Ok, I know it was rock in a sling and divine intervention that brought Goliath to his knees but we can’t always count on those things being handy when an emergency arises. That’s when you need Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
So many people when talking about the menace of a neighborhood thug will say something like “What can anyone do, he is SO BIG!” But size and bulk aren’t all that matters in a life or death combative situation. The skill and science of Jiu-Jitsu even the playing field as much if not more than Samuel Colt did with his revolver.
My sensei is a small man with a pronounced pot-belly and grey hair, a poet and professor of languages at a large university he is completely unassuming. He is however a very dangerous man. He began studying Jiu-Jitsu after being badly beaten by some older and much larger boys at school, and nothing like that ever happened to him again.
The reason a small man, or even a small woman or child, can be an equal match for a burly bar room brawler is applied physics. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the culmination and refinement of thousands of years of combative science and makes use of forces like momentum, leverage and positioning rather than depending solely on a person’s brute strength and savage will.
Hip throws and leg drops, two of the first take down techniques students of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu learn, both look like amazing feats of strength when in reality they are just clever manipulations of leverage and an opponent’s center of gravity, and with the help of a good instructor or coach can be performed by even the smallest student.
No joke, I have seen petite school girls throw one of my senior training partners who is 6’7 and built like a football player to the ground with ease and a solid thud.
Even more useful to women and children who may be attacked are the many wrist locks and joint manipulations that are employed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Often the first thing an assailant will do is grab their victim by the arm, wrist, or shoulder and neck. But by grabbing a person who is proficient in Jiu-Jitsu you are actually giving them control of the situation. With very little strength a student can break a choke hold, force release of a hand or arm, or even trap the hand and arm of their attacker and break it or just restrain them.
And these techniques are so simple effective, no back flips or spinning high kicks, that almost anyone, man, woman or child, can learn the basics of self defense in only a month or two of training at a good school like Peak Performance Martial Arts in Keller, Texas.
After slaying the fear of the aggressive “big bully”, however, most students will not stop their training. They find that the exercise and confidence make them feel too good to ever think of stopping and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu becomes as much a part of their lives as eating or sleeping. Something they could not live without.