When Can Knowing Self-Defense Techniques Come in Handy?

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When Can Knowing Self-Defense Techniques Come in Handy? When BJJ was originally developed more than 100 years ago, it was to teach smaller individuals how to defend themselves against larger ones. Today, BJJ is taught all around the world, both as a sport as well as for self-defense. But when exactly can knowing self-defense techniques… Read more »

Looking for a BJJ School

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A BJJ school is easy to find, but finding the right one can be a challenge. Thanks to the popularity of the UFC and other MMA leagues, it seems that every guy who knows how to apply a triangle is running a BJJ school out of his house. Here are some criteria that can help… Read more »

Self Defense: Does Size Matter?

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I’m Small – Can I still Protect Myself Against Larger Opponents? Do you weigh anywhere between 125 and 145 pounds? Do you bench less than 150 pounds? Are you worried that your small size is going to affect your self-defense capabilities? Well, throw all of those worries out the window because none of that matters…. Read more »

Recent Terrorist Attack Thwarted with Jiu Jitsu!

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Americans Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler were on a train from Amsterdam to Paris when a man armed with an AK-47 rifle with nine magazines and a box cutter started attacking passengers. The trio took the terrorist to the ground, disarmed him, and subdued him, with no loss of life. Spencer Stone, a… Read more »

Can You Defend Yourself

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How Long Before You Can Defend Yourself? Almost nobody who practices Jiu-Jitsu, or other self-defense martial for that matter, becomes fluent overnight. It just isn’t going to happen, so relieve that expectation right now. The ironic part is that once you stop having such high expectations for your skills, you’ll learn at a much quicker… Read more »

BJJ Training In A Gi For Real-Life

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How BJJ Training Can Simulate A Real-Life Self-Defense Situation Many newer grapplers often wonder: does gi training simulate real-life self-defense situations more than no-gi training? The short answer: it depends. Unless you live on the beach, chances are good that our physical altercations are almost always going to include attackers who are wearing clothing. These… Read more »

Don’t Abuse Your Self-Defense

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Don’t Abuse Your Self-Defense Abilities Just because you’re an experienced and efficient grappler, doesn’t mean that you should go as far as to break an opponent’s arm or leg during a physical altercation. After all, 99% of the attackers that you’ll ever face in life will likely have no experience in BJJ. Some may have… Read more »