Jubera Jiu-Jitsu will be doing Self-Defense seminar and demonstration at the grand opening of the Sports Authority at 92nd and Sheridan May 2nd from 11:45 AM to 12:45. I will be covering standup self-defense techniques such as defense against the hand in the throat to an armlock, wrist releases, headlock escapes and other common scenarios needed to get a person street ready. Most self-defense situation end up in a grappling situation and that is why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the best martial art for self-defense. Our techniques use large body movements such as bear hugs that work well under stress compared to other moves that are too complex to work under stress. They also can be tried on resisting opponents compared to eye gouges and groin strikes which can't be practiced at full speed and therefore give a false sense of confidence. So if you are interested in seeing what BJJ is about, then check out our self-defense seminar this Saturday.
After fifteen years in Jiu-Jitsu, I believe that the best move in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the trap and roll. It is the first move taught in the introductory lesson at my academy. It can be used by white belts and world champions. It can be used in self-defense or at the academy. It teaches students about base and leverages the large muscles of the body against your opponent. It also has a lot of sneaky details that determine the effectiveness of the move. I think it is also so important because it can change the tide so dramatically from losing to winning.
When I was starting training, I wrote off this move because I thought it was for bigger people. I was a gangly 145 lb teenager at the time and it was much easier for me to use moves like the foot drag and the foot lift and the knee and elbow to escape. I even remember hitting this move on black belt world champions as a blue belt. I remember being stoked at the time and thinking at least I have this mount escape thing figured out. The problem was that when training with Saulo and Xande Ribeiro (and there are a lot of problems when training with them), is that their mount attacks are amazing and their guard passing is just as good as their mount attacks. So even when my bread and butter escapes would work, I would just get my guard passed again, only this time I was more tired.
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