Smaller/Skinnier Guy starting grappling

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by edo, Jan 26, 2006.

  1. edo

    edo Orange Belt

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    I've been considering checking out grappling classes time to time, but always had a worry that I wont find peopel within my weight to start things out on. Now I'm 5'9, 150lbs, which is pretty light, and was wondering what have your experience been starting out in grappling classes (bjj schools/etc.) being on the smaller/lighter side.
     
  2. bammann45

    bammann45 Yellow Belt

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    just start training. bjj is designed for people exactly like you :)
     
  3. Ouch That Hurt

    Ouch That Hurt White Belt

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    Im 5'9'' between 150 and 155 throughout the course of a week. At first you'll struggle with the bigger guys. There is no denying that. After about 6 months I started working a lot of my open guard game because nothing else was working for me. If I got on top they could just bench press me off. So I got use to hanging out underneath. Your game will be far more technical then theirs. After about a month or so I started tangling people up in my legs. A couple months later I was in to spider guard. My instructor got on me about always going to open guard so he had me learn rubber guard. Now Im all over half guard. They have gotten to the point now that they try to pull guard on me because they'll spend mins trying to get through my legs. There is only one person I train with that is actually 10 lbs lighter. I think one is 20 lbs heavier, the rest atleast 40 lbs heavier. Get out there and try it. Just expect that for some time you'll feel like you aren't getting anywhere. But in the long run your are far more technical than the larger guys. And I wouldn't want to train with people my size. When you are use to keeping 200+ guys off of you and you get someone your size, you see how good you actually are.
     
  4. bjjfighter91

    bjjfighter91 Blue Belt

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    wow u think thats bad im 14 105 ( was 112 but wrestling) and i go against people 40+ pounds. I mean people arent going to be asses and overpower you or pick on you cause ur small
     
  5. wOg

    wOg Burien Top Team

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    Yeah, you're not as small as you think. There should be plenty of guys your weight--if not your height ...

    I'd second what OuchThatHurt said about technique. That's what will eventually make the difference (a big difference, I might add) if you stick with it and steadily improve.

    You'll spend some time trying to go strength-on-strength with bigger guys--it's a natural impulse and it will work some of the time (it did for me). But try to resist it and focus on escaping from their "pins" (i.e., side control, mount, rear mount) using the techniques your instructor shows you.

    Just remember that there are more experienced grapplers your size who can completely school the bigger guys you'll have trouble with. The difference is all in the technique. And the technique can be learned.
     
  6. kid dynamite

    kid dynamite STOP! Bottom Brick!

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    dude i was 5'10 and 130 when i started and i was one of the better people there. i'm 150 now and still one of the smallest but i hold my own.
     
  7. Mark Limbaga

    Mark Limbaga Amateur Fighter

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    just start training
     
  8. randomg1t

    randomg1t EVERYTIME CHAMPION

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    im a tiny guy and i get stacked alot but like kid dynamite said, i hold my own.
     
  9. tinker_190

    tinker_190 Brown Belt

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    Don't worry about. Just get yo ass in there. That's an order.
     
  10. Aesopian

    Aesopian Brown Belt

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    Just start training. I'm 150 lbs. and 6'2". And I do fine.
     
  11. lethalweapon

    lethalweapon Blue Belt

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    i'm 5'9, 150lbs.
    don't worry about the size of ur partners. The only thing you need to be concerned about is what your partner brings to their game. Besides being a great sport, bjj is essentially used for self-defense. What better practice then working with bigger guys?

    If you were in a situation on the street, are you gonna coward away and say "dude, that's a big guy... i'm use to working with people my size... will my techniques work on someone like him?"
     
  12. SpikeSpiegel

    SpikeSpiegel White Belt

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    I'm about 6' 2", 165...but I've never done weight training or anything, so I'm not really built or powerful at all. I'm also pretty new to BJJ...probably not even 15-20 classes under my belt. I concur with the people who say you're gonna get beat on at first...guys with better technique and more power/weight will just put you where they want you and submit you from there. This'll sound weird, but watch out for body triangles if somebody takes your back. Smaller people make it easier to get the legs around, so everybody goes for body triangles on me. What I get from talking to my instructors is that since you may not have the strength or weight to fall back on, eventually your technique will be better and you'll eclipse those who rely too much on their power. It'll take time; just keep training.
     
  13. SlaughteringYou

    SlaughteringYou no.

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    that weight is fine man , where i train half the people are witin the 150-170 range
     
  14. Dr. BadAss

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    I'm 5'7 and barely 130. you'll be fine.
     
  15. Waxwingslain

    Waxwingslain oiseau rebelle

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    Same as me when I started. I never gained much strength doing bjj probably because even at that weight I was one of the bigger guys in my club.

    I started lifting when I got my blue belt and while I probably should have started much earlier it made me realise technique is more important than strength.
     
  16. JooJitzoo

    JooJitzoo White Belt

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    Helio Gracie was the smallest kid on the block and had bad vertigo and he pretty much developed most of what gracie jiu jitsu is today.
     
  17. Reeves

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    I started a few months ago and I'm 13, 5'2 or so, and 100 pounds. It's an all adult class so every one is larger than me. It's fine, you should try it.
     
  18. OpethDrums

    OpethDrums Banned Banned

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    just be glad you aren't fat
     
  19. farmboy

    farmboy Banned Banned

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    Wow, I'm not trying to be an ass, but you must be fairly slender. I'm 5'10" 170 and always thought I was pretty scrawny. I guess that's because the guys I train with are usually monsters.
     
  20. Fedorable

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    I am checking out a school next week for my first time ever. I am 5'8" 183lbs.
     

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