BJJ Poll: Which of These Jiu-Jitsu Greats is Your BJJ Crush?

by Caleb on March 19, 2011

I wrestled (“wrestled”, get it? I kill me!) with different ways to title this poll. Here were some variations I had in mind:

If You Could Spend a Week Training with One of These BJJ Greats, Which Would You Choose? That’s too long, and only addresses training, when I wanted to get more at which one people like on and off the mats.

Whose BJJ Do You Like the Most? That’s a nice idea, but as before, I wanted to also address their personalities as well.

In the end I chose the not-very-formal use of the term “BJJ Crush”. You know what I mean… we’re all fanboys / fangirls in some way right? I picked the names Marcelo Garcia, Rickson Gracie, and Roger Gracie because I think historically they’ve captured the most overall collective interest among Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners out there. If there’s someone you think I should have included on the list, let us know in the comments!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Simco March 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

Penny Thomas.

rowdy March 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

for me it was the mendes brothers. i’ve met rickson and i’ve been to roger’s main place in london and rolled with him there. marcelo garcia is ho hum to me in my fan boydom.

so now i’ve finally met the mendes brothers and hung out with them. so i didnt vote at all.

slideyfoot March 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

Out of those three, I’d say Roger. I admire his humility, the way he always stays calm and the near-total lack of flashiness in his style (in terms of technique, demeanour, and even his choice of gi).

Of course, I’m a bit biased, as he was my first instructor. I also still train in his organisation, getting my purple tied around my waist by Roger a few weeks ago.

Franck LOUIS-MARIE March 19, 2011 at 11:28 pm

bjj crush? Penny thomas for sure!

Joe March 20, 2011 at 6:16 am

Saulo Ribeiro. No question.

paul March 20, 2011 at 8:55 am

Damn. I didn’t know we could vote for Penny Thomas.

Mig March 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Fernando Terrere!

"Judo" Jay F. March 23, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I would be interested to know which demographics voted for which person. Such as:
5 years, > 10 years
Competitors v Non-competitors
Gi v No Gi people

When I started nearly 10 years ago it was all about Rickson, but now days it is more Rodger and especially Marcelo. I am most interested to know who the younger crowd is following vs the older crowd.

kris April 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

Hi Guys,
Spoilt for choice. All with Gi.
1 Jacare
2 Demian Maia
3 Gustavo Dantas
4 Roy Dean

I could go on, but think I’d better stop there.

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