Yes you read correctly, the martial art of Jiu Jitsu will not work most of the time on the street.

Unfortunetly Jiu Jitsu self defense has gone extinct.

I'm sure many readers clicked on the title because how dare I criticize Brazilian JiuJitsu.

Before you get on your high horse and start defending your art wait for a minute and take a breath.If you are a newbie to martial arts then I also have some good news for you.

Let me put it as simple as I can in one sentence.About 90% of Jiu-Jitsu Academies only teach sports Jiu-Jitsu.

What does this mean?Well, they don't teach distance management and defending against strikes and other kinds of attacks.

The Reality Of Most JiuJitsu Academies.

Most Jiu-Jitsu academies train students to win medals in tournaments but let's look at the problem with that.

Your Average Joe, Women, and Children Don't Care about Tournaments; they want to survive on the streets.

So what happens?Let's take a fictional example, a guy called Mike is in his 30's, and he works as a delivery guy in a dangerous area of New York.

He wants to learn Self Defense because he has been in a few dangerous situations where he was violently assaulted.

So he saw on TV and the UFC that Jiu-Jitsu was the “best form of Street self-defense”.

So he goes to his local Jiu-Jitsu academy, and he tells his teacher that he wants to learn Self Defense.

The instructor says yes he will teach him self-defense.Months later Mike walks down the street and gets confronted by a bad guy.

Mike tries to defend himself because he thinks he learned self-defense.

Mike is unaware of the fact that he is trained to win competitions and not how to win a street fight.So mike gets his ass kicked and gave up on Jiu-Jitsu.

Why Did You Start Doing Martial Arts?

The Main Reason, most people, learn martial arts is self-defense.

I'm sure if you ask most people why they take up a martial arts the reason would be self-defense and not win a tournament.

The reality today is that you have to do research and look into Jiu Jitsu Schools to make sure they have a self-defense curriculum.

Jiu Jitsu's original culture was Self Defense.Unfortunately, this culture has been diluted with many academies losing the real budo culture of Jiu Jitsu.

The Martial Art Of Jiu Jitsu Traditions: The Gracie Academie

I was fortunate to find the Gracie Academy where they teach traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Self Defense as the foundation and then build everything else on top of that.

So let's ask the question:Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu good for self defense?

So here is the good news.There still are legitimate Self Defense Jiu-Jitsu Academies out there that will teach you Self Defense.

And yes if you go to these Academies and learn real Gracie Jiu-Jitsu then you can say Jiu-Jitsu is the best form of street Self Defense available.

If you want to learn JiuJitsu for Self Defense, then I suggest joining the Gracie Academy or the Valente Brothers Academy. The Gracie Academy has a great new program called 32 principles of Jiu Jitsu to help you get the fundamentals of Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

I'm sure there are other schools out there that teach real Jiu-Jitsu Self Defense, but I'm only telling you about schools I have personal experience training at the academy.

Be careful about academies that says they teach self-defense, but you never train distance management both on your feet and the ground.

Also, make sure they train for different types of strikes on the ground and on your feet.If they don't then you are not learning how to fight.You are learning how to win a medal. What you need is combat Jiu Jitsu for street self defense.


There is nothing wrong with competing in Jiu Jitsu competitions if that is your focus and you want to have fun with the sport.Just make sure you know what you are signing up for.

Unfortunately, there are many stories of disappointed blue, purple and brown belts who get beaten up in the street because they had no idea that they didn't know how to defend themselves in a real street fight.

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