A Woman Saved by Jiu-Jitsu
So I think one of my favorite Jiu Jitsu self-defense stories comes from one of our students, Dawn. Dawn found herself leaving a bar many years ago when another bar goer attempted to attack her. She got her on the ground (which is where BJJ practitioners fight the best from) and Dawn employed one of the simplest of BJJ techniques which is CONTROLLING THE DISTANCE between you and your opponent. She just kept scootching around and keeping her opponent from being able to get to her long enough for others to help. It was simple. Sometimes in a fight, being closer to your opponent is safer and sometime it is to be far away. Jiu Jitsu teaches us when to do which and how.
Jiu-Jitsu is for Everyone
That’s the idea with Jiu Jitsu—it is simple. It is designed for smaller and weaker opponents to engage in defensive techniques that completely dominate even with larger opponents.
Personally, I am 5’6”, moderate build. My husband is 6’3” and of an imposing stature. We both train Jiu Jitsu. It is my goal to be able to take him down as he represents a LARGE person that could really do damage, if I didn’t know self-defense. Trust me, our trainings together are hilarious—but I’ve learned a ton about how to use my smaller body against a much larger person.
We begin every class, after warm up, with a self defense technique constructing real life scenarios that we then drill. These are real life skills!
We invite you to come give it a try if you haven’t. These are potentially lifesaving skills that every person should know. OSS!
In health and fitness,