Originally Posted by raley
Thanks for the replies guys. Another question I have is about MMA/BJJ. In competition is it like what you see on TV (UFC)? I mean, am I going to have guys punching me and kneeing me in the head with (essentially, but for those little gloves) bare knuckles?
I don't know if I seem weak for not wanting to get hit in the face, but it seems like not the best idea for future work/life to have a face that is all beat up number one, and number two, I don't want to get stupid from being hit in the head a bunch.
ok, mma and bjj are two different things.
mma is "mixed martial arts", so it encompasses punching, kicking, clinch, takedowns, throws, submissions and strikes on the ground.
bjj is considered part of mma, but it is a separate art/sport. bjj or submission wrestling tournaments come in two forms. gi (wearing bjj uniform) and no-gi (no uniform, just shorts). there is absolutely no striking in bjj or sub wrestling tournaments. also, most tournaments disallow slamming or high-altitude throws. the rules are very similar to what you are used to in wrestling, however, you can also win a match by submitting your opponent with a joint lock or choke. when you "tap-out" (tapping your opponent numerous times with your hand) that means you give up and lose the match.
mma competition allows striking, kicking and submission. depending on the state, they might have an amateur league and a pro league. amateur rules usually disallow strikes to the head when on the ground, and other safety rules. however, most states don't have amateur leagues as of yet. pro mma is pretty brutal and not something you want to do until you're ready. it's pretty similar to what you see on the UFC, with differences in rules depending on the location of the fight.
got it? so bjj has no strikes. you won't get fucked up. that's why i think it's a great art for people to learn. you can do it forever and it's effective as self-defense. also a great workout.
like i said before, even if you do boxing, you're not gonna get fucked up, please read why in my previous post. but, if you want to make super-sure, do bjj, because there are no strikes.