Ben Askren — the former Bellator Welterweight Champion and arguably the best fighter to never set foot in the UFC octagon — is not a fan of Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s drilling — or, to put it more accurately, the lack of it.
“It drives me insane,” Askren told Joe Rogan on the latest episode of The Joe Rogan Experience.
He later elaborated.
We know without a shadow of a doubt, just saying “go” for five minutes is not the most effective way to train someone. Does not happen. So in wrestling, there’s a whole bunch of…some days you could do matches, some days you might do a thirty minute go, some days you might do groups of one-minute goes, some days you might do situations…most people if you say “go” for five minutes, they’re not disciplined enough to make themselves do new skills. They revert to whatever they do best.
What do you all think? Does BJJ suffer from a lack of drilling? Do us “soft art” guys need to take Askren’s advice and follow in the footsteps of wrestling?
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In the meantime, check out a portion of Ben Askren’s interview on The Joe Rogan Experience.