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How Effective Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Really Is

Let’s start by saying that Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is one of the most effective martial arts. It allows smaller practitioners to defeat bigger opponents, using chokes and locks to their advantage.

The movies where small guys defeat bigger opponents are usually not realistic. If you were to go into a boxing match with a guy twice your size, your odds would be very small. In BJJ, however, it is more common and easier to defeat bigger opponents.

The techniques in BJJ are meant to be as effective as possible, making it possible to defeat even bigger opponents than yourself. (In on-on-one situations at least)

What makes Brazilian jiu-jitsu so effective

The main think that makes BJJ as effective as it is, is the usage of leverage. You don’t have to pull hard if you pull from the right place. Decades of refining the BJJ have made it the best version it can be today.

No matter how big your opponent is, their joints and veins still work the same. They can be joint locked and choked, just like anybody else, and it does not require a huge amount of force to do so.

Another factor that makes BJJ so effective is that anybody can start training it. You don’t have to be a superhuman in order to take your first BJJ class. If you are not flexible and out of shape, you will adapt to the environment and start developing.

The first year or two you will get most of the progress. After that, it’s about refining already known techniques, mostly, but some new ones might come up as well. Simply by mastering the basics makes you way better off than the majority of people.

Like I mentioned, being super flexible is not necessary for BJJ. Despite that, flexibility can help your performance when training BJJ. I have a complete post about flexibility and how important it is when training BJJ. You can read it here.

Another key element that makes BJJ so effective is the usage of frames and leverage. I have a more in depth post about frames, structures and leverages. You can read it here.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu against multiple opponents

When it comes to a fight where you are facing multiple opponents at once, BJJ loses its efficiency, since you can only lock or choke one person at a time. It is also good to keep in mind, that in underpowered situations like this, no matter what martial art you practice, your chances are very slim.

In situations like this, where you are facing multiple opponents, striking martial arts such as boxing or other striking sports might increase your chances. You won’t be so tied to taking down one opponent at a time.

Best advice still is to simply run away if that is an option. No matter if you are facing one or multiple opponents, running will have the highest chances of getting out without a scratch. Even if you manage to win the fight, it comes with a cost. Maybe torn clothes or black eye. Run or talk yourself out of situations always if possible.

Is Brazilian jiu-jitsu effective in street fight

There are pros and cons when it comes to street fighting and BJJ. The good thing is that you can defeat a bigger opponent if your BJJ techniques are on point. You can beat one opponent with BJJ, if they have no martial arts experience, and you avoid getting punched and knocked out.

Bad news is that BJJ often focuses on ground fighting, and the ground is always not the most pleasant place to be in, at least if you are at the bottom.

However, depending on your skills, you might be able to take the fight to the ground while maintaining the top position. This way you will reduce the risk of getting injured due to being flattened or kicked while on the ground.

BJJ is the most effective in one-on-one situations. Like I mentioned before, facing multiple opponents is not ideal for BJJ, or any martial art. In cases like this, talking your way out or running is the best option.

Final thoughts

In a nutshell, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a very effective martial art. Not only will it make you able to defend yourself up to some extent, it will also help you to keep your body and mind in good condition. More about BJJ as a workout in this post.

Sure, training BJJ, like any other martial art, comes with a risk. However, there are ways to prevent injuries and train safer. More about how dangerous BJJ is and how to train it safer in this post.

Other BJJ-related posts can be found here.

Hopefully this was helpful to you, have a nice day.


What is Brazilian jiu-jitsu?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting. This means it focuses on taking the fight to the ground and finishing the fight with joint locks or chokeholds. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was developed around 1920’s, and was modified from judo. Nowadays, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an essential martial art for MMA.

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