Jiu Jitsu Self Defense Training

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Jiu Jitsu is commonly thought of as a sport but such an impression really pigeonholes it. Imagine if a Jiu Jitsu practitioner was assaulted. Would not the art be helpful to address being attacked in such a scenario? The answer is yes….BUT….there needs to be an understanding that Jiu Jitsu self defense training must be… Read more »

BJJ Mount Escapes

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Gracie Jiu Jitsu puts a lot of emphasis on escaping from the mount position. You might not see as much emphasis on escaping from this position with other Brazilian Jiu Jitsu systems. Why is it that GJJ places the amount of emphasis on escaping from the mount?   Basically, Gracie Jiu Jitsu is self-defense oriented… Read more »

Why is BJJ The Best Self-Defense Martial Art Available?

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Why is Jiu jitsu the Best Self-Defense Available? Before we talk about why Jiu jitsu the Best Self-Defense in the world, let’s define the word “best” first. When we say “best”, we’re referring to a martial art that is the most efficient at deterring an unarmed opponent. From this point of view, BJJ is arguably the… Read more »

Portland Jiu Jitsu for Self Defense

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When it comes to using Brazilian Jiu jitsu  for self defense, you will probably have seen  people on the internet that are quick to dismiss the effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu in an actual fight. People often debate what sort of self defense technique is going to be more useful in an actual fight. And while… Read more »

Women Self-Defense

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Fight or Flight – Things to Know As a Woman Stuck in a Self-Defense Situation Women’s Self-Defense. The term “flight or flight” refers to our body’s natural response mechanism when faced with a foreseen threat. Some women respond to threats by running (flight) while others respond to threats by getting read to fight. As a… Read more »

Should I Teach My Child Self-Defense?

Should I Teach My Child Self-Defense?

For the most part, yes, child self-defense classes are perfectly safe for kids of all ages. Of course, this really boils down to how safe the instructors are being. Make sure that your children’s instructors are experienced, knowledgeable about the martial art, and that they use proper safety protocols during practice. If you feel that… Read more »

Womens Self-Defense: Avoid Getting Dragged in Public

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Womens Self-Defense. How to Avoid Getting Dragged in Public Most rapists will attempt to drag their targets into a secluded area in order to lessen the chances of someone catching them in the act. As a woman, it’s imperative that you learn how to avoid getting dragged in public. Fortunately, this is a technique that… Read more »

Famous Women and Self-Defense Jiu-Jitsu Classes

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Famous Women who’ve Taken Self-Defense Jiu-Jitsu Classes In a sport that is largely dominated by men, there are women who have reached the metaphoric summit in Jiu-Jitsu and become very famous as a result. It wasn’t until fairly recently that there’s been an upsurge in women participating in Self-Defense Jiu-Jitsu. Let’s take a look at… Read more »

Self-Defense: What to do if You’re Attacked

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How to Avoid Becoming a Target (and What to do if You’re Attacked) There are two distinct components associated with good self-defense: not looking like a target and what to do if you’re attacked. Not looking like a target is more like an upfront barrier than anything else. It’s designed to deter an attacker from… Read more »

How to Avoid Getting Choked or Bear Hugged

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How to Avoid Getting Choked or Bear Hugged By An Attacker There are two main moves that you’ll encounter from an attacker: the bear hug and the choke. Now, the choke can come in one of two variations: the front choke or the back choke. Both of these are equally as common and you’ll need… Read more »