What makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a Dominant Form of Self Defense?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a combat sport which utilizes grappling and ground fighting. It has been turned
into a household name with the rise of MMA fighting, especially due to the commercial value and
reach of the UFC.
It is an essential part of any MMA fighter's arsenal and the reasons are obvious. Not only do regular
street fights usually end up on the ground but so do MMA fights. The ability to defend as well as to
attack from a ground position is essential to longevity in the sport. While many will argue that
wrestling is a decent counter to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the exact opposite can also be true.
They certainly both have their merits, and arguing this point is fruitless as one can never be better
than the other because we have to add so many variables into the mix to try and find an answer to
that question. For instance if a MMA fighter who is well rounded in kick boxing and Brazilian Jiu
Jitsu came up against an opponent who is weak standing up but was a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist
and the fight went to the ground early on, odds are the specialist would win even if he started from a
So much depends on the skill level of the fighters that comparisons between sporting codes is
misleading. Instead we need to look at the ability of individual fighters and the execution of the
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques involve take downs, grappling and attacking a limb or choking an
opponent out. When it comes to defending oneself from an unavoidable situation such as a street
fight, these are definitely skills which a person would like to have. Knowing how to attack limbs
and demobilise an attacker or even better, to be able to put him to sleep within seconds would make
for a pretty easy get-away.
Self defense should be about exactly that, defuse the situation by any means necessary in order to
defend yourself and make your escape as quickly as possible.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a very intricate martial art to learn but it is highly rewarding. Mastering a
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique is a wonderful feeling but like any martial art regular training and
practice ensures that your game is always evolving.
It is said that 8 out of every 10 fights ends up on the ground and BJJ is definitely the fighting skill
one would want to possess in this situation. Many of the techniques involve leverage which means
that strength is not much of an issue and a person can overpower someone who is much larger than
they are. While I fully respect wrestling, it does require a lot of strength and not everybody could
effectively defend themselves using wrestling techniques.
There are many martial arts which are effective forms of self defense and it is important to find one
that resonates with you. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu like any other martial art is an endless cycle of learn,
practice, apply, practice some more and eventually master.