BJJ has proven itself time and time again in risky situations. It enables the practitioner to think rationally in high risk situation as well as provides plenty of other benefits.
When it comes to self-defense, what do SEALs recommend? Well, Jocko Willink, a big fan of bjj and Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under world champion Dean Lister claims it’s 2nd best in the world – after “a gun and concealed carry”.
“If you are in a situation where you need to protect yourself, that is how you protect yourself,” he said, noting that potential adversaries will have weapons, they will be on drugs or suffer from some psychotic condition. “If you want to protect yourself, that is how you do it.”
Willink then recommends Brazilian jujitsu, followed by Western boxing, Muay Thai, and wrestling (the type you see in the Olympics, not the WWE – no disrespect to the WWE) according to business insider.
Willick notes, though, that martial arts have a purpose beyond self-defense. They can teach discipline and humility. He notes that few who start jujitsu get a black belt – because it takes discipline to go out there on the mat constantly, especially when you are a beginner.