Imagine being a small and petite individual who is casually walking down a street; you consider yourself to be someone who does not like to engage violence and likes to keep themselves out of trouble. Not only can you not imagine causing harm to anyone, the possibility of someone hurting you is something you have never ever even considered. Unfortunately, one day as you’re walking down this street someone attacks you for money or to physically harm due to hate crime or because you’re a woman they want to take advantage of you; the reasons can be infinite but the important thing at the end is how prepared and ready are you to avoid or escape such a situation?
We go on living our lives under the impression that we can’t possibly be in a compromising position when the truth is we are just as susceptible to being attacked as the next person; what differentiates us is our readiness to deal with the situation. In the world that we are living in we are not always educated on the ways that we can protect ourselves against danger; in fact, we are always taught how not to be in a place where there is a possibility of getting harmed. Hence, we begin imposing restrictions on people who are most vulnerable of getting hurt such as women, celebrities, rich people, colored people and homosexual people. But we often forget that everyone has an equal right of living their lives however they want and they should be allowed to walk on an empty street without the fear of being attacked or physically harmed.
But you know what they say; it’s easier changing yourself than others. Hence this article is for the people who do not necessarily want to change themselves but want to improve themselves. We suggest that people who are most vulnerable of finding themselves in a compromising position should learn a skill that allows them to protect themselves. And there are very few self defense classes that will in theory explain to you how the human anatomy works and how you can use your strength to escape a dangerous situation.
Most self defense classes will senselessly demonstrate to you the weak points in a possible attacker and how you can target these points to save yourself. Our suggestion however is to learn the theory behind protecting and escaping yourself efficiently based on years of research and development in a technique-based sport such as the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a modification of the martial arts as it focuses on the use of strength and power along with self-discipline to dominate another person. Although the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is considered in close relations to the martial arts, there are however certain differences between the two forms; to begin with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu does not prioritize violence or physically striking your opponent to become victorious. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is more about managing the distance between yourself and your attacker in order to minimize their chances of harming you.
The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is also universal for all kinds of body physiques; so regardless of how petite and small your body stature is you can successfully learn and excel in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This form of self defense will also help you to learn how to pin down and grapple your opponent instead of just senselessly trying to hit them. To explain in simpler terms, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is designed for a person in danger of being harmed by someone who is a lot more powerful than them and they can’t necessarily channel the same kind of strength to counter attack the opponent. So they stay safe by using their energy to maintain a safe distance from their opponent till they can either successfully escape or till help arrives.
One of the most important lessons in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is to understand what is meant by ‘safe distance,’ it does not necessarily mean a gap between the opponent and oneself but it could also mean having no distance at all; because in both scenarios, being too far apart and being too close, the chances of being struck or hit by an attacker are reduced. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will guide you in constructively understanding distance managing to your advantage.
One of the most common things that people who have experienced an attack say is that no matter how in control you think you can be when in danger, experiencing an attack in real time is a lot different and one can never judge how they will respond or act. Hence it is important that we help you differentiate between the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the self-defense technique of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been vastly commercialized and when you learn how to play or excel in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu matches then the rules become vastly different. The reason is primarily the unrealistic distance between the two opponents that is maintained while playing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a sport; this distance in real life would not be ideal for a petite person to successfully use escaping techniques from their opponent. Hence when you decide to join a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, make sure you are well aware of the purpose behind joining these classes; do you want to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a sport or do you want to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu self defense and train your body and mind to respond adequately when attacked?