Matthew Warner

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This video of an actual fight is making the rounds about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. (Warning: lotsa strong language)

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These guys are complete, boneheaded morons for allowing this to escalate into a fight. I don’t commend this as a illustration of maturity or common sense. HOWEVER, it’s a prime example of BJJ’s applicability to self defense. I’ve studied karate, Tae Kwon Do, and now I’m studying BJJ, and I think it’s truly the best. (You can skip the machismo and go directly to the fight at about 1:15.)

I’ve had people tell me, “I’m too old to do that.” Baloney. I turn 42 in two months, and I’m not too old. I’ve also met people pushing 70 doing this, and they’re not too old. Others have protested this is only for men or boys. That’s also baloney. We have a 100-pound female in my class, and in another six months, I have no doubt she’ll kick my ass. Others have told me, “I’ll just run away.” Yes, I agree that’s a great strategy, but what if you’re cornered and can’t run away? What if there’s a child or some other loved one who can’t run with you? And others have told me, “I’ll just kick/punch him in the nuts/throat/eyes.” Also a valid strategy, but as you’ll see here, that’s not always an option, either. Only about three punches were exchanged in this tussle. The rest was about control and talk-down.

If anyone near Staunton wants info on our local BJJ school (I *promise* we’re more mature than these two f’ing idiots), send me an IM. If you’re out of the area, open your phone book to find a school. Invest in yourself and your family by doing this.

End of rant!