by Prof. Renato Migliaccio
We always blame Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to be one of the best self-defense around, but it’s going to continue to be the best self-defense. That’s if practitioners will continue learning all the martial arts. And also, if they use and understand the way on how to use BJJ as a way of self-defense as a way to counter any other martial art.
Lately, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has got so specific that people were just training with their BJJ partners. They are forgetting to do the cross training and the mixed training that once made Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the best self-defense. Many BJJ practitioners only know how to react to a BJJ person. But, some of them are having trouble reacting with a wrestler judo or Sambo athlete. Of course, we are talking about the comparison of a very skilled BJJ black belt with another very skilled Judoka, wrestler or Sambo. We want to compare BJJ to a higher level in the different martial arts.
So at our training, we are looking to get our students exposed to all the martial arts like Judo, wrestling, & etc. These martial arts do a position called a Heel hooks, Scissor takedown, Sumi Gaeshi sacrifice throws. Although some of these are banned from BJJ tournaments for being extremely dangerous, it’s still better to be acquainted with these illegal submissions. You’ll be ready to go when somebody tries to apply them against you. A large number of these illegal BJJ submissions have a ton of legitimacy for the self-defense situations or MMA applications. Thus, they are well significant to learning! And should not be banned from classes just because they are not legal in tournaments.
Even if you don’t plan to utilize them to finish your opponent, you will still be required to defend yourself properly against them. Usually, these dangerous submissions training are not given to the people. When they face situations in which their opponents use these submissions, they eventually end up getting a submission. Lack of realistic training will make the most efficient self-defense martial art look silly.
At our training, we understand that trained people react right and untrained react wrongly. Wrong reactions should be added to training situations. You never know who you will have to defend yourself against one day.