Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that has practical uses in various aspects of life. The primary focus of Jiu-Jitsu is to teach techniques that enable a smaller and weaker person to defend themselves against a larger and stronger opponent. This makes it an effective self-defense system that can be used in real-world situations.
Aside from self-defense, Jiu-Jitsu is also a great form of physical exercise that helps to improve overall fitness, flexibility, and strength. Practicing Jiu-Jitsu regularly can also help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve mental clarity and focus, and promote a healthy lifestyle.
But contemporary jiu-jitsu moved away from some of it’s core fundamentals, as evidenced by the underwhelming performance of Kron Gracie at UFC 288 this past weekend.
While both sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense-oriented BJJ share a common foundation, they have distinct differences in their techniques and training methods.
Sport BJJ emphasizes winning tournaments and competitions, where the goal is to outscore or submit your opponent within a set of rules and regulations. Sport BJJ practitioners often focus on specific techniques that work well in competition and may not be practical in real-world self-defense situations. Sport BJJ training also involves a significant amount of sparring and rolling, with the emphasis on improving timing, reflexes, and competition-specific techniques.
On the other hand, self-defense-oriented BJJ prioritizes practical techniques that can be used in real-world self-defense scenarios. Self-defense BJJ practitioners learn techniques that focus on defending against common attacks.
This type of training often involves practicing techniques in scenarios that simulate real-world situations, such as defending against multiple attackers or weapons.
Self-defense BJJ training also emphasizes the use of leverage, timing, and proper technique rather than relying on physical strength, making it an effective system for smaller and weaker individuals. While self-defense BJJ practitioners may also participate in sport BJJ competitions, their primary focus is on practical self-defense techniques.
One Jiu-jitsu practitioner had a funny take on the matter and ended up using BJJ to overwhelm his dog who was reluctant to get his paw treated.
A clip that recently went viral shows the owner using core BJJ techniques to trap his pitbull and isolate his paw so that it can be treated to the chagrin of his girlfriend.