BJJ and MMA Are Not Self Defense • Martial Arts Explored

BJJ and MMA Are Not Self Defense • Martial Arts Explored


MMA and BJJ Is Not Self Defense • Martial
Arts Explored Martial arts can be practiced for various
reasons such as health and fitness, or a social activity, yet most people who start some type
of martial art – initially do it for self defense reasons. None of us want to be mugged or beaten up
and a martial art may bring a great sense of self confidence, which may already help
avoid conflict. In reality though – not all martial arts are
created equal and it is important to choose the right martial art for the right reasons. If you will search online for which martial
art is the best for self defense, many conflicting answers may appear, yet most of the dominating
answers will most likely lead you to the direction of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, AKA BJJ, or Mixed
Martial Arts – MMA – alongside a couple of other options. Generally speaking there is a good reason
why many people promote BJJ and MMA as the best martial arts for self defense, yet within
it there is also a huge misconception, which if believed in – may have life threatening
effects. Hi, my name is Rokas and I welcome you to
another Martial Arts Explored episode, where with my gathered experience of practicing
martial arts for over a decade, I do my best to apply critical thinking to the martial
arts world in order to shed light on important misconceptions and fallacies. And in this Martial Arts Explored episode
we will take a look at why MMA and BJJ Is Not Self Defense. To best explain what I mean with this argument,
first of all, we have to take a deeper look at the fact which is commonly misunderstood. And that is – that martial arts, fighting
and self defense are three different fields. Yes – they are related and interconnected,
but their essential purpose and the means of serving that purpose are immensely different. Years ago, my eyes were opened up to this
fact by a self defense and practical Karate instructor Iain Abernethy who uses a venn
diagram, which he calls a martial-map, in order to explain this very common misunderstanding. If you haven’t listened to his podcast on
the subject, I highly recommend it, as he explains it in great detail and clarity. You will find the link to the podcast in the
description bellow. Yet to break down the essentials in this video
and to present the problem – as you see in the venn diagram designed by Iain, and as
mentioned before, the three subject interrelate, yet are also occupying their own fields. In order to understand what this diagram stands
for I will give you a couple of examples. First of – learning certain movements in martial
arts may make you more capable in fighting, as some of the learned skills may be applied
if someone will attack you, yet a lot of others aspects of martial arts have nothing to do
with actual fighting – such as traditional Japanese clothing, ancient movements, asian
names, traditions and other similar parts, which often consist a large part of various
martial arts. As another example – martial arts tend to
increase the awareness of a practitioner, which may help one avoid a dangerous situation,
or that same awareness may be used to be more capable in a fighting situation, yet in cases
where the three fields do not interrelate is where the main confusion arises. Unlike a common misconception – the primary
purpose and utility of martial arts is not to teach fighting – or even self defense. As mentioned before, a large part of martial
arts such as traditional clothing, bowing, learning ancient forms of movement and so
on is an important part of martial arts, yet if the primary goal of martial arts would
be to teach fighting of self defense, it would be taught very differently. This aspect does not make these martial arts
bad – it just makes them good for other reasons, such as previously mentioned fitness, education
and social activity. Yet the problem arises when a martial arts
practitioner expects the martial art to be a complete solution for fighting or self defense. Yet an even greater confusion exists in the
realm of fighting and its relationship to self defense. Imagining a self defense scenario – most will
imagine one person or a group of people picking on another person in a bar, or meeting a stranger
in the streets who decides to attack. In the imaginative situation, this is where
the defender then has to fight back and win against the attacker to stay safe. Actual self defense though – is very different
than then the imagined scenario and is so much more than that. This is why I like that Iain chose the term
self-protection to reflect this difference, yet since most people generalize it and refer
to the explored field as self defense, I will continue to use the term self defense in this
video. In reality, defending against an attacker
