by Ashley Valli
Almost all fights end up on the ground: it’s just the reality of things. Brazilian jiu jitsu, a martial art largely focused on battling your opponent floor-bound, comes in as a massive helping hand — particularly for those who are smaller in size or weaker in strength. Many who happen to fall into this category happen to be women — the “docile” creatures that are often taught from childhood not to play around in the dirt and to resolve violence with words (or quiet discontentment). BJJ is just an all-round great way for women to learn self-defence. Have a look why:
ASSESS FIRST, THEN DESTROY
Unfortunately, a swift kick to the groin or a gouging out of the eyeball isn’t always the best attack to immediately go for. Sure: it’s effective when it’s done right, but (excuse the pun) knee-jerk reactions aren’t always going to have you running ecstatically into the night, having gotten away. In fact, should you succeed in striking your aggressor, but not hard enough to disengage them, you may have just made the situation worse. And what’s worse than someone out to attack you in the dark? Someone out to attack you in the dark who’s just been assaulted by you (hypocritical, isn’t it?). Jiu jitsu helps you to first assess the situation between you and your opponent, and then work from there by knowing your strengths and various ways out of tricky holds.
FOR THE LITTLE GUY/LADY
Best believe it: if you’re a 50-something kilo woman in combat with an 80-90 kilo man, you will likely not win that battle with a few jabs and punches. You might become a human pancake though, which is something that has hopefully not yet happened in jiu jitsu. What you need to know instead is how to use your opponents weight against them, as well as how to get out from under them should they manage to get you in their guard. BJJ is the ultimate combat sport for giving weaker and smaller opponents a fighting chance. It’s brain over brawn.
IT’S THE ART OF DEFENCE
Jiu jitsu is also the art of offence — but it works both ways. Most of what jiu jitsu revolves around is being choked (or applying chokes) and having your limbs contorted into incredibly uncomfortable positions standing and on the ground (and vice versa). These are all kinds of attacks that women might face should they be required to use self-defence — and jiu jitsu is all about knowing how to avoid and/or get yourself out of these tricky situations whilst minimising any damage to yourself. Knowing the right actions when pulled into a scary situation allows women to react appropriately at the right time.
Not only is jiu jitsu a top-rated combat sport, but it’s also filled with countless other benefits that could be ranted on about for hours. To mention just a few, jiu jitsu helps to lower stress levels, build social circles, increase mental focus and keep your brain working constantly towards your next move. It also increases endurance, builds self-confidence, and helps with improving flexibility and muscle-tone. It’s a self-defence system bundled with dozens of other treats — like a gift pack!
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