Many assume flexibility is increased when you practice martial arts. I mean, don’t all martial arts people sit down in those machines that crank your legs wider and wider so you can kick better? (I kid.)
Flexibility in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a curious thing however. It certainly has a big effect on how one’s BJJ game develops. Lots of folks who favor playing on the bottom seem more inclined to be flexible, and use this in setting up some unique submissions. Ryan Hall‘s early years in competition are a good example.
Similarly, some who are less flexible seem to favor the top passing game.
How about you? How flexible are you? We know that being able to touch one’s toes is not the ultimate measure of flexibility, but a simple indicator we can use in a poll to start the discussion. Let us know what you think in the poll and comments below!