is only a minor part of self defense. What self defense mostly consists of – is
actually on learning skills such as noticing a potential danger early, avoiding and assessing
dangerous situations, intelligently choosing where and when to go, and where and when not
to go, considering the clothes you wear to be less likely to be chosen as a target, choosing
the right things to say if a potential attacker is approaching you and so much more. Even if it comes down to physically defending
yourself – the self defense approach is still different from fighting – where there is a
winner and a loser. Self defense itself is primarily focusing
on survival, in which case many more tools can be employed than just fighting – such
as an unpredictable strike, the use of an improvised object as a weapon, various creative
solutions to disorient the attacker and usually all of this is done to create an opening to
run away, which ideally is practiced as well as an exercise – while also learning and considering
when are the best opportunities to do so. Of course – self defense and fighting are
interrelated, as mentioned before, since fighting skills may be useful to create that opening
or sometimes you might not have the option to escape, as in cases where you are trapped,
or you have to defend someone else, yet even in these situations pure fighting may be only
a part of the solution and often may be not enough, since usually there are alternative
options that may be more appropriate, such as attracting as much attention as possible
to demotivate the attackers, instead of using pure on fighting skills. If you are truly good at self defense – most
likely you will never have to physically defend yourself at all – and not because you’d
have the self confidence which martial arts and fighting may grow in you, but because
by using proper self defense knowledge and skills, you will be able to predict or avoid
a potential danger 99% of the time to begin with. And this is where we come back to BJJ and
MMA. Both of these practices are almost universally
agreed to bread the most efficient fighters. And yes, most Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools
do not include defense against strikes or gets criticized for focusing heavily on its
competition aspect. Nevertheless, it would be difficult to deny
that if a regular person would get into a one on one fight against a BJJ practitioner,
the odds for the untrained attacker would to win would be very low. Yet this is where the problem arises. Since BJJ and MMA breeds efficient fighters,
and since most people confuse fighting and self defense – many practitioners of these
two practices believe that by being capable at them – they are capable in the whole subject
of self defense – and that misconception could lead to overconfidence or the negligence to
learn actual self defense skills that go far beyond fighting. Of course there may be Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
or Mixed Martial Arts schools that address the subject of true self defense by constantly
educating its members in the differences between the two fields and teaching the previously
mentioned skills such as effectively detecting and avoiding danger, or using verbal deescalation,
yet usually schools like that would be an exception than a rule. It would most likely be fair to say that 90%
if not more BJJ, MMA and martial arts schools in general, do not teach the whole aspect
of self defense, aside from the ways of dealing against a physical attack, pure on fighting
or giving very basic advice how to act if you are attacked. What is presented in this video is by no means
meant to discredit BJJ or MMA. As self defense instructor Paul Sharp once
explained to me – if people who already know how to fight effectively come to him to learn
self defense, after teaching them the right information and tweaking things at the right
places – they become absolute beasts. Yet it is so important not to confuse fighting
and self defense. Thus I sincerely hope that after watching
this video, every martial artist and fighter will consider the difference between all the
three realms and will be inspired to take a deeper look into this subject, since to
say it again – self defense is one of the main reasons people begin martial arts for
and because confusing martial arts, fighting and self defense may lead to catastrophic
results. And if someone is interested in learning self
defense – you do not even need to leave your home to do so, since most of it is based on
practical knowledge which can be gained through appropriate books. If you liked this Martial Arts Explored episode
make sure to check others in this playlist. If you are interested to learn how MMA exposed
Traditional Martial Arts check this video. And if you want to be the first to know when
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86 thoughts on “BJJ and MMA Are Not Self Defense • Martial Arts Explored”

