Today’s “Match of the Week” features a great battle between two gamed competitors currently active in the tournament circuit… Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes and Mario Reis! This match between these two amazing athletes took place in the absolute division of the 2010 Sul Americano’s.
Augusto Mendes of Soul Fighters is considered one of the top five BJJers in his weight class; he has beaten some of the best in the world including Rafa Mendes and Claudio Calasans.
Mario Reis, studied BJJ from some of the best in the sport. His former instructors/peers included Mario Sperry, Sylvio Behring, Fabricio Werdum, and now Fabio Gurgel. Some may frown on Reis’ s actions and say that his actions is the antithesis of what is considered “right” in martial arts by seeking outside knowledge beyond one’s instructor.
Here is some food for thought… are you really betraying your master if your master is an art form rather than a person? Your instructor is human; therefore, he/she is not infallible. However, the art of Jiu Jitsu is not a person. Jiu Jitsu is a collective art form where one person can add upon another person’s theory. The art of Jiu Jitsu is YOUR master… YOUR master’s master… and YOUR master’s master’s master. Collectively as an intangible theory, Jiu Jitsu is infallible. So I ask you, is it wrong to seek ultimate knowledge from a collective source or should one be subjugated to an individual human being?
Enjoy the Match.