Gracie Jiu Jitsu was originally designed for one purpose: self defence. The official self defence program of Gracie Jiu Jitsu is called Gracie Combatives. Its core philosophy assumes that the aggressor is larger and stronger than the defender. This is a useful mindset to adopt when training in self defence. Remember, there are no weight classes in an emergency. Adults and kids, men and women, everyone can enjoy learning self defence in a safe, cooperative environment. The goal is to learn together.
Gracie Jiu Jitsu has a strong tournament scene. But adults and kids will find that training for self defence is very different. Its focus on leverage, technique and precision remains unchanged. This is why Gracie Jiu Jitsu is effective as a self defence system. Its moves are useful for all people, adults and kids included. However, there is a greater focus on common street scenarios. Such as, hair being pulled, or environments with other people or hazards. No previous experience is needed.
Competition Jiu Jitsu rewards the martial artist who learns and masters many techniques. But reading up on thousands of moves and practicing for years isn’t effective for self defence purposes. Instead, Gracie Combatives would see the student master only a few, highly effective techniques. Even many top Judo players will only have two to four throws in their arsenal! These core techniques will change from student to student, depending on their body type. Adults and kids are encouraged to experiment and find the moves that work for them.
The collar choke is a popular move in both competitive and self defence Jiu Jitsu. True to its name, it involves using the aggressor’s collar to choke them. It is safe to assume that an aggressor would be wearing some type of collared garment. Sometimes this is just a t-shirt. But, the student should assess every factor. A t-shirt rips and tears very easily. An overcoat or hoodie would not. Adults and kids should also learn to assess the aggressor’s body type and size relative to their own. This will also have an impact on some moves. Adults and kids should have a few reliable techniques at the ready, in case their favoured technique is not viable.
In an emergency situation, it might be necessary to use breaking techniques. These target the joints of the aggressor. Gracie Jiu Jitsu Artarmon provides a safe learning space where the safety of all adults and kids is top priority. Careful thought should be given to the use of these techniques. Even if it is an emergency. For example, a crowded space might not allow some moves to be used. Law enforcement and security staff might likewise wish to avoid breaking techniques because of the legal consequences.
Gracie Jiu Jitsu Artarmon is an ideal training ground for learning Gracie Combatives in the lower North Shore region. Adults and kids strengthen body and mind from training a martial art. On top of that, Gracie Combatives teaches adults and kids a tried and tested self defence program.