BJJ for Self Defense in Portland

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Many people ask how Jiu Jitsu for Self defense works. The truth is that most practitioners never want to get involved in a fight and are going to do whatever they can to avoid a fight, instead Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is about knowing that you are prepared when something does happen, it is about feeling… Read more »

Jiu Jitsu Fighter

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Do you want to be a Jiu Jitsu fighter? If so you are chasing a noble goal and you can attain great success. The first step would be to define what exactly a fighter of Jiu Jitsu actually would be. A Jiu Jitsu fighter is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu who moves out of… Read more »

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 »

Martial Tai Chi

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For Martial Tai Chi you must find the movement in every joint of your body. When you work a position like “Ward Off Left” every single joint and muscle is active. The movement is driven from the core and expresses through every part of the limb. Find the rotation in each shoulder, elbow, wrist and… Read more »

Women Self-Defense

Women’s Self Defense in Portland

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 »

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 »