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Why is BJ Penn called the Prodigy?

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  1. dontreallycare Green Belt

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    i've heard people saying he beat black belts and won mundials as a blue belt. Which is not true. Yeah he won yeah, and that is impressive. But he was a black belt when he won.

    Also people posting videos of him demolishing judo guys as a white belt. But when he beat those judo black belts, he was not a bjj white belt, he looked closer to a purple belt. He just had to wear the judo white belt. Of course he would school those guys.

    I would like facts.
    What are his most impressive accomplishments as a Bjj Practitioner?

    Post videos if you can.

    And fuck all you angry nerds

    Thanks
     
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  2. SocraticMethod Kingmaker

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    The 3 years to get his bb is what I had always heard as the reason.
     
  3. Mau Gold Belt

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    It's just the BB in 3 years and winning the mundials, nothing more.
     
  4. Cam Zink Disorderly Conduct Banned

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    No more posts needed.

    /thread.
     
  5. SongXIII Red Belt

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    This question required a thread. It's never been answered before.
     
  6. GordaoPreguico Red Belt

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    He can play piano like a boss after a few weeks of practice.
     
  7. Mikeyz Silver Belt

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    Because he was considered a naturally gifted MMA competitor.

    Anybody that wins the BJJ world championship after only training for 3 years deserves that name. (and I am not a Penn fan)
     
  8. p4p503error** White Belt

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    and being able to put his right elbow in his left ear
     
  9. tsully Green Belt

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    Did you even attempt to search anything?

    Got his blackbelt in like 2 or 3yrs
    First non Brazilian to win gold in the black belt division
     
  10. Junior D S Orange Belt

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    I agree I prefer BJ the GOAT Penn.
     
  11. clift Black Belt

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    Yup.

    There are guys rolling for 15 years that don't have their black belts.... BJ did it in 3.
     
  12. K1HerosNakamura Black Belt

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    I think it's a little bit misleading, the whole "earned his bb in 3 years" thing. His brother was training before that, and BJ would roll with him all the time. Maybe he first paid dojo fees formally and got a blackbelt 3 years after, which is still damn impressive, but its not like he was a total noob when he first stepped on the mats from what I understand.
     
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    Because he likes drumb and bass. Respeck.
     
  14. clift Black Belt

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    That's the phenomenal thing about it, right there.

    Here's the story of BJ Penn's first BJJ class...

    http://www.blackbeltmag.com/daily/traditional-martial-arts-training/brazilian-jiu-jitsu/b-j-penn%E2%80%99s-first-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-lesson/

    "I told the Penns that while I only knew a little Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I had been a martial artist and teacher for most of my adult life. First, I would teach them what I knew, and then we would work on mastering the techniques. Because I could tap them out with ease, they thought I was really good, but I remember telling them, “Wait until you roll with some blue belts. They’re like gods!”

    After a few workouts, B.J.’s friends started showing up to train. Once, B.J.’s older brother Jay Dee came by, and I couldn’t tap him out. Despite his ever-present smile, he was one strong guy. One of B.J.’s friends, Cabbage, started training with us and eventually became a professional fighter. Cabbage was a nice kid who had really long hair, a big belly, and sweated twice as much as most people. When you rolled with Cabbage, you were going to get wet."
     
  15. K1HerosNakamura Black Belt

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    Also I think this flexibility helped the legend grow
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  16. Concrete Steel Belt

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    Cleverly dismissing what he did, you should be a lawyer.
     
  17. chaoticmayhem Brown Belt

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    he's called the prodigy because it sounded cool when they made up the nickname.
     
  18. KeiranMc Brown Belt

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    That and the fact that he is a prodigy.
     
  19. DarthChen731 Gold Belt

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    Cause it sounded way better than BJ "That Beastly, Rich Hawaiian Kid" Penn
     
  20. pclanadmin2 SFA3 Belt

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    3 years is the reason
     

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