Daily Rickson Interview Series 5 of 24: Practical Application of Self-Defense Jiu-Jitsu

Today in the our Rickson Interview Series: Rickson answers is it still practical in the application of self-defense Jiu-Jitsu to control my opponent until help arrives?


BJJ Legends: It’s been said that in a self-defense situation, a realistic consideration of holding on until help arrives is a viable option. What are your thoughts on that?

Rickson: Depends. I mean, if you’re talking about self-defense in a situation where I’m in a regular equal situation, I can hold the guy for the cops arrive or whatever. But if I know, by holding the guy, his friends will come, or if I’m a fragile woman who has just gotten space and get out of there, it’s a completely different feeling of how you have to protect and survive. I feel like jujutsu’s capable to give to the opponent a very complete spectrum of the possibility, either to deflect the energy and try to escape, either to kick the guy’s butt, whatever it is, the need. In some cases, the opponent is bigger, stronger, meaner, you wanna just the deflect, get space and get out of there as quick as possible. The options are there and the way you’re gonna use it will depend of the need.

Tomorrow: Rickson answers the question, Do we still need self-defense taught in Jiu-Jitsu Schools?

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