Does BJJ Work in the Street • Martial Arts Journey

Does BJJ Work in the Street • Martial Arts Journey


Does BJJ Work in the Street I personally fell in love with BJJ very quickly. I can easily see why the hype exists up to
this day, of people loving it so much, that quite a few announce it as the best martial
art in the world. After all, Royce Gracie won the first UFC
championship mainly relying on his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and BJJ is a key component in UFC
and MMA up to this day. I personally experienced as well, how powerful
BJJ is when rolling with a more experienced practitioner. Martial artists who trained without pressure
testing and sparring, even for years, can only compare their techniques mainly on a
theoretical level, in a never ending debate. In BJJ, if you are not as good as your rolling
partner – you will see that as bright as day very quickly, by being submitted multiple
times. The effectiveness of its techniques and training
methods are undeniable in its own realm. Yet the question is, is it as good for self
defense as it is in combat sports? Having personally practiced one of the least
effective martial arts for more than a decade without questioning it enough, believing that
it is effective for self defense, when I woke up to the truth, I decided I will not want
to fall into the same hole twice, and that before I devote myself to another practice,
I will first thoroughly question it. And what better way is to do that, than to
find answer by relying on the best experts of their fields. Hi, my name is Rokas and in this Martial Arts
Journey video, I will share what I discovered with the help of self defense and BJJ experts
on whether BJJ works in the street. The question first came to me when I started
realizing that martial arts and self defense are two separate worlds. I still had a lurking question on where combat
sports are found in between this scale, yet first of all I decided to find the gap between
the former two. To find this answer, I interviewed Bruno Orozco,
a self defense expert with years of experience based in Mexico, who also has foundation in
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. During our talk Jiu Jitsu naturally came into
our conversation. Bruno said: “A lot of brazilian jiu jitsu
practitioners say it’s the best martial art in the world. Let’s say it’s the best martial art in
the world. Well, self defense and the best martial art
is not the same. For example, if I grab a knife and I know
how to use it and I attack a brazilian jiu jitsu guy, I kill him.”. To me that sounded like a fair point. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that I’ve been exposed
to did not teach knife defense. Personally, during my BJJ training I even
haven’t been introduced to defending against strikes. At that moment, having a desire to become
adapt in self defense, BJJ was my first pick. The talk with Bruno made me question my decision. Yet relying only on one source for information
will rarely reveal the whole truth about a subject. Luckily, my next talk was with a martial arts
and BJJ legend Matt Thornton. For those who do not know Matt, he is one
of the first american born BJJ practitioners to receive a black belt in this practice. He is also famous for formulating the term
of “aliveness” – referring to importance of pressure testing, live drilling, and lack
of it in various martial arts. Talking to Matt I knew that he will have deeply
considered this question. When I eventually asked the question of whether
BJJ is enough for self defense, Matt replied: “The street vs sports debate is something
I consider to be a fallacy. The same delivery system transcend over. It’s the same material and the same training
method. [If someone focuses on competition] they are
always working on jiu jitsu vs jiu jitsu. Let’s just say for the sake of argument,
if while they are doing that, they never put the strikes in and all of a sudden they wind
up in a fight and they might potentially put their body and their head in a position where
they can take punches because they’re thinking more about tournament situation as opposed
to an MMA situation. Having said all that, because of what we do
in SBG is we focus more on the fundamentals, what we teach tends to transcend these different
environments, because there’s very little change that has to be made.”. My talk with Matt Thornton was one of the
best interviews I’ve done up to date. I gravitated to believe him strongly and it
did make sense what he said. Yet now I was left with two opposing opinions
from two experts whom I both respect and believe in, and I found myself believing both answers
at the same time, even when they appeared conflicting. Having come to this dilemma, I decided I need
a third opinion. During my talk with Matt, he mentioned one
of his coaches: Paul Sharp, a BJJ black who is also a widely known self defense expert
with years of experience as a police officer. Now who could have a better answer to this
question, than someone who had to apply his knowledge and skill on repeated and potentially
life threatening basis? Soon enough, with Matt’s help, I was able
to reach Paul. This time one of my main focus points was
to figure out the difference and gap between martial arts, combat sports and self defense. When I asked Paul Sharp this question directly,
