It’s simple to overlook the practical applications of martial arts. Martial arts may determine a person’s physical safety for many people, making it more than just a kind of recreation or sport. When people think of martial arts, the first that comes up to mind is taekwondo or kickboxing. Although these are useful in a situation where self-defense is needed, the reality is that most fights end up on the ground where the knowledge of kicking may not be as useful.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a type of grappling sport that trains people to feel comfortable during violent or unexpected fights. As for the practitioners, the only time a fight begins is when they take their opponent to the ground. BJJ doesn’t rely on force, making BJJ techniques more advantageous for self-defense. Attackers typically seek victims who are physically smaller and weaker than them. In a striking fight, sheer strength and stature may determine the victor, but grappling sports do not work that way.
Here is why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is best for self-defense:
- Practitioners target the joints and blood vessels, which are the body’s weakest, softest, and most sensitive parts. Knowing how to execute uncomfortable holds, such as a choke hold, can quickly knock the opponent to the ground.
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches the right way to grip clothes to be utilized to defend oneself. It creates familiarity with using one’s environment to their advantage.
- it teaches people powerful strategies to repel armed opponents through knowing the technique to isolate limbs and joints. This is important in restraining and enabling the movement of an attacker, specifically with a weapon.
- Jiu Jitsu’s greatest aspect is the mental toughness that comes from practicing it. By making its practitioners recreate physically difficult circumstances and come up with solutions for them, BJJ develops mental toughness in its students.
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