Why Pepper Spray, Tasers, or Guns Won’t ALWAYS Save You (And Why BJJ Can)

There’s a common misconception floating around that if you have guns, Tasers, or pepper spray that you’re going to be 100% safe when in public. But it’s important to note that this isn’t entirely true. The fact of the matter is that these items won’t always save you (and won’t always be there). BJJ, on the other hand, is something that you can internalize and have with you wherever you go.

Self-Defense Weapons Might Not Be Allowed in Some Venues

There may be cases in which you won’t be allowed to carry our weapons into the venue that you’re visiting. For example, if you’re at a baseball game or museum then these weapons won’t be available to you. And remember: confrontations can happen anywhere. If you get attacked in a venue that doesn’t allow weapons, and you don’t know BJJ, then you’ll probably end up severely injured (or worse) for not knowing how to defend yourself.

BJJ is Something That You Can Truly Internalize

Guns Won’t Always Save You

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The great thing about learning Jiu-Jitsu is that it’s something that you can really internalize and have forever. Guns and pepper spray cans can get lost or stolen, but something in your head will remain there forever. Having this knowledge will actually provide you with a great degree of confidence and perseverance.

Carrying Weapons Can Be a Hassle

Let’s face it: not everyone wants to carry a bulky self-defense weapon when they go on their morning jogs. And for these people who lack both weapons and BJJ knowledge, you’ll end up becoming a major target. Does Jiu-Jitsu work against attackers with weapons? Unfortunately, it won’t work against someone who is already holding a gun or knife.

However, there is an indirect benefit to learning BJJ: you’ll have an increased amount of cardiovascular endurance. This automatically increases your chances of getting away from an attacker since it will take a while before you get tired (not to mention your adrenaline will be surging).

In the end, there’s virtually no reason to not learn BJJ. Carrying the various types of weapons listed above is perfectly fine. However, if you have the choice between carrying a weapon and learning Jiu-Jitsu then you should always take the latter route. It’s cheaper, more efficient, and will successfully allow you to defend yourself against bigger and stronger opponents.