he answered: “I see that a lot, and I see both sides, cause I have friends who can articulate
both sides of the argument.”. This was a very interesting moment for me
already which was leading to my final answer. Being able to see both sides and picking the
truth from each one of them. Paul continued: “I fall more in the camp
of – if you have a very deep fighting sports background, then it’s probably easier to
tweak you a little bit, to make you very dangerous in the street. We run these courses where we have guys from
all backgrounds: military, police, non-military… And overwhelmingly the guys who excel, are
guys who have some kind of combat sports background, because we can tweak them a little bit. We will have two on one, or three on one,
and overwhelmingly the guys that do well are the guys who have a solid background in some
sort of combat sports.” Now having this answer, I’ve started to
realize that maybe I do not have to choose single camp and that maybe both sides are
true. That there may be a gap between brazilian
jiu jitsu and self defense, yet the question was: how big that gap is? It turns out, both Bruno Orozco and Matt Thornton
already answered most of this question. In my first interview with Matt, he said:
“The only piece that is missing [in BJJ], is everything before the fight, and that’s
a process of education – things like being aware of your environment, knowing where to
go and where not to go, understanding how violent criminal actors will come up and interview
you, all that kind of stuff.”. Bruno Orozco spoke similar, saying: “Self
defense is a different area. It’s about security, strategics, habits. It’s a very wide area.”. It seemed that both experts addressed that
there is something that is missing in BJJ training for self defense, yet that wasn’t
primarily based in the technical realm, yet something which surpasses it. Something that can be called: personal safety. I feel it is important to mention that we
live in the safest times in history. In many places of the world, the chances of
being attacked are becoming increasingly low. This does not mean that we should not learn
self defense, but learning self defense by training martial arts should probably not
be the main reason for doing so. Often times avoiding danger and knowing how
to do that, may be the best self defense in itself, and if we are smart and aware enough,
we may never need to defend at all. As Bruno Orozco said: “Training martial
arts is a great basis, because it teaches you a way of life and if you have a way of
life, you are going to be a healthy person emotionally, mentally and physically, and
this attracts less problems. A person who has no control on his own emotions,
of his impulses and does not have personal discipline, a person like this attracts problems,
and that is not good self defense.” Maybe the question whether BJJ works in the
street is not the most important one. A way of life, control of emotions and impulses,
personal discipline – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu trains all of these things and that is something
that makes it already a great asset for personal safety. Does BJJ work in the street? I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle,
like most good answers do. Will a person who trains brazilian jiu jitsu
have an advantage in a street fight or self defense situation over an untrained person? Personally, I think he will have a huge advantage. He will also be probably much more ripe to
add the extra curriculum that is important for self defense specifically. Yet if one is very serious about personal
safety and self defense, one should not expect one discipline to offer all answers. It is also a responsibility of the practitioner
himself to learn about the complete width of self defense which includes such subjects
as guns, knives and most importantly – personal safety as it relates to physical violence. Yet if one wants to be able to stay safe and
defend himself generally, addressing this question at least once in life to bridge the
gap may be all that is necessary, and then training BJJ can simply be training BJJ for
the whole benefits that it gives, which includes skills for self defense, yet also offers fruits
which are far greater and beyond, than just the question whether it works in the street. I also have to stay humble and say that these
are just my open conclusion which I am ready to change as I continue to grow and learn
in this path. It is important to question our practice and
it is important to choose our sources. Yet it is also important to learn from our
own experience, which I am still just developing in this realm. Nevertheless I hope that my explorations and
insights will benefit your thought process as well, and that by questioning you will
find the best answer for your own self. Do you agree with the message of the video? Let me know in the comments. If you want to check the great interviews
which I quoted from, there is a list of sources in the description and top of the comments. If you liked this video, make sure to share
it with your friends and martial arts community. If you want more videos like this one, subscribe
to the Martial Arts Journey channel. This was Rokas and I wish you to own your
journey.

