Prior to the most recent installment of Metamoris, I didn't have much interest in the competition itself. I had heard of it previously as being that thing that Brendan Schaub had given a very odd and at best terribly confusing performance at, but had no interest in the strictly grappling format it presented.
Now this wasn't due to any dislike of grappling, as I train fairly frequently (about 2 weeks or greater out of the month) in BJJ, I am not a man who is adverse to a good grappling exchange. I garnered a great deal of enjoyment out of watching old PRIDE matches and early UFC events with my training partner (who had to that point never had any training beyond how to box) and breaking down how BJJ was used both then and how it had evolved since then. However I held my doubts that pure grappling could be entertaining in a strict competition environment, as it can provide a slow, methodically paced position over submission mentality. Hence when I heard that the rules of Metamoris were a bit different than my expectations I could color myself intrigued. 20 minute time limits, with practitioners fighting to a submission only finish, no points.
It wasn't however, until Metamoris 3 that I found myself drawn to watch this newly emerging event, this was thanks in part to the star power it presented. Knowing anything about the roots of MMA means at some point the Gracie name would pop up, as they are almost synonymous with the early evolution of the sport. Having cased out (and hoping soon to join, once my life is a tad more orderly than at current) my own local Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy, as well as the study of a few different Gracie systems, I was familiar with the fact that the Gracie family has it's traditions and not often do you see them deviate from them, tried and true is the method that has been used so many years yes?
Enter Eddie Bravo, 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu guru and himself a well known advocate of the Gracie system. I had heard the name, and yet never seen him in action, I knew of 10th Planet, yet had never seen into it's methods. I chose Metamoris 3 as my entry point into watching for this reason, I must see what Eddie Bravo has on offer. I caught the cursory information in the build up, Bravo had submitted Royler Gracie before, Gracie was out to prove himself this time, to defeat Bravo and prove the superiority of his ways, as his ancestors before him.
What I saw in the main event of Metamoris 3 blew my mind wide open. I had never seen the inventiveness of two dueling grandmasters like this. Bravo utilized submissions I had never seen nor heard of in all my forays into BJJ, terms thrown around such as "lockdown" and "Vaporizer", things beyond my middling spectrum of knowledge. I had always been a firm believer that necessity is the mother of invention, and it seemed as though necessity was the ally of the man from 10th Planet, as he twisted Royler to and fro, trying his damnedest to break him apart like a particularly stubborn wishbone. I grew a new respect, almost at once, for this new system of knowledge I was observing intently. Even as the time expired, and the draw was declared, I had found my desire for knowledge renewed, reinvigorated. Metamoris above all else, had made me realize that my inventiveness was just as important as my knowledge, that the things that would never be accepted in tradition were encouraged elsewhere. It made me look at my training in Jiu-Jitsu from a new perspective, one outside of my own familiar discipline. And as I return to my training schedule next week, in the back of my mind sits new knowledge. Thank you Metamoris, you've surely left your mark, at least on this man.