  1. Here is a link to Iain Abernethy's Martial Map podcast that I highly recommend listening to: https://iainabernethy.co.uk/content/martial-map-free-audio-book

  2. Wanna defend yourself? If you're forced indo a confrontation, what sould you be? A great threat than the ofender. How can you do that? Being the better fighter.
    What teaches you to be the better fighter? MMA.

  3. It's indeed very dangerous to have a false sense of confidence in fighting just because you train martial arts or sport. Try to think you got yourself in a fight and realize there is no such thing as an arbiter.

  4. I have a mental issue with BJJ. I have done it for 3 years now, we are a self defense school, yet when I argue that we do not train against punches, just "bully grabs" which are completely unrealistic outside of a grade school, I am told it is what works and training against punches is to dangerous. I ask why we wear Gi's when we do not wear them in the street, I get "to do the technique right" but my counter argument is, that the technique should incorporate real life. If for instance, a technique requires me to grab the collar of a gi, how does me doing that technique right in any way shape or form translate to a situation in which my opponent or attacker wears no gi? It doesn't. Gracie/brazillian jiujitsu is struggling with an identity crisis. On the one hand it works, its very effective, and it something I believe everyone should know and learn. On the other hand, it is training for tournament situations with techniques that wont work in self defense, yet claims itself to be a self defense school. Half of our program is doing goofy wrist escapes, and then we do clearly ground technique designed for a gi'ed opponent in a tournament. Its two different messages and I find both flawed.

  5. I don’t practice self defence or anything like MMA or BJJ. I practice a martial art, but I do study how to assess and avoid threats via books and online credible sources. The most common advice for avoiding threats is to keep an eye out for shady characters, don’t travel alone at night and try to avoid places with bad reputation. So living in Dublin, especially around Finglas, seems to have heightened my chances that I’ll need to defend myself at some point. Last time I had to defend myself I was 17.

  6. Want to know the best self defense art to know? Knowing how to shoot a firearm and getting your CCW license. Just saying, i'm not in the best shape and im not going to hug you on the ground or trade punches and kicks. I'm going to get away from you, and if you continue to be a threat then I will use my 2nd amendment rights.

  7. The Helio Gracie line schools are more self defense focused, as opposed to Carlos Jr lineage schools. In general, that is.

  8. I think for the most common senarios are
    -if you are a woman: your boyfriend/partner are too forcefull with you to do sexual thing you don't like.
    Somebody is tryin to pick you up and don't know the limit
    -if you are a man, some random dude around you get angry
    Learning grappling is great to handle this situations. And additional striking to be confident in not getting punch in the face.
    If you are a reasonable person in a first world country you won't be part in any fight on the street most likely.
    3 people wanted to fight me in this year. Some kid, a random young man and a co-worker. This is a high number for me. But still I was involved in 0 street fight yet. If you are not looking for a fight in a first world country you won't get into.

    Yeah, what if 10 ninja in a dark alley with guns trying to rape my wife and my daughter. I just don't go to places like this.

  9. Rokas: I dont know, if this clip was only created to get youtube content. If not, and if you are really looking for some answers:
    1: BJJ is NOT suited for self defence. Because it really works only on the ground. And you DO NOT WANT to end up on the ground in a self defence situation. Not on top and not at the bottom position. Not at all. Its as simple as that.
    You were mislead by Aikido already, dont fall for BJJ now. The reason is, that BJJ is totally legit, but does not work against multiple attackers and streetfighting is in short basically about getting unfairly suckerpunched by multiple guys at the same time.
    2: In contrast to BJJ and your title, MMA IS basically indeed the same thing as self defence. By saying that I mean, that nothing prepares you better for fighting (in the street) than fighting (in the ring). And the little difference between a fight in the ring and a fight on the street that still exists (to become streetwise) cant be teached at all. You just need life experience. And you will not get that in a course or dojo.
    So the only effective "self defence system", that really exists, is doing competitions in – boxing, -kickboxing, -MMA or something like that. And all so called self defence systems like Krav Maga, Ju Jutsu, Systema or such stuff are maybe not bullshit, but seriously flawed, if not learned as part of a competative system.
    (I am a traveller and lived in favelas in rio, been in south american prisons, travelled 4 war zones and visited Papua New Guinea and got robbed a couple of times already. On the martial arts side: I have some black belts and did competitions in five different martial arts styles, worked as a MMA trainer for the police sports club, have a masters degree in sport science and trained Muay Thai in Bangkok)

  10. very interesting.
    I believe that for Self defense you need to develop both fighting skills and self defense skills.
    The problem is that most of the art that are dealing with self defense doesn't teach fighting skills

  11. The idea is always to deescalate specially against more than one attacker , if you can’t strike viciously and precisely with your body and what’s available. I disagree with “you can learn everything from the safety of your couch” mantra. What you learn has to be tested against a life opponent or you don’t know how effective you are with it

