When you think about martial arts, what comes to mind? Do you recall the old kung fu movies with fighters flying through the air in a battle to the death? Maybe you think of competitions where fighters pit their skills against one another to find out who’s the best in their particular art. Actually, what should come to mind first in pretty much every instance is self-defense, and that’s particularly true with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or BJJ. How does this wrestling/grappling-based martial art give you self-defense skills? Here are a few examples.
When you enroll in a BJJ course, you’ll learn the importance of “groundwork”. The guard is a position that allows you to protect yourself from strikes, blows and attacks while you’re on the ground. What’s more – this position can also let you end the fight while you’re on your back, ensuring that your attacker comes off the worse for their decision to single you out.
This is perhaps the most commonly thought of move in martial arts. We’ve all seen it demonstrated countless times in the movies. An attacker rushes someone, and the would-be victim then uses the attacker’s body weight and momentum to toss them to the ground. From that point, it’s only one move to dominance and ending the attack immediately.
If you need the chance to escape from an attacker, the armbar is one of the better options. It causes significant pain and shock to your attacker, and usually dislocates or breaks his or her arm at the elbow in the process. Dislocation is better than breaking the arm, but when you’re being attacked, either will work to stun your attacker enough that you can get away.
BJJ has a range of moves called “pain-compliance” techniques. These focus on causing the attacker pain (not necessarily damage, though) in an attempt to force them to quit their attack or stun them long enough that you can make good on your escape. According to some experts, pain-compliance techniques can work in about 70% of self-defense situations, which is far better than doing nothing at all. BJJ uses many different pain-compliance techniques, and they generally focus on hyperextending a joint or putting serious pressure on a muscle.
The armbar mentioned above is one of several breaking techniques employed in BJJ. These moves use leverage to break a bone or joint, causing serious pain and immobility to your attacker. While these can be used as a last-ditch effort to get out of your situation, they’re not usually recommended simply because of the possible legal ramifications. Attackers have sued their victims for pain and suffering and won – always remember that. BJJ offers several non-damaging ways to get out of an attack.
If you want to improve your self-defense abilities, BJJ can help, and Fight Sports Naples is here for you. We’ll help you master the art and learn how and when various techniques should be applied.