Funny. I've noticed the opposite. My impression so far has been, after a year and change with the Cubans and many years with Darell Gholar ( whom I still consider my coach) is that the American style seemed more physical and the Cuban style seems more structured and modeled after the Soviet style. More attention to mastering one technique through repetition and dividing training hard and blood and guts some days as opposed to technically on others.
Darell and most Americans I know seem blood-and-guts types. Of course, as a caveat, Darell was training all of his students to wrestle for MMA so over many ye4ars of Wrestling with Darell and now the Cubans I have gotten exceedingly good at techniques that work well in MMA and less so if it opens you to strikes etc.........
Any opinions on what I am about to say - I'd really like to know.
Since Darell has been in Brazil I have actually been Wrestling for over 6-7 years with Darell and I am going on to my second year with the Cubans and I am training with Brazil's national team. All of my fight experience has been MMA and BJJ/Submission but I have developed a solid reputation as a good BJJ man (FAR better submission no-gi of course) who is a very good wrestler. I never wrestled in college or high school but I thought about wrestling in some matches in Brazil and seeing if I could do some matches in the international sector. I'm not expecting a gold medal but who knows if I couldn't win something or other as I wrestle and have been wrestling quite literally every day for years. It's been almost exclusively on top but Greco's ground game isn't exactly high-tech and I have gone entiely from white belt to brown belt (a year off from going white to black) in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
On the one hand, I feel disrespectful of all the collegiate wrestlers who have dreamed of gold medals their whole lives. On the other hand, I want to see what i can do and what's the worst that can happen, other than getting experience and losing but shoring up my confidence in wrestling and high level and high pressure events.
If I go though with it I will do what i was planning to anyhow and travel to wrestling clubs around the States and other countries to train with as many top level guys as possible.
At the end of the day I would be be an internationally experienced Greco Roman Wrestler with a BJJ black belt and other martial arts (besides boxing/muay thai) of course) to add to my resume. I feel very "at home" in Greco. Moreso tha Freestyle and gi jiu jitsu. Essentially I feel best in
1 - MMA (that's what it's all about after all - getting into a big event and staying there)
2 - Greco/Submission
3 - BJJ (gi)/Freestyle
in grappling terms.
Opinions???????? I feel inspired by the challenge.