100 thoughts on “Does BJJ Work in the Street • Martial Arts Journey”

  1. Do you agree with the message of the video?
    Sources quoted in the video:
    Bruno Orozco – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W2VGMbKx9E
    Matt Thornton – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPfDhzZ6_gs
    Paul Sharp – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nDV-OGLTpA

    Second interview with Bruno Orozco – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlnkBrEGOSs

  2. BJJ is the most efficient martial, self-defense, whatever in a situation 1vs1 however, I've got my doubt if you put a BJJ black against multiple opponents well trained.

  3. Plain boxing is probably best for self defence,its basic for any good martial art.bbj is great but can be very stupid for many street situations,on street u don't want to be on ground and u don't want fight to take long…

  4. Self-defense really isn't martial arts. IMHO, self-defense is a specific subset within martial arts. How I see it, martial arts is a general or umbrella term. It's the all-encompassing term for all forms of fighting. As in martial arts includes hand-to-hand combat, weapons fighting (swords, spears, etc.), self-defense (protecting one's self from an aggressor through means of grappling methods [like takedowns, sweeps, arm manipulation, etc.], defensive striking, or using self-defense weapons), and other forms of fighting.

  5. My brother-in-law was a deputy in Nowhere, Idaho. He got into a fracas with a guy in a traffic stop (dashcam footage), and says the BJJ training he got from the police academy saved his life that night. Guy went for his sidearm, and the melee ensued. That's how a lot of law enforcement die. They're out alone in their cruiser on a deserted stretch of highway, and somebody with an attitude tries to do them in. You've gotta respect that when you get pulled over, and be very respectful and calm towards them.

  6. I respect BJJ as I respect all forms of Jiu-Jitsu, I personally myself prefer traditional Japanese jiu-jitsu I find it very effective. I feel as though most of the martial arts that were formed if you practice them well enough, and know what you're doing you can make it out of a street situation probably bruised, and maybe a little damaged, but still alive.

  7. Some people take up martial arts for revenge. Ending with their skills stuck up their asses when they go hunting for the one who one way or the other "owes" them. I believe self defense is about awareness and proper behavior . Sometimes learning where and how to hit hard and fast is enough to distract the attacker and to run. Not standing there trying to prove anything waiting for him to recover.

  8. FACT – anyone who says there is a reliable unarmed defense against a gun or a blade is absolutely full of shit. The ONLY reliable defense if you are unarmed is to avoid conflict entirely. In other words, get out of the line of fire and run away, as fast as you can. You are not a ninja, you are not batman, you are not John Wick, you will die if you try any of these "self defense masters" crap "techniques"

  9. IMO, no it doesn't work for the street for one simple reason: in the streets you won't ever be fighting one guy, it'll always be a minimum of 2 assholes (as coward as they are), so while you are on the ground dismembering one attacker, you will have at least one or two of his stupid friends stomping on your head until you are either paraplegic or death. And that's IF they don't stab or shoot you.

  10. The bjj you were exposed to didn't include knife defense or defense against strikes? You were studying the wrong bjj. Try Gracie University. You'll start learning to defend against strikes in lesson number 1 and knives in the blue belt stripe one curriculum.

  11. Lets face it real serious fights are often settled with guns. Going to the ground in a real street fight can get you a shank in the back of your head since most serious fight have multiple people involved. A gentleman's fair fight between two people arguing which football team is better is another matter and in that case MMA or BJJ is the most effective fair fight technique. But NEVER go the ground in a serious fight if there are multiple people involved because a blade behind the ear is likely. So its best to keep standing where you are not trapped on the ground and can see everything coming.

