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Forums > Travel Yunnan > malipao/vietnam border crossing open but..........

The Malipo border is closed again. I just went there last week, they don't allow foreign passport holders to cross anymore. Only Chinese and Vietnamese. I asked why they closed again, nobody knew. Nor could they say when/if it will be reopened anytime soon. It is closed indefinitely.

Imagine my annoyance when I realized I had to go all the way back to Kunming, and take another route to Vietnam via Hekou border crossing. That was 2 days lost of my short vacation time.


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I entered this club as a BJJ purple belt, thinking that "All grappling = BJJ".

To be honest, I didn't know what 'Catch wrestling' was before entering the club. I quickly found out it is an older grappling system than BJJ, which in some ways felt more complete. The emphasis is more equally distributed between stand-up and ground grappling. It also has less restrictive rule-set that BJJ, which I reckon would make it more suitable as a grappling base for MMA. Apparently the phrase "No Holds Barred" originate from Catch wrestling. Who knew? :)

Training sessions were highly technical; emphasizing more on technical aspects than relentless sparring. I was really impressed with the instructors there, especially the head coach. His knowledge of grappling is really profound. For every technique I thought I knew he taught so many new details on how to improve it further. Also, he was was teaching bunch of techniques I've never even seen in my life. On my first few rolling sessions I got submitted with some weirdest submissions, coming from the most unusual angles. It was crazy. And I totally loved it! Later I saw footage of the head instructor rolling with some BJJ black belts in Europe, and the guy was just killing it.

All in all it was an amazing experience. Gave me a lot of new material to bring back to the States to work on. Really enjoyed it. Thanks a lot guys. An easy five stars. OSS !