So, jiu-jitsu is great for self-defense, and we all know this. Anyone with a few years under his or her belt is more than ready to defend against an untrained attacker.
The problem is that most people don’t make it that far. In fact most people won’t even make it a year.
This is why the Gracies always say the first thing we should teach is basic self-defense. That way, even if a student quits, she may still be able to defend herself.
So, this got me thinking. Out of all the self-defense positions, which ones are most important?
Here is my answer.
1)Mount Escapes With Punches
Defending mount in a sport class is one thing, but punches add a whole new element. This is a worst case scenario, but it is vital in an attack. When someone is punching, you need to know how to keep them from posturing and being able to throw. You also need to know the basic trap and bump.
2)Punch Defense into the Clinch
Many altercations start with a single punch. Learning how to block a punch and then clinch is crucial to applying BJJ to street situations. If you are unable to get the fight to the ground, then you are in some trouble.
3)Standing RNC Defense
The most commonly used move by non-practitioners is the RNC (rear naked choke), and for good reason; it’s deadly.
Most of the standing RNC escapes usually involve sinking your hips underneath your opponent and turning it into a throw, but there are also variations for this. It is extremely important to understand the RNC because of the damage it can do.
4)Side Headlock Escape
Another hold commonly used by the untrained fighter is the standing headlock from the side. This is usually used in order to throw punches directly to the face. There are many variations to this escape, so make sure you learn at least one.
5)Guard “Rape Choke” Defense
This one is especially important for women, but it can also be useful in life and death situations for men. The “rape choke” is when someone holds your neck from inside your guard and attempts to cut off your air supply.
Usually the counter to this is just a basic armbar, but it is still a little different than how you would apply it in a normal sport situation.
There are obviously many other great self-defense moves we should all learn, but I believe these are the most useful and practical.
Do you do any self-defense specific training? If so, what other moves would you suggest be on this list?