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Today we ask the question, “Is Jiu Jitsu effective for self-defense?” To help answer this question, we enlist in the help of Danny Ruiz, owner and head instructor of Capitao Jiu-Jitsu and MMA, located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Q: What is Jiu Jitsu?
Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that has some striking, but is primarily a grappling art. It was originally invented by the Japanese Samurai but was made popular in recent times by the Gracie family by fighting in the UFC.
Q: Is Jiu Jitsu an effective method for self-defense?
Jiu-jitsu has proven to be a very effective form of self defense. It allows a weaker person to defeat a stronger person by using technique, leverage, and the concept of hierarchy of dominant body positions. Which gives both a strategy to win fights but an organized framework for learning.
Q: Would you recommend Jiu Jitsu for beginners, and why?
I recommend Jiu-Jitsu for everyone especially beginners because of the aforementioned organized framework for fast learning.
Q: What is the difference between Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
The main difference between Japanese Ju-Jitsu (JJJ) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is that in JJJ they focused on training all aspects of fighting but never excelling in ranges. Jack of all trades master of none if you will.
On the other hand, BJJ was tested by the Gracies on one on one challenge matches with very few rules. They theorized that by taking an opponent down to the ground you could limit their explosive athletic power.
Q: Is Jiu Jitsu a good thing for very young kids to learn?
Jiu Jitsu is great for kids. It helps teach them coordination, body awareness, discipline, and focus. It helps boost their self confidence. It aids them with goal setting and completion. Lastly, it teaches them how to defend themselves. Both my children train in Jiu-jitsu.
Q: Is Jiu Jitsu a sport?
There are sport forms of Jiu-Jitsu. Which do include many of the effective techniques, but it’s just a safe controlled way to practice the Art/sport.
Q: Is Jiu Jitsu dangerous to learn?
Jiu-Jitsu just like any physical activity has some inherent risks. But, if you trained with certified and competent instructor those risks are very low.
Q: Can Jiu Jitsu help with someone who wants to better their wrestling technique?
Although Jiu-jitsu and wrestling both have grappling they have different methodologies, training, and end states.
Q: Does Jiu Jitsu provide a good workout?
Jiu-Jitsu offers a great way to workout. Between the unique warm ups, drilling and live training you will get in shape fast.
Q: Does Jiu Jitsu work in “real life”?
Some form of Jiu-Jitsu training has been included inU.S military combat training, as well as the larger police departments, because it has realistic and effective techniques that have been proven on the battlefield, streets, and in the cage.