The 2 Main Reasons Why Jiu-Jitsu Is The Single Best Martial Art For Self-Defense And Fighting

This is still one of the most common questions about Jiu-Jitsu. In this video, I will explain my perspective on...

 

  • Why the early UFCs answered the question about which martial art was most effective… and why those answers are still relevant today [0:56] 
  • How the original structure of the UFC, which included 3 or 4 fights per night to win, and no-gloves and barely any rules, shaped the world of Mixed Martial Arts 
  • How Royce Gracie really forced the world to learn Jiu-Jitsu (hint: it wasn’t just the fact he won his fights… it was how he won) [7:50] 
  • Why if you’re doing Jiu-Jitsu correctly, it’s never a fair fight, and the odds are always in your favor [9:20] 
  • Why the MMA glove was created, and why it’s misleading for what’s effective in a real life fight [11:40] 
  • Why you may want to revisit the first couple UFCs to see what happened for yourself. 

 

 

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How the BIGGEST Boxing Match of all time was WON using Jiu-Jitsu Part 2

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STAY SAFE

One of the main principles to understand in “Staying Safe” is how to effectively manage distance.  In fighting there is a very specific range that is needed to be effective with strikes, knowing this, one of the fundamental principles of Jiu-Jitsu is: Anytime we are fighting, we either want to be too far away or too close for our opponent to be able to do damage.

One of amazing skills that Maywether was able to employ to help him stay safe was his understanding of how to manage distance to neutralize danger.  After the fight Conor mentioned he had a very difficult time dealing with Mayweather who was constantly in his face fighting him at a range where he was not effective with his strikes.

This is the reason in Jiu-Jitsu, from the feet, we are always looking to safely get to the clinch where it's much harder to throw effective strikes.  Throughout the fight Mayweather and McGregor would clinch, throw ineffective...

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Why “the back” position is not as good as most people think.

Why “the back” position is not as good as most people think in MMA or for fighting.

Many consider “the back” position the most dominant position in all of jiu-jitsu and are willing to give up any position to take the back.   “The Back” is considered by many the golden position, a place where we all strive to get to but for MMA or Self Defense it is not a position I recommend for my students and I usually advise them NOT to take the back if securing it places them on the bottom of their opponent.  If given the choice I always prefer for my students to maintain the mount and stay on top and here is my reasoning why:

There is a much greater ability to do damage with strikes from the Mount Position. 

From the mount we have the advantage of being able to reign down very heavy punches and elbows.  From the back, striking is quite limited because we are facing the back of the opponents head and striking that area is illegal in...

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Can you be a complete martial artist only learning Jiu-Jitsu?

I remember one of my first exposures to Jiu-Jitsu was watching Royce Gracie fight in UFC 1 back in 1993 (a few months before that I had seen an old grainy vhs copy of a copy of Gracie in Action 1 and 2 so I knew who the Gracie family were and  who Royce was).  All of the competitors in the event were decorated competitors in their respective martial art, skilled martial artists.  The UFC back in those days was a tournament style, no weight limit, no time limit, bare knuckle fight. The only rules were no biting, and no eye gouging.  All else was allowed.  In those days the UFC really was "As Real As It Gets" except you had to fight 3 game opponents in one night to "win".  Royce Gracie won the first event in under 5 minutes dispatching Art Jimmerson, Ken Shamrock and Gerard Gordeau barely taking a hit.  After seeing the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in action again, I knew I had to figure out a way to learn the art.  A year and a half later...

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Standing RNC Escape with the Hook In - Holly Holm Should Have Done This

 

I shared an escape for a standing rear naked choke about a month ago, it's an escape I feel works better then what is sometimes traditionally taught which is the hip throw.

The reason I was looking for a new solution was because I've tried to hip throw once someone has the RNC on my neck and were squeezing extremely tight and with all their body weight going over and their arms squeezing to my neck because my partner didn't let go, it ended up pulling really hard on my neck and I ended up almost seriously getting injured.

My neck was sore for about 2 weeks and I still had to tap.

I used the ideas of how to escape a RNC on the ground and applied it to the stand up position, turning to face your opponent depending on which arm is around the neck.

This past Saturday night we saw Meisha Tate submit Holly Holm because of a failed hip toss to escape and I decided to share my video because I had experienced the exact same thing although when I did it, it was without the one hook being in....

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