Like I was saying yesterday I never get tired of watching the Gracie challenge matches. Today I wanted to share another one of the matches from 1996. This match features Rick Migliarese who is now one of the head instructors at Balance Studios in Philadelphia. We are lucky to have students from Scranton MMA be welcomed at Balance and we try to visit them at least once a month if not more. This is the earliest footage I can find of Rick but if you search for him on youtube you will find some great matches as well as some crazy workouts that he does.
This match is very similar to a lot of the challenge matches you will see and again this one looks like a pure grappling match. The opponent has some ground skill but there is no real understanding of positions, transitions and the skill and effectiveness was just not there.
It is also kind of funny to see how the fight ends. I mean its a two minute video and that is how it ends. Hard to believe what some people used to think ‘fighting’ was or what you needed to be a good fighter. Gracie Jiu Jitsu really changed and it did so very quickly. Watch the video and let us know what you think. Also if you want to be a part of our next road trip to Balance let us know.