BJJ is generally known as being a great martial art for self defense. It is so effective that Jocko Willink, a navy seal and BJJ black belt believes that it is essential for self defense.
For Jocko, it’s all about control. For him, when you strike, you do not control somebody. Knocking someone out is very difficult to do, is very brutal. If someone can get control of the enemy by clinching and neutralizing them, then you have real control.
Michael Bisping was asked an interesting question recently: “If you were in a street fight and were stuck on your back, what is a better position to use: traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu full guard (closed guard) or 10th planet rubber guard?”
For Bisping, you shouldn’t use Jiu-Jitsu in the street. “You need to get on top, not be on your back. Don’t do Jiu-Jitsu in a street fight and especially not on your back.”
Bisping has been training Jiu-Jitsu for a long time and even in the Gi, to the point where he earned himself a brown belt in the gentle art a few years back.
A BJJ black belt also wrote an interesting article on the subject a few years ago: