A lot of people say that “all Jiu-Jitsu is the same”. That no matter which “type” of our martial art you train – be it the self defense or the sport type – that there’s no difference… However, that’s just not true.
If you train sport Jiu-Jitsu, then you will probably do better in tournaments than the self defense person. But, if you’ve never learned how to defend yourself from punches, then you could argue that the self defense person has an upper hand on you.
Professor Ryan Young, from Kama Jiu-Jitsu, explains why that’s the case.
LEARN TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM PUNCHES
Professor Young shares the story of a purple belt who ended up in a street altercation and got beat up. And the reason? This purple belt had only ever trained sport Jiu-Jitsu; and was never exposed to the self defense aspect of it. He never learned how to defend himself from punches and from the intensity that a street fight brings with itself.
As the saying goes: “Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face.” So, while there’s nothing bad about being focused on the “sport” aspect of the Gentle Art (keep training!), you should learn how to protect yourself in dangerous situations.
For instance, to learn how to defend from incoming slaps and punches. To learn how to use a Knee On Belly and follow through with it. How not to get picked up if you lock in a Triangle Choke… Professor Young explains more on the video below: