Defense definitely has things to keep, which can be useful for a practitioner, but not as much as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The main reason for the existence of the BJJ is to be able to use the technique to overcome force – that a weaker man physically can subjugate another stronger than him. So why should it be reserved for men?
Here are 3 reasons that make it the ideal martial art for women:
1 – SELF DEFENSE
The statistics on violence against women are frightening:
According to the WHO, 35% of women and girls are exposed to some form of physical and / or sexual violence during their lifetime.
7% of women will be victims of rape during their lifetime.
In France, a woman dies every three days at the hands of her spouse.
To fight against this violence, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu allows the practitioner to control his attacker without hitting him, controlling him on the ground and applying an articular key or a choke. In BJD lessons, randoris (or fights) allow practitioners to try what they have learned against an opponent who is 100% resistant, and see what really works.
It is often said that one should not go to the ground in the event of an assault, but this applies to an attempted theft for example, but what happens when a rapist tries to assault a woman? He will try by all means to put it on the ground. Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will give him the skills to get by. Of course, there is no miracle technique and we cannot guarantee 100% success, but a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner undoubtedly increases her chances.
Trying to knock him out with a punch seems very effective at first, but it’s extremely difficult for a person of a smaller size to succeed in knocking down the attacker in a few strokes. The BJJ has proven its effectiveness in 1-on-1 situations, all weight categories combined. Below is a picture of Hillary Williams when she was only a JJB blue belt, where she managed to win a fight against a man much heavier and stronger (physically) than her.
BJJ progression can be long, very long, but when the work pays off, it’s a huge reward. Heavyweights or men who were already physically strong when they started, may not recognize themselves in this description, but for light weights, men or women, jiu-jitsu is initially quite discouraging, painful and sometimes stuffy ! We are crushed by the weight of the opponent, we can not use his strength because it is not sufficient against a heavier opponent, but we can not use technique either because we do not know!
Then comes the day when you manage to submit someone who is 10, 20, 30 pounds heavier than yourself. Once, twice, then regularly! And it is there that one understands that one can succeed everything, with perseverance, abnegation and courage. If you learn the technique correctly, and practice it all the time, it will work. Not only will this experience on tatami mats strengthen you in everyday life, it will allow you to have more confidence in yourself and your abilities.
Laurence Cousin, first French world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
3 – A FUN AND USEFUL PHYSICAL EXERCISE
Jiu-Jitsu is an intense sport that can help you lose weight, get fit and have a toned body. It will improve your strength, flexibility and cardio! Most movements use the abdominal trunk and the flexibility of the hips. Anyone can do it, you do not need to prepare before joining a club, it is not by going jogging or cycling that you will be prepared for the practice of JJB. Whatever your current physique, join a jiu-jitsu club and you will get countless benefits!
Finally, it is also a sport that requires mental concentration and reflection which makes it a complete and fulfilling martial art. It is often called the human chess game (“human chess” in English) because it calls upon attributes which are not only physical. You work on strategy, analysis, reaction time, patience, and many other things. We are far from the subscription to a generic gym where we will lift weights or do rowing, which can quickly become boring!