When you are doing Self Defense focused Jujitsu, you should always remember that every technique you do has a combat reason. This means there should be no techniques that are “just good for competition.” I cringe when I hear instructors say “I would never do this in real life, but lets practice it.” If that is the case – then why bother. Unless you are working out with your cadre of blackbelts, and you just feel like playing around, there is no excuse to ever teach a student something you would never use in real life. Self Defense should ONLY be focused on what your WOULD use in real life. More importantly – HOW you would use it in real life.read more
“What Martial Art is best for self defense?” a student asked me. As a Jujitsu instructor who has been doing this for 32 years, I actually get this question quite a bit. One would expect after dedicating an entire martial art career to one martial art, the answer would be obvious. It would be the art I do. It is obviously the best martial art for self defense. But I could not give that answer to my student. It would not be the truth. Jujitsu is not the best self defense martial art in the world.
Ok, you are probably saying, I am confused now. What?
I cannot say that Jujitsu, as practiced throughout the world is the best self defense martial art. Some dojos focus on combat/street effective self defense, others do not. Some look more like sport. Some seek only to preserve a tradition and practice only kata. So I cannot answer that question by stating Jujitsu.read more