Mate Who's Shit At Basketball Picks Up Jiu-Jitsu
Mate Who’s Shit At Basketball Picks Up Jiu-Jitsu

Mate Who’s Shit At Basketball Picks Up Jiu-Jitsu

After 10 years of a struggling pick up basketball career, Phillip Mendez (Blacktown) has decided to hang up his Kevin Durant OKC jersey and don the gi as he makes a tactical transition into Jiu Jitsu. 

“It’s a game of Chess, but with the body.” Says the man who struggled setting up a simple basketball screen for his team mates.

“BJJ is 80% mental, 20% physical and 100% heart.”

Phillip has long disregarded the UFC as a sport for “wannabe Irishmen and criminals” but claims BJJ gives him a more nuanced perspective on MMA.

“While most people like a good stand up striking match I prefer to see how the fighters handle themselves on the ground.”

“It’s a game of wits. And if you can guess, I do like analogies”

A month into his training and Jocko podcasts, Phillip flexes his knowledge on his casual friends whilst watching the UFC at a local bar. 

“Nothing better than a good guard pass into mount. From there Khabib can really utilize his offense.”

Phillip takes a quick glance around to see if anyone appreciates his insightfulness but receives no response.

Two months later and still without a stripe, Phillip attempts to apply his masterful knowledge of BJJ in a submission grappling match with a competitive wrestler visiting his gym to expand his skill base. 

Finding himself pinned, Phillip attempts to use a sweep he learned in the beginner class. For some reason it doesn’t work. 

He spends the rest of the roll under a full mount, leaving the gym tired, frustrated and confused.

“Why didn’t that work against a white belt?”

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