  12. Go to Rio de Janeiro, a CITY with more deaths EVERY YEAR than the total time of the war in Iraq, and ask about the reputation of jiu-jitsu in the streets.

  13. I think Aikido is pretty effective on streets. Just the moves I mean the philosophy is like not fighting at all. But if you use the techniques that aikido has to offer and you know how and when to use it I think it can be a good self-defense. No matter what you train as long as you know when to block and when to attack you can defend yourself. But it is entirely different to martial arts that trains for tournaments. Like Taekwondo and Bjj. Sure you can use moves in it but your body will get used to no punching or to the restraints that it would actually limit your ability. So there is no best martial arts. All has it's up and down but it all depends on the practitioner. Admit it or not this thing requires not only hard work but also talent. Maybe you did not find aikido effective for the reason that it is not your thing or it is not for you, that is why even if you trained for decades you couldn't use it in an effective way because you don't know how to use it in real situation where it is not in slow mo. I have seen lots of aikido practitioner kicking their enemy ass using their techniques and it looks elegant and just amazing. Maybe you were trained to demonstrate and not to fight. Look bro you challenged an MMA fighter in an mma and you got no experience in fighting that is why you lose . try to get used at fighting then you would see the application of the aikido moves. Because no matter what martial arts you are practicing if you are faced with an attacker whom you can't read then you are striked with fear and fear eats you that is why you couldn't perform properly during the match. you even looked away while you blocked his punch. I didn't even saw you used the famous redirection of force. you just entered their and fought like you had no training at all. sorry bro. It is just you are not used to full contact fighting or you're just a wimp. Well I hope you find what you are looking and I know just practice and you will get better. try mixing martial arts up. Taekwondo for kicks. Boxing for punches. Bjj for grapples and try track and field for running. I believe you can do it hard work will prevail but it also requires talent and I hope you have that. because practicing a martial arts for a decade and being able to apply it properly means something is wrong.

  14. Sir, please consider these as I grew up on the streets…( Fight Quest » Kajukenbo United States of America) and my preferred fight style…American Kempo…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgKpPXZxe1c&t=777s

  15. So many people are so worried about street fights? I don’t know anyone who has been in a street fight. And I know a lot of people.

  16. Ever see the self defense videos Rorion and Royce Gracie put out? Also Rorion and his father GM Helio have a book out there, all of that is full of self defense including weapons. Finally Rickson Gracie is really pushing self defense in BJJ, they call it the original proper BJJ.
    What do you think?

  17. Simply put, BJJ is very important to learn, but it's a half solution (pun intended). Knowing grappling and on the ground techniques is critical, but so is striking. If you're going to take jiu jitsu, great, but also learn the other half in a striking art. I guess you could throw in a kicking art like Taekwondo, but thats not critical.

  18. Judo is so much better in the street, but peace is best. You are more likely to get hurt training than you are to get attacked. If you are a person of peace, your will to do damage is a lot less too, something to consider. BJJ wouldn't introduce knife defense because you are too close to defend in the first place. My instructor taught us a great knife defense though, he said 'RUN'. Sakuraba proved will and intention can dominate martial arts skill in most cases. He was very basic at first at least. A real self defense expert would teach you to avoid places prone to violence, how to talk, and how to deescalate confrontations probably. LOVE your vids by the way

  19. BJJ works? Of course.

    BJJ works on real street? I don't think we can trust on it.

    Tipically in an urban situation, you can't make assumptions about how many opponents do you will have, if they are armed or not, and even so the current situation can change very quickly.

    So, if you think about it, engage with a single opponent on the ground isn't the most attractive strategy. When you pin an opponent, your mobility options became limited also.

    BJJ works VERY nicely on hand to hand challenges. But only.

    In real life, you need to be free to run.

  20. If you could only use 1 pure style without mixing them for a 1 on 1, then BJJ is the best. However if there are multiple people then the BEST option is to run but if you need to try to fight then maybe kickboxing?? Lol.

