Daily Archives: January 9, 2014

“Why Women Should Train Jiu Jitsu” Video: Your Thoughts?

So there’s a video that’s being shared around the Interwebs, and some are lauding it, some not so much, creating an example of why women should train jiu jitsu:

Other than admiring the fantastic quality of the video (cameras that can create that sort of high definition image are not cheap, my friends) I sort of took it for what it is: a funny, smart little commercial promoting women’s self defense- subdue someone without causing a scene, walk away with no mark on the woman or the overly-pushy guy.

Some people out there feel this is a travesty to the sport, stating that the video is an over reaction and women are suddenly going to be choking men left and right in bars after just one unwanted advance at a bar, and that women will attempt this after just one class….

Ok, guys? Relax.

Here’s the thing, I was actually a little hesitant initially to watch this video, because I thought it was going to show a much more realistic situation where self defense would be necessary: a brutal attack in a dark alley behind the bar. The video here is a much more tasteful portrayal of a situation that every woman will instantly recognize, even if they do not have personal experience with it: the pushy advances of a man, who just doesn’t want to take no for an answer. The fear here is being overpowered, and taken out of the bar to a place where help cannot reach you.

Also, for those who are saying that jiu jitsu is not appropriate for self defense….Um, that’s why jiu jitsu was started. The whole damn thing started as a self defense, martial arts system- the gogoplatas and the berimbolos are super fun and all, but some of the basic, beginning techniques of jiu jitsu are all about self defense: what to do if someone grabs you from behind, or tries to carry you away, etc. While I agree that women’s self defense weekend seminars are sort of that tricky situation, since you’re teaching them certain techniques that they won’t practice ever again, that’s not what this video is about. It’s not touting that after just one weekend seminar, or just one class you’ll be able to defend yourself- it’s explaining why women should train jiu jitsu, presumably on a consistent basis for an extended period of time. That’s what I took from it, at least.

What do you guys think about it- do you think it was a good video, or do you disagree with the message it’s trying to convey?

Let me know what you think!


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