by Robert Fox
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.
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.
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.
I recommend Jiu-Jitsu for everyone especially beginners because of the aforementioned organized framework for fast learning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although Jiu-jitsu and wrestling both have grappling they have different methodologies, training, and end states.
Jiu-Jitsu offers a great way to workout. Between the unique warm ups, drilling and live training you will get in shape fast.
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.
About Robert Fox
Rob Fox is a former hydro worker who used to teach self defence in Miami for 10 years. He's currently enjoying his retirement, playing cribbage and golf with his buddies, locksmithing and home security in his spare time. Rob is an avid reader, and has even written a few books on the subject of self defence.