Nick Rodriguez is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competitor and grappler from the United States. He gained notoriety in the BJJ community after medaling at ADCC as a blue belt and getting promoted to purple belt on the podium.
Rodriguez is known for his impressive wrestling skills, which he combines with his BJJ knowledge to create a unique and effective style of grappling.
Despite being relatively new to the sport of BJJ, Rodriguez has quickly established himself as one of the top competitors in the game. He has trained with some of the best BJJ and grappling coaches in the world, including John Danaher and Craig Jones.
In a recent B Team Vlog, Rodriguez revealed how his style led to a rule tweak at ADCC.
Nicky Ryan was the first to talk about not wrestling from the knees much: “Not too much. The only reason I don’t like too much is because, ADCC, they now count that as a guard pull. ”
Rodriguez explains: “It’s crazy that they actually change a rule because of me.”
“That is wild for those of you that don’t know. Doing my first ADCC, II was renowned for like scoring points and causing a lot of off balances for wrestling from my knees, going to two knees or to one knee and attacking or re attacking my opponents. ”
“And previously only a guard pull was only considered my pulling to your butt in this fashion.”
“But because of my knee wrestling, they were like, oh, that’s, that’s got to be, you know, points.”
“I think the time line was after I won trials and then and then I took in my first ADCC in 2019 and then they changed the rules where if you pulled to a knee it was a guard pull”