BJJ all the more appealing when compared to some other martial arts. That is one thing that got me addicted right from the start. You learn a technique and then immediately have the chance to test it against a resisting opponent. It never occurred to me that this would be a turn off for some people. To each his own, I suppose. :)

SkinnyD said...

A really fun interview. Loved the story about wearing your purple belt to class by mistake :)

slideyfoot said...

@Allie: I've always assumed the reason is that live sparring is hard and often uncomfortable, especially compared to the very light contact alternative in something like TKD, aikido or various other TMA.

It takes a good while to get used to somebody sitting on top of you trying to twist your arms the wrong way, and some people don't like facing up to their ego (which also goes for people who do try BJJ: hence the large numbers of people who don't stick it out).

However, I wonder if that's an oversimplification, and there are deeper reasons? It would be interesting to do a proper study on it, though I'm not sure how that would work.