  21. Bruce Lee made the best point. There should be no martial art systems for self defense. Just self-defense and learn and employ everything that is known on the subject into your practice and what is yet to be discovered.

  22. the best self defense sport is 400m dash combined with some stamina work. and if youre in america and theres a gun involved…dont be a hero and just give them your wallet. still cheaper than death or serious healthcare in that country

  23. The only bar none way to defend yourself in a dangerous situation, train how to use a gun, and get a conceal carry permit. Doesn't matter how good of a fighter or martial artist you are if someone draws a gun or a knife on you its game over.

  24. Sounds like it depends on how you train. It's not that competitive fighting isn't useful outside of a ring, it's that the person that doesn't care about the ring might do something you're not ready for because you're used to rules. That doesn't mean the ring fighter can't train for both though. There's at least a few videos of people picking fights with the wrong person out there. Avoidance really is the best when it can happen. Best case scenario in a fight is that you end up with bruised knuckles and there's a record somewhere of the police detaining and questioning you. Worst case is somewhere along the lines of a slow, painful, death alone when someone stabs you and runs away.

  25. My problem with bjj is two fold ,to much time on your back. The line all fights go to the ground should be changed to winners don't go to the ground but going there doesn't mean the fight is lost. Meaning finish them on your feet but if something happens it ain't over till it's over. The other problem is the injurys with rolling, you will get injured but better to do what you love. So after all this my point is stop worrying about witch is best take any class you can with a open mind then as Bruce Lee said take what is useful disregard what is not (not exactly how he said it u think but how I remember it) an the last thing my sifu says train hard train safe train for a lifetime nice video

  26. 1:12 jumping guard as a white belt can end up hurting someone really bad. This happens so often that most tournaments don't allow white belts to jump guard.

  27. One on one yes it’s excellent vs multiples not so much. But bjj is amazing. I have trained bjj and krav maga for the last 7 years consistently. I also was a cop for 5 years

  28. the problem i see with bjj it take a while to setup. u need to be in the ideal position to put someone in a choke or a lock. but with striking you can basically strike from anywhere. but the best is to know a little of striking and some ground.

  29. No BJJ or any Martial Arts styles works on the street, specially if someone has knife or there are multiple guys with weapons …… only Self Defense Styles will work plus you gotta make a sure what style of Self Defense you select since there are many frauds out there…

  30. Thank you for this video. I suggest that you check out Gracie Jiu Jitsu. I think it would be just what you are looking for. They teach jiu jitsu with self-defense in mind. In addition to practicing the techniques while avoiding punches, they teach how to avoid fights, de-escalate conflicts, knife/gun defenses (in case you can't run), etc.

  31. It’s real simple!! It’s not Krav Maga vs BJJ or Kenpo vs Hapkido! It’s which practitioner imposes their will first!!

  32. There is no concrete answer to this question.. Every fight isn't the same no matter what each party knows…

  33. One thing I can't stand about this channel, you always bash aikido without hesitation simply because you failed to apply it in a sparring match. You literally went from solely doing heavily choreographed demonstrations with a compliant opponent to live sparring against a professional, and somehow the fact that you couldn't apply complex techniques against an opponent more skilled than you on your first attempt ever at live sparring completely baffled you to the point where you're now calling Aikido "one of the least effective martial arts".

  34. Rokas, training BJJ doesn't prepare you for a street fight. Getting caught with a sucker punch can't be countered with grappling. It can only be countered by recognizing the intent. Also, while you're trying to pull guard or rush, you're getting blasted in the face. Striking, throwing, and grappling is all important to know a little, not be a master of, but know how to do a few techniques well. By the way, the other day I caught and threw a BJJ person with Kote Gaieshi from a standing start in a roll. Just thought you'd like to know.

  35. This is why I also do Catch Wrestling which I believe is naturally better for a real fight than BJJ. Catch is a million times more brutal than BJJ. I’m glad I found Catch!!

