Why Self Defense is Important

The thing about self-defense is that you don’t need it until you absolutely need it. It is difficult to be prepared for as the intensity of that sort of situation is very hard to mimic. Self-defense isn’t winning fights. It’s self-preservation. It’s getting away. If a person wants to take your wallet, it might ruin your week, but it won’t have the lasting and painful effects of being assaulted. With that in mind, the goal of self-defense is often to discourage the assailant to the point that the effort or pain is not worth the pursuit.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) has quickly become one of the most widely practiced martial arts in the world. Royce Gracie showcased this art to the world during the first several Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events in the early 1990s. After winning almost a dozen matches and securing numerous championships, Royce Gracie conclusively demonstrated to the world just how effective BJJ is. Since then, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has since grown vastly as both a system of combat and a sport.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art that uses skeletal leverage to either a) create space or b) take it away. Often, the two are used in conjunction to control the movement of another person who may be significantly stronger than the grappler, but does not understand how to use their body in the same way. In essence, an education in Jiu Jitsu is an education in space management. This is why BJJ is such a versatile tool in violent interactions. If someone is looking to strike, you can control them until help arrives or send them into a dreamlike slumber with a choke simply by taking away the correct space. If someone is looking to take control of you, or put you in a compromising position, you can create the necessary space to get away or stop the assault. Since most people are not familiar with these concepts, it doesn’t take much training to be significantly more advanced than an untrained person.

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Although most fights will begin standing, striking with your opponent is statistically likely to result in one or both of you being taken down to the ground. As Royce Gracie showed us, BJJ is great for ground fighting. The more comfortable you are defending yourself from your back or controlling your opponent from on top, the more likely you are to stay safe in such a situation. Even if your opponent is an experienced striker or boxer, he will be powerless once the fight reaches the ground. Moreover, fighting standing up also puts you at risk of injuring yourself throwing a strike. During a fistfight, your hands are not protected with gloves like they are in the gym. If you punch someone’s head with your fist barehanded, any wrong move could break your hand.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu deeply emphasises live sparring compared to other types of martial arts. From the earliest levels, students are encouraged to practice their techniques against resisting opponents in a safe environment. This experience makes it among the most effective of all martial arts in terms of self-defence.

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