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Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone

Does Size Really Matter?

Let’s say that your won the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu genetic lottery; where you were born with a good frame, height way above the average grappler. For those born blessed with this physique, one may think, “oh goodie. He’ll be an instant star in BJJ.” Or probably the lesser gifted players should cower and run for the hills.


Well, I stand around 5’8. And for Asian standard, that’s above average height. However, there are ups and downs to being taller than the common stock: smaller, more experienced BJJ players can still best me. Yes. Size does matter. But there times where technique and experience can put the leverage on the stronger and the bigger.

Well, that’s the good news.

Stepping out on the mats in BJJSmaller guys squirm quicker. Personally, I have difficulty holding them in one place. Well, smaller guys are a lot quicker. Knowing the risk of grappling against a heavier opponent, smaller guys employ techniques such as  foot lucks and trips. They avoid getting mounted especially the side mount. Smaller, though, can scoot out of a bad position. Which makes bigger dudes cringe in annoyance. :)

In my experience, smaller guys have the advantage of taking the back quicker than his bigger counter part. Although holding a bigger guy down can pose a problem. As I’ve noticed in most sparring sessions, smaller guys focus on transitions, passes, and more on subs.

The end is neigh for gargantuan guys like me against smaller guys. Well, for guys who may have the size advantage but has yet to figure out a way to go against guys that are a lot smaller, here are some pointers.

At the beginning of each sparring session, try to have a lower stance. Sprawling will be simpler. Focus on gaining an early sweep for a mount. Any mount will do. As long as you do it right, it shouldn’t be a problem. Mounts and knee-on-belly are rare instances. Almost certainly setting the smaller guy up for failure. Therefore, as bigger guys, anticipate the game of the smaller man with more submissions, sweeps, and points on advantage and position.

I hope this helps.

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