  36. sorry but theres next to no chance to survive a knife attack if the attacker knows how to handle his weapon. most of those knife dissarm tactics where developed for sword fighting in medieval times and dont really work against skilled opponents (just have a look at bas ruttens videos and what he has to say about some of those tecniques)

  37. I am a bjj guy. I think i do very good at groundwork, i train very very very hard. ….. But there is just one time i got into a fight. And being throw to the hard ground. I got stun immediately and i got punch to the face and being KO

  38. My take if you get into a fight with someone with a gun expect to get shot, a knife expect to get cut and stabbed likely if they want to kill you without much if any warning or they show it and want to scare, rob or rape you. So my fighting method is as a disabled man in a power wheelchair to use psychology and give the scum what they want and if they give me an opening feign a heart issue to 'get my bag for my medicine I have on my chair' them Pepper Gel the target, use my chair as a weapon and get my weapons and go to town. A gun is another story but even then I got a shot better than fancy moves like this martial art uses. See I got punched, cut up and such before so know what to expect and work on reducing the damage I take while doing more to them.

  39. I think its simple. In most, if not all cases some kind of training is better than no training. BJJ is awesome but do you wanna be rolling on pavement relying on submissions to subdue someone or more than one person? This is why the best martial artists cross train. Bruce Lee gets brought up a lot but he's a good example of this. He didn't settle for one answer, he sought instruction from many teachers to inform his own style. What you're doing, looking for experts and finding what you want is truly the best way. Otherwise, get some buddies and some helmets and pads and go outside and test what you know and find what works.

  40. There will be slices when you are trying to disarm a knife – You're not John Wick! However, if the situation doesn't allow you to run and maybe you don't have an environmental weapon lying nearby, what will happen in that case? The best example would be ATM or something along the lines.

    Be fast and grab his elbow joint or wrist and don't allow the person to generate enough that can puncture your mass. Slices and cuts will happen though

  41. Any martial art can help in an fight as long as you understand the other guy isn't playing by your rules and that there are no rules and keep your fucking hands up

  42. You can't use bjj against 2 people, end of story. If you use just bjj in mma you will get crushed, why limit yourself. Limitation of no limitation is what I say.

  43. Anything can work in the street given the situation, best to learn all the tools to prepare for what comes

  44. Yes. For the moment it is needed. If you get taken down, or slip, or are getting out struck and need to take the guy down theb, yes. If there is more than one guy, or you can hit the guy first and drop him then, no. I will say that jiu jitsu accentuates anything you do better because it gives you options for the worst case scenario.

  45. That’s why you roll no gi …. while also training wrestling, striking , where you can commit a very fast shocking trauma strike giving you the opportunity to either close the distance or run away. If you close the distance then you apply chokes , if you can put your distance away from the attacker.

  46. Money and things can be replaced. Your life can not. I have trained for years and will train for years more. I still would give my entire wallet to a mugger with a weapon. My son needs a dad. He doesn't need another paw patrol stuffed animal.

  47. If you start rolling around on the ground trying to snap somebody’s arm in an actual street fight, somebody will stomp your head guaranteed.

  48. The only thing that work in the street is controling the other guy's fear. You start saying some wild thing like i'll break your bones drink your blood take your eyes out… The other guy will be scared and escape the fight or at least he'll be surprised and that's where you win

  49. I think a combination of striking and grappling training can make you very effective in a street fight. I train BJJ and just received my blue belt and I love the sport. But even I know that Bjj alone just won't cut it. I know of a purple belt BJJ practitioner who got into a street fight and he pulled guard on the street.. his attacker just started raining down punches on him non stop and he didn't know how to handle that. So yeah you have to have a balance. Maybe boxing/judo/bjj or Muay Thai/wrestling etc.

  50. For me, BJJ is highly effective in streets, thats it if u one on one like in mma, but streets are known to be dirty fight, when spending too much time one grounds, other will come to get u. Therefore, it is not very advisable to be on the ground for a long period in street fights.

