A Martial Art based off of intelligence & REALITYThe innovations for Self-Defense made by the Gracie Family are truly remarkable. They took the Japanese Martial Art, modified it based off of their needs, and created a system of safety that was developed through reflection, analysis, and REAL FIGHTS.
The art was consistently based off of the idea that, "The technique MUST work against someone much larger and stronger."
A pursuit of perfection in technique, strategy and psychology, all played a consistent role in the evolution of the Jiu-Jitsu. The guy at the forefront, Grandmaster Helio Gracie, was not a physical specimen by any stretch of the imagination. He did not have any physical gifts. He was a regular personlike you and me. This is what made the art so special. You did not have to be a freak of nature in order to be good at it and you could still develop true Self-Defense expertise.
The Gracie Family dedicated their lives to the biggest "Case Study" on fighting and Self-Defense ever. They proved what works and what doesn't from testing EVERYTHING. They created a system that works by stacking the odds in your favor. Understanding that it is more about "not losing", as opposed to "trying to win".
Anything can happen, but they wanted to make sure they were always in a position to survive. For women, this is of the utmost importance. Women will not have the physical upper hand in most Self-Defense situations. The techniques of Jiu-Jitsu involve using, leverage, angles, base, and proper body mechanics to insure safety.
"Jiu-Jitsu represents the triumph of human intelligence over brute strength." - Grandmaster Helio Gracie
Awareness, Avoidance, Mindset (AAM)These THREE things can help you overcome most Self-Defense encounters. The funny thing is, all three of them are concepts that transcend techniques.
Question ONE"I am a Black Belt, and Former Professional MMA fighter, who wins in a one on one fight, me or YOU???
Did you read that and think of how ridiculous the question is. Your answer was probably, "You, of course, what a stupid question!" Let me re-phrase the question
Question TWO"What if I broke into your house, ran upstairs, grabbed your kid and started running for the door...Who wins that one???"
Is your answer different? I thought so. That is the "Predator vs. Prey Role Reversal". If it ever came down to you having to protect yourself, remember, turn the the predator into prey and they will "pray" for their safety! Now, when you become a Black Belt, you can be the one asking the question!
Physical skills enhance verbal/mental skillsWhen you possess the physical prowess to protect yourself, confidence and empowerment come along with it. You subconsciously become a lot more mentally and physically capable of conquering things you otherwise wouldn't have. A women who walks around the street at night knowing Jiu-Jitsu, is usually the women the attacker doesn't "read" as a target.
You carry yourself differently and most likely, after learning Jiu-Jitsu, you won't be walking around the streets alone at night because you will get a view of the REAL WORLD.
Don't allow yourself to be someone fearful to walk down the street or to your car scared. Don't allow yourself to be afraid to speak your mind when you need. Don't allow yourself to be CONTROLLED by someone because you are physically scared. TRUST ME, nobody has EVER left a Jiu-Jitsu class not feeling empowered or better about themselves.
Don't wait, try it once, if you don't continue, you will have at least learned something that could SAVE your life.
"Every adult should be able to save their own life." - Earle Liederman
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