There’s no doubt that BJJ, when it first made it’s mainstream worldwide debut in the first few UFC tournaments, drastically changed the way that people think about fighting and self defense. In the nearly 20 years that have passed from the first UFC tournament to today, people now know that if you want to compete in MMA or fighting in general, you simply must possess at least some basic BJJ skills.
But there’s been a dirty little rumor that’s also popped up along with it’s successes which states that as good as BJJ is in the the sport of fighting, it is of very little value in a real street fight or to defend against a potentially life threatening attack. In our opinion this is just a lot of ill informed nonsense. In fact, BJJ can be one of your most valuable weapons during an attack on the streets.
So in this post, we sourced some useful information from Mark’s Training to answer the question “is BJJ useful in street fights“?
Is BJJ Useful In Street Fights?
Rolling around on the floor looking for submissions or chances to ground and pound your opponent is a bad situation to be in. With the threat of multiple attackers, and possible attacks with weapons, never mind the fact that street fights don’t take place on nice cushioned mats, fighting on the ground is the last place you want to be.
Because of these aspects, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been given a reputation by some as an art crucial for the sport of fighting (e.g. MMA) but an art of little value for self defense. In actual fact though, this is wrong. Yes grappling on the floor, primarily what BJJ teaches is not advised in a self defense situation, but learning and applying techniques from BJJ can help someone survive certain areas of street fighting.
Most street fights start at close range which quickly goes into clinch range and from here it is very easy to end up on the ground and without any ground grappling knowledge, one can find themselves in trouble. Because of this, the reasons why some areas of BJJ are effective and probably vital for self defense include,
BJJ teaches takedown defense – Although Judo or Wrestling may offer more takedown defense training, BJJ also does include it. In order to be dominating on the ground one must gain good positional control of their opponent and a good throw/takedown will provide this. Because of this learning how to defend being taken down is included in BJJ.
BJJ teaches how to escape being held on the ground – If you are held down on the ground in a self defence situation you need to be able to escape as quickly as possible so you can get back up onto your feet to escape attacks from your opponents friends, something which usually happens in today’s street fights. BJJ teaches practical escapes to all types of hold downs and if you are concerned with self defence training, you need to know them.
BJJ provides experience on the ground – There are not many arts that give as much groundwork attention as BJJ and because of this, one can quickly become familiar and more importantly, comfortable on the ground. A lot of martial artists with no groundwork experience start panicking when they hit the floor and this leads to a lot of energy wasting which makes getting up a lot more difficult.
There are useful techniques that can be applied for self defense in all martial arts. It is always up to the person learning the art to seriously think about how they can adapt them for street fighting by making them as practical as possible.
If BJJ students think about how they can adapt the techniques they learn, for the street, they shall find that they will be able to defend themselves very well from the clinch and when on the ground. Hopefully other martial artists can also include this in their own training to make themselves that little bit more knowledgeable.
Source: Mark’s Training
Here’s a simple fact for you: The vast majority of street fights are going to end up either on the ground or withing grappling range. There’s no getting around it! Even the best strikers in the world will usually find themselves either in a clinch or on the ground.
It’s during these types of scenarios that BJJ skills become so important. From evading takedowns to making it off the ground and back to safety, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu covers it all. To say that people shouldn’t learn BJJ as a method of self defense is like saying someone shouldn’t take swimming lessons before they jump in the deep end of the pool.
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