Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are martial arts that have become popular sports. Self Defense is not a separate piece of the puzzle. They are made of the same cloth. When we train there are rules in place to govern what we practice, how we practice and manage the risk of practice. For example, we do not gouge the eye out of a training partner when they attempt their throw. We would run out of eyes after two attempts. How good can we be after trying something two times? Rules and safety are foremost in our training and competition. This allows for thousands of repetitions to refine our skills and make them second nature. Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu were developed to be practiced with intensity and resistance in competition and intensity and compliance in practice. This is the heart of what makes them effective. If you only go through the motions, what will happen when someone resists? If you only fight and never learn technique then you will waste energy and never have an arsenal of effective techniques. Practice is the key. A one hour class can open your eyes to the necessity of training but it can never prepare you for a would be attacker that is stronger, larger or meaner.
We have a women in our program that are initially intimidated by the prospect of fighting a man. After many practices, they are throwing men twice their size effortlessly and immobilizing them with submissions and chokes until the man submits. This is a very empowering feeling. This empowerment many times is the true key to self defense. Knowing with confidence that you have worked hard to gain a set of skills makes you stronger and more prepared. Nothing comes easy and nothing is a guarantee. However, if you better prepare yourself your chances of being attacked or subdued shrink considerably. The confidence gained is usually enough to avoid becoming a victim all together. Wolves don’t usually attack wolves, they attack sheep. The sheep do not pose a threat. Most instances someone resisting an attacker is enough for him to decide it isn’t worth it.
We have women in our program of all ages, sizes and skill levels who are happy to train with anyone and have confidence in their ability. Anna is one of our fiercest competitors, not just for women but for the whole gym. She is pictured above throwing Sensei Eli with her awesome uchimata! Come meet her and the team at American Judo and Jiu-Jitsu Academy and see what all the buzz is about. We work hard to have a realistic, strong, competitive and family friendly program. Hope to see you soon and remember it is better to be prepared and not need than need and not be prepared!