Garry vs Rousimar

Polaris 3

Main Event


Poole, UK

Garry Tonon vs Rousimar Palhares

Garry Tonon has made his name in no gi events: Metamoris, Eddie Bravo Invitational, No Gi Pans, Polaris and ADCC.  Regardless if he wins or loses, he is fun to watch.  Stalling does not exist in his repertoire.

Rousimar Palhares is known for one thing:  his inability to let go of submissions when people tap.  Doesn’t matter if its a grappling event, MMA fight, or – rumor has it-  even in regular training, he won’t let go.   He is the dirtiest fighter today.

Polaris is a UK- based professional grappling promotion of submission only super fights.  For this event in 2016, Gary and Rousimar agreed to a catchweight of 83kg (~183 lbs).  I don’t know the official weigh in, but it looks like Garry could have weighed in fully clothed with a backpack on to meet the limit.

So we have Garry, who is always attacking, and Rousimar, who is always trying to injure.  A classic MFM edition.

Enjoy Garry vs Rousimar.

The Art of Chunking

When you first were learning to read, you started with sounding out each constant and vowel of the alphabet.  Then came simple words: cat, hat, can,  that were easy to recognize once you understood how the alphabet was used to form words.   As your vocabulary began to broaden, you started to see patterns which made your reading and comprehension flow, as if it was already natural to you.

Now, with your learning complete, you can read the following:

I cnduo’t bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan  mnid,  aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are

What you just did was recall and organize the data from prior experiences, formulate patterns, and perform the exercise to read the passage with little or no problems.  This is chunking: the efficient organization of information in your mind so that you may recall knowledge faster and store more information.

For us that train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, chunking is a powerful concept because it accentuates what we are always striving for: efficiency.   Efficient, organized, technical training will help create the habit of chunking.   You must obsess over the minutia of every technique to understand its dimensions, cause and effect, leverage, and direction.  You must practice it over and over.  As time goes on, each characteristic of the technique blends together in chunks and the technique becomes fluid.   Speed, which at the beginning was slow, clumsy, and staggered, is now clean, unencumbered, and  faster then your opponent.  Accuracy, which once was almost always off the mark, is now on target, all the time.

Chunking does something else.  It takes time, but eventually, it gives you predictive powers.  The more developed your pattern recognition becomes, the faster you recognize what your opponent will attempt against you.

So pay attention to every detail of your training and master the the art of chunking.