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We live in for the most part a safe world free of worry and harm. Unlike some other countries the United States is lucky enough to have a trained police force ready to handle any situation. But what happens when the police aren’t there and something happens? That horrible scenario no one thinks could ever happen to them, having to defend your life using nothing more than your body. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art revolving around ground fighting that can be used for self defense. Using videos and links lets analyze the effectiveness of BJJ as a means of self defense.
The Effectiveness of the Gentle Art
In this article we’ll be looking at Mixed Martial Arts competitions for the majority of the comparisons seeing how it is as close to a real fight as we can get. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the biggest and most elite promotion of professional MMA. When the UFC first started there was no rounds and the fight was stopped by submission, knockout, tko, referee stoppage, or throwing in the towel. There was huge controversy over the UFC with people calling it “human cock fighting”.
Winning the tournament was BJJ legend Royce Gracie. He won every match in under 2 minutes and 30 seconds by submission. We can see some of his MMA highlights in this video. In the video we saw how Royce dominated the competition despite him being smaller than his opponents. What gave him the leg up to win was his knowledge in BJJ. These techniques when applied can cause serious bodily harm which is enough for you to get away to a safe area and call the police.
The Ineffectiveness of BJJ
There are three major concerns in using BJJ in the streets is it is only designed around fighting one person, there is no
Martial Artists show the effectiveness of eye gouges
account for dirty fighting and weapons, and the actual fact you have to get on the ground.
God forbid you run into the situation that multiple people are attacking you but at that point you’ll have to scrap fighting on the ground like you would in the gym and have to advert to fighting for your life. Consolidating a top side control isn’t going to work out to well when a second and third attacker is kicking you in the head.
BJJ training does not include disarmaments of weapons or even training with weapons themselves. BJJ also doesn’t account for hair pulling, strikes to the groin, eye gouges, and all the “dirty” techniques implemented in a combat situation of fighting for your life.
In a self defense situation you do not want to have to fight on the ground because someone could run up and attack you from behind and you will have little to no defense. Also the ground in the streets is not like the mats in the gym and chance of injury increases.
What techniques we can take away
Overall BJJ is in my opinion an effective means of self defense
UFC Fighters using a guillotine choke in a fight
if applied correctly. Standing submissions such as the guillotine choke will more than get the job done. Things such as pulling guard, going inverted, and dropping back for a leg lock are ill advised.
The combination of fundamental BJJ and “dirty” fighting can make the difference of you coming home alive that night or just becoming another statistic.
Johnny “Red” Dubois