  12. If you combine true mma with shooting and situational awareness training, you've got the perfect self defense and self development setup. Go one step above and learn parkour, you'd be unstoppable. Barring that, just work with what you've got. Bjj or boxing are great combined, more than enough on their own, if you fear multiple attackers do boxing. The best combination is judo and boxing. Krav maga has great awareness training and philosophy, but the actual work is just baby's first muay thai. So you're better off just doing *insert effective fighting style here". If you're short on time (which is scary) or maybe if its like to a job as a mall cop, learn krava maga I guess. Krav is great for time sensitive purposes. The key is to keep on seeking knowledge the best you can. And being fit enough to enjoy its fruits (looking at you John Donaher). Seriously, fighting is great, but take good care and oil well the machine that must fight. Don't go too hard people.

  13. That is the part of self defense that very few people talk about. Avoiding getting in to violence in the 1st place. Though a combination of planing, observation, intimidation, and defusing.

  14. I've only watched a dozen of your videos, but this is the best I've seen. Your words are carefully measured, and you back them up with some very good info. It's a shame some other viewers do not seem to understand what you said, that self-defense or self-protection is different from actually fighting. I like to think of self-defense like security detail for a high profile figure or event. The point of personal and event security is prevent a conflict from ever happening in the first place. To accomplish this, they guard access points, patrol a perimeter, keep distance from high-profile individuals, search bags, use metal detectors and search people, prohibit weapons and large gadgets from the venue, separate and question suspicious people–all skills that are not fighting skills. If the security plan works out perfectly, no one gets hurt, no one gets arrested, everyone goes home. Actual fighting never happens.

  15. Gracie jiu jitsu is the most effective self defense out of all martial arts. They even have a full self defense program outside of competition.

  16. You dont need to go to a school for self awareness, stupid people do though. Obviously self defense is ment for both if you dont know how to be alert and aware of how to not be put in that situation, then get your out of your ass.

  17. I think self defense is an entirely different thing from fighting. Fighting in general you dont want to permanently injure or kill your opponent while in a self defense situation sticking a pencil into some guys eye may be the decision that keeps you alive.

  18. I am BJJ Brownbelt and also Judo blackbelt and i train BJJ in MMA gym. MMA and Judo are great for self defense, but BJJ is totally useless, because going to the ground is the stupidest place to be in self-defense.

  19. The age old discussion. There is no answer to it really. Too many variables.
    In the end just do it for fun. Aikido, bjj, tkd, whatever, do it because you love it and not because it is a silver bullet.
    If you want self defense, get a weapon or bodyguard or three

  20. Honestly I don't like BJJ for self defense, sure you could win most 1v1 fights but if you go to the ground and they have friends the odds are you're just gonna get kicked in the spine or the head, of course BJJ is awesome if it's a true 1v1 but that's not a bet that I'd like to make

  21. I got into Silat and Escrima 27 years ago. I got into Tai Chi and Bagua 11 years ago. I was a little ferocious before I did Tai Chi. For instance, I once yelled at my father for asking me a question about martial arts. Not acceptable. These days I am layback and chill and kick it and party when the party comes to me. So that's why I train is to be the party animal! Love, Mike.

  22. Learning Martial Arts/Fighting for self-defense to me is like learning to drive Nascar for surviving car crashes. Yes, being a highly skilled driver will provide you with lots of experience in high-stress automotive situations and also lots of practical experience in how to maneuver effectively in dangerous scenarios. But in the end of the day, avoiding car crashes completely should be the goal and race car drivers aren't necessarily better at that than cautious grandmothers.

  23. Self defence is what’s legally permitted…. fighting or kicking some ones ass over and above what’s justifiable will end up with the victim in jail

  24. I believe that BJJ is self defense. You learn to grapple and fight on the ground which not a lot of people know how to do. Combine this with say boxing, kickboxing, or Muay Thai you will be fine on the streets.

  25. As a Kyokushin orange belt and BJJ purple belt, when presented in such situations, I would diffuse all sort of confrontation civilly. Because I don’t wanna get stabbed or shot. And I don’t feel like getting sued either.

  26. These days for example kids are roaming the streets at night with their friends. I dont need a self defense class to tell me that kids shouldnt be hanging out after dark. Their parents should tell them that. And they certainly shouldnt be dressed poorly out at dark.

  27. Absolutely superb video. This video really highlighted for me, my own thoughts regarding MMA, fighting and self defense. All have their place, strengths and weaknesses and each is also applied to a different scenario uniquely. I like to maintain a balance between the art and realism. Which is also why I will never rule out techniques from an art that is generally laughed at or looked down upon. I often find Wing Chun strikes and the style of Systema effective for street defense scenarios are they are more wild and unpredictable which matches the tempo on the streets. I could discuss this subject at length for some time ha! Great highlight and really deep thinking for a subject that can be glorified with the glamour of Films/TV/UFC etc

  28. Ok so self defense equal to fighting skills + situational awareness, de escalation skills, conflict resolution and a few others, if I understand you correctly. If I learn about the latter how do we know it'll work? Aikido promised effective fighting skills but failed to deliver. A self defense course that offers non fighting related self defense skills might fail the same way since it looks quite hard to evaluate whether skills like these would work or not in reality. For example de escalation skills can be practiced with someone in a staged environment which is analogous to a cooperative training partner. Any idea how to reliably validate skills like this?

  29. Is "MMA" a formal martial art in itself nowadays? Are there standards and what not? I always though MMA is a combination of any other striking + grappling martial arts into a complete system. In that case, wouldn't BJJ be part of MMA in the MMA context?

  30. There are some good actual self defense training stuff but it involves situational awareness knowing when to run, pre emptive strike when in a v dangerous situation.and.so on

  31. I took a 4 month course called "self-defense and the law" back in 1982. The instructor was a retired police captain. Instead of teaching one-on-one wrist grabs etc he ran the class like a professional training workshop for cadets in the most common real-life situations AND how the law relates to those situations and the way police respond to those calls. It was so clarifying to view 'defense' as a 'habit of mind' rather than a set of fighting techniques. He taught us how to behave in a way that puts the law on your side. Many defense tactics taught by 'martial artists' on YouTube neglect to account for the civil and criminal legal implications (which can be serious). The topics in the class ranged from domestic violence (assault by someone you know) to being mugged by a stranger. We practiced dealing with these situations as a police officer might do and I have used that knowledge ever since in my daily life. The only self defense tools/equipment we learned to use were steel toe boots and a flashlight!

  32. The whole point of self defense is to avoid fights in life and death situations. Not escalate it. Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, military as well as many others already prove this practical concept a long time ago. Self defense is not for show business. This is nothing new unless you were born yesterday. 😁

  33. There is no be all end all "style" or "form" when it comes to fighting or self-defense. Anything you learn will add tools to your arsenal, but only training and experience will prepare you for any fight, whether in a cage, ring, on a mat or in the street. Let me tell you competition and real world violence are not even in the same realm. I've experienced both. If you think winning tournaments and competitions makes you a street fighter then you're in for a big surprise. Furthermore, anyone that says there is a best Martial Art does not know what the hell they're talking about. It's all about who is the smarter and more prepared fighter in any situation. The method one uses for combat is insignificant if it is effective for that person.

  34. What is self-defense? Legally speaking self-defense is WHY you fight, not HOW you fight. Self-defense is "Yes, your honor, I did this to that person or persons, and this is why…"

    In that respect, self-defense is just fighting.

    BUT, if you want to get into avoidance, deselection, deescalation, I recommend the various Shivworks courses.

  35. The idea that if you are good at self defence you will 99% of the time never need to defend yourself is not true.
    Three times or four times over the years people have walked up to me on the street and tried to strong arm rob me, two or three at a time. They got knocked from 58 years of Shotokan Karate practice. Keep on high alert at all times, all times. People that walk up to you are not your friends unless you are in church.

  36. The problem is self defense is boring. Why would you want to train against an attack against an untrained person.

  37. I know the smart and accurate option is to avoid it all , however i can't help it , i do not want to defend myself and avoid danger i want to fight , i will avoid the situation if I'm clearly at a disatvantage and have no chance at all like against multiple opponents or guns but if it's just a street fight I'd rather fight knowing full well what the consequences for that are

  38. Whether it is traditional martial arts or sport combat, truthfully most of the whole world of martial arts is a fantasy land. There's nothing wrong with that as long as a practitioner understands this. It is the same with sports. If you play soccer you're engaging in the fantasy that for some reason it's important if your team can get more points than the other team. But really, it is not important in life outside of the playing field. If you really like the sport you'll dedicate a lot of your life to it. If you don't like it, you won't.

  39. When training fighting skills for self-defense situations rule 1 is "you're always out numbered." It's why I dont like ground fighting being taught to beginners in self-defense. Your fundamentals that you fall back on when shit goes bad need to work in your worst case scenario.

  40. The problem i am trying to resolve right now is how do you teach to pregnant women, the elderly, and people in wheelchair an effective way to defend themselves in the worst situation that can happen out there, like multiple opponent. Also, i think if you want to teach self-defense, you have to consider the whole spectrum of conflict and violent situation, if you kick your neighbor's ass when he try to steal something from you, you have protected yourself at the moment ? But what happens next ? He is still your neighbor, he still live two block from you, and next time maybe he will try to bring his friends to confront you again.

    Another example that we should consider : sect. Those movement often use real psychological strategy to get to the most fragile of people. Shouldn't self-defense teach prevention against that ?

    Apologize if my english isn't clear, i tried to do my best, but it isn't my maternal tongue.

  41. Reminds me of my first silat self defense course
    "So a guy with a knife stnads infront of you demanding your wallet. What do you do?"
    "Fight?"
    "You give him the wallet. No matter whats in there it aint worth dieing over….so the guy has your wallet but isnt satisfied he wants to kill you…what do you do now?"
    "Fight?"
    "RUN! Run and scream for help. Run as fast as you can…now you ran into a corner and cant escape what do you do now?"
    "Fight?"
    "Yes….since you are pretty much dead now anyway you might as well try"

  42. Great analysis of common misconceptions! the best "self defense" has always been "human discerment, understanding and intelligence" . So enjoy martial arts for health and fun , making you feel good about yourself , being in the present moment ! Happiness is the real "self defense" Thanks!

  43. Critical to self defence is understanding our inner chimp! You can't really manage conflict until you realise how threat and conflict affect peoples thinking. This book explains… https://chimpmanagement.com/books-by-professor-steve-peters/the-chimp-paradox/

  44. The greatest crucible of hand to hand combat is the prison system. Watch prison fights to understand real fighting. No rules. No refs.

  45. Interesting video. I think a lot of it comes down to how we frame the terminology and what "MMA" and "BJJ" mean to people. I know BJJ is a very different beast altogether in its Martial form, with a lot of weapons training to boot. I think the key are the words "Martial" and "Sport", each able to fill in gaps that each might present.

    But a heck of a lot is going to come down to how the person teaches. A big downfall of all Martial/Sports Combat is very few "Coaches" actually do Coaching/Teaching courses and don't necessarily know how to recognise their coaching / teaching style to match that of the learner. Not everyone is kinesthetic, not everyone is audio/visual… If I teach Firearms using a single teaching method, only the students who learn in that way will get the most out of it. I need to know how the communicate effectively to ALL students.

  46. I'm not disagreeing with you in general. But I do think we have different definition.
    For you, self defence = self protection. For me, self protection = do whatever to keep self safe. Self defence = the physical action (can be anything) part of self protection, so in general, the physical fighting.
    Martial art = an art of functional fighting skills (again, doesn't need to be hand to hand combat, eg using firearm properly is martial art). Martial art without martial is fake/fraud.

