Self Defense | Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – A large debate in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been taking place for many years. The debate is over whether to practice self-defense BJJ or tournament/sport style BJJ.
What Should You Practice? Self Defense or Sport Style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) – Annapolis
Lets look at the benefits of both. Self Defense for the purposes of this article will be any training that keeps in mind the possibility of being struck by a punch, kick, head butt, knee, or any other type of strike. When you are standing facing your opponent, you obviously cannot just walk up and try to tie up with your opponent with your hands down. You must tactically make your entry and always keep your guard up. On your back in the guard or any other position, you must always try to be either too close to your opponent for an effective strike or too far. This also must be considered when you are on top of your opponent. Up kicks, elbows and punches from the bottom can definitely end a fight. This will change what style of guard passing you use. Any move could potentially have to be modified to minimize the chance of strikes. Countering headlocks and various grabs are also usually practiced in the self defense curriculum. These are very important for self-defense, as these are some of the most common ways that an untrained opponent will try to attack you.
Sport BJJ has many moves and strategies that cannot be applied in Self Defense. The game changes when you do not have to be worried about being struck in the face or low kicked. Sport BJJ typically emphasizes a high level of physical conditioning and relying on moves which work on individuals in the same weight class as you. If you are training without the gi, sweat will allow you to escape from bad positions without necessarily applying the proper technique. You will also see many people pull guard in tournament BJJ. When you don’t have to worry about strikes this can be a good strategy because of the various sweeps and submissions available to you from the bottom.
There Are Benefits to Both Self Defense and Sport Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) – Annapolis
Overall there are benefits to both styles of BJJ. At Annapolis Brazilin Jiu Jitsu, we practice and teach both. In the author’s opinion 80-90% of your time should be spent learning the self-defense of BJJ. This will ensure that bad habits learned from sport BJJ do not appear if you are confronted on the street. At the end of the day you must make your decision on what style to train based on your own reasons for studying BJJ.