  51. I've been a serious guitarist for 40 yrs. Self defense is like improvising on the guitar. When I started playing, I kept trying to find the one style or approach that would enable me to improvise over many different type of chord changes. The Pentatonic/Blues scale is like the BJJ of improvising. It's combines yet trims away the inessentials of many other scales and therefore it works well in many situations in the real word. But there's also areas that it doesn't fit. After many years I realized…. To be a truly well rounded improviser/musician takes a well rounded knowledge of music. However, you will never know it all . Self defense truly is a wide area but I think studying BJJ(the Blues scale) combined with real word self defense techniques iincl how to defuse altercations(Major & Minor Scales) will make you very effective and confident in real word self defense. (Unless your opponent is a Jazz virtuoso)

  52. Why don't you ask those who survived prison. They have the best defense martial arts I ever saw. Instead of asking your BJJ instructor who I can knock out with a chairshot.lol.

  53. I read through some of the comments before I commented myself because I wanted some opinion from regular folks. I used to hate any kind of grappling art, because I started Judo when I was 17, I had no wrestling background, and finally earned my yellow belt in it, after being thrown around like a rag doll by guys twice my size, and a lot more experienced, before I switched to boxing, and Muay Thai until my contract ended. For a long time, I hated everything about MMA, and UFC. Then, I got into an actual fight that depended on my not losing; it was a Domestic Dispute situation that I was stupid enough to be in the middle of, and I had to rely on the training I did have, which was somehow apparently enough. For a long time, I resisted going back into training, but I finally started doing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, after some convincing from my instructor. I showed up on open mat day, half afraid it was going to be triggering, and immediately fell in love with it! Of course, I didn't win at all that day, but I was emotionally okay with it, and found myself wanting to back. The more I went back, the more I wanted to keep coming back! I have got to the point where I am tapping out the other guy (or gal sometimes, women do it too), even the excessively hyperactive ones with whom we are familiar. For me though, it isn't about winning or losing, its about becoming my best self. I focus on small things, controlling my breathing, making sure the arm, and leg is pinned to escape a mount, not locking out my arms, etc. I celebrated the other day when I got through all 6 minute rounds without stopping to catch my breath. I enrolled my daughter in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu with me, because I want her to learn self-defense as well, and so she can become her best self. She loves doing it! She is 5 years old, and is already throwing boys off of her, and submitting them!

  54. When I practiced Akido I had a ponytail.(Like my hero Steven Segal). When I practiced Brazilian jiujitsu I cut off the pony tail and put away childish things.

  55. Best self defense tips that come from someone who hasn't practiced martial arts combat sports but has stayed alive in the South of Mexico:
    1.- If possible do not be alone specially at night
    2.- if visiting a new city check a good reliable cab service or in a dining ask which places to avoid and avoid them
    3.- Stay in the tourist areas
    4.- for the love of your loved ones and yourself do not use headphones or walk around with your 200$+ cellphone around
    5.- Do not drink yourself unconscious
    XD

  56. Man the fanboys are real. I hate that people use bjj mma and jiujitsu as if it's not three separate things. Plus UFC 1 was a Gracie bjj dojo promotion that's all. We'll bjj comes from judo which came from Jiu-Jitsu

  57. Some people start training with BJJ. However, a lot of BJJ practitioner didnt start in BJJ. A lot started in boxing,muay thai, karate, taekwondo, judo, and wrestling. Anybody that train BJJ also jump into other martial arts. As long as you understand to cover your face and distance management, you can easily win a streetfight.

  58. EVERY technique of "Brazilian" Ju Jitsu that you saw Royce Gracie use can be found in MY METHOD OF JUDO by Mikonosuki Kaiwashi who stole the BJJ moves from the Gracies and wrote the book EVEN BEFORE the Gracies "invented" them. VERY good video ! ! ! An HONEST evaluation of martial arts training's advantages and disadvantages when confronted by street violence. Thank you.

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