  47. You are becoming more and more intelligent to listen to as you progress. I skipped a lot of your "angry at aikido/MMA bjj is all I know/like"-videos. I feel like you are opening up again. I don't fault you that faze though 😉 – you keep questioning and it is refreshing with this honest approach and insight into not only technical but intellectual martial development

    I am looking forward to your further progression

    Suggestion – I am interested in you pursuing knowledge on the difference between school/style and the pedagogy/ teaching style of all the styles. You already talked a lot about resistance training. That's not a school or a school specific thing. What about other pedagogical aspects of training ? Does schools matter ? What is a style? So on so forth. Inspiration might be found in Ramsey Dewey s talk on tai chi)

    Peace

  48. Like this video. Where do I find a Razzle Dazzle sensai? Seriously though distraction is great – Screaming at attacker ( to attract attention from people nearby and instill caution in attacker that help might be on way – had someone break into my hotel room end of last year while I was asleep and he jumped from second floor to get away after I told him in effect to go away really really quickly, calling out "Shit, it's the cops" – etc etc. And work on the martial art of sprinting, away from your opponent, I'm sure I've got a black belt in that. I enjoyed BJJ and down I don't have a local gym, but most of it is focused versus another BJJ practitioner, but would be very helpful in a grappling situation.

    On the other hand just being chilled seems to work too. Best police officers and security guards I have seen in action and I have the most respect for are those that are relaxed, and don't react to provocation and instead try to engage the potential combatant in dialogue and diffuse the situation.

  49. Hey you shown a video from my city… the one with French. Great Video… the true is no martial arts is ''street fight'' some are ''betters'' than ''others'' to prepare you for it, competition is also the closest you'll get in a controlled environnement. The street or war is Chaos.. and it always end up.. who can control his adrenaline rush the best, who can be the most violent and have the initiative. My pick of Martials Arts for self-defensem but the Teacher is more important = Boxing/Judo than anything is else is extra.

  50. Very perceptive. "We shall not cease from exploration

    And the end of all our exploring

    Will be to arrive where we started

    And know the place for the first time – TS Elliott."

  51. I feel like with BJJ, after 6 months of training youve learned all the stuff that would actually be useful if someone attacked you in real life (arm bars, RNC, triangle, etc). After the 6 month mark, everything you learn is just to make you better in strictly BJJ v BJJ scenarios like competing or rolling so not really very useful to defend yourself against an attacker. Unless you really want to berimbolo someone on da streetz

  52. Awesome video, Rokas! One thing I have a question about is when you talk about wearing clothes to make you less likely to be chosen as a target. This is a victim-blaming sentiment. It's often that we hear the phrase "she was asking for it" in this context. A quick google search will dispel this myth : https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/men-sexual-assault-clothes-women-victim-blaming-rape-a8792591.html

  53. Lol im doing martial arts for more than 10 years.after i start training i didn t fight in streets not even once.before that i had plenty of fights.but after training for more than ten years i ve been in small troubles but didnt fight on streets once.i train fighting sports mostly btw i find them more effective and fun.nice video dude if you know danger propably you can avoid it before starts.

  54. You make a few very good points here Rokas. It is basicly what I have been telling folks for a long time. This summer I went too Greece and a sitiuation occurred where all 3 came into play.

  55. BJJ and MMA are more sport oriented but they do originate with traditional martial arts. We also teach avoidance like being aware of your surroundings, taking alternate/safe routes, de-escalation, staying calm, keep your distance, tricks like yelling "fire" instead of help will bring witnesses, fire & police, setting off fire alarms, using improvised weapons, acting crazy – no know wants to deal with a nut including thugs, pre-emptive strikes such as take out a leg with a kick to the knee then just run like hell away towards crowds – safety in numbers. Remember there could be multiple attackers, guns and knives. Best to avoid a fight. A good martial arts program will cover all aspects of self defense and give you are great workout because obesity is probably the biggest issue for most people.

  56. i couldn't agree more. my coach always emphasised on the mindset of self defence, be it situational awareness, de-escalate the situation, places that we shouldn't be going, after doing all these and the aggressor hasn't back down, then defence yourself in a survival mindset to get away from the situation safety to ask for help. he also shared that it isn't like a BJJ match where the ref will make sure that both competitors are safe. In a self-defense situation, there are too many variables to consider, such as multiple attackers, weapons and many more. he will also advise us to cross train in other martial arts that will help you in a self-defense situation which will teach you the mindset behind it too.

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