Self Defense vs. Sport: Learning Both is the Key
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been shown to work as one of the most effective martial arts in the world. This is thanks to the Gracie family, going all the way back to the early days in the UFC. It has evolved over the decades from specifically techniques for self defense to techniques that are effective against other people who know Jiu Jitsu. Against a normal aggressor on the street, the self defense aspect of Jiu Jitsu is very effective. Jiu Jitsu is said to be the martial art for the smaller person, giving them the ability to control a bigger person with technique. However, what if the aggressor has a wrestling background, a Judo background, or trains in MMA? Knowledge in martial arts is important and going against an opponent with fighting experience can be tough to deal with if you only have techniques designed for opponents that don’t know how to fight. Learning the intricacies of Jiu Jitsu can definitely give you a leg up on someone who knows how to grapple by gaining superior techniques to counter what they throw at you. Both styles are key to be able to handle any altercation you can’t get away from and it’s important to know and practice techniques that can save your life.