Women’s Self-Defense and Sexual Assault Prevention
With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training, any woman will be able to overpower and control a much stronger and larger male attacker. She will be able to use the application of physics and leverage to reverse the situation and control her attacker from a dominant position. She will learn the techniques needed to end the fight and escape to safety quickly. It just takes a month of training in BJJ for a woman to see just how effective she has become in the art of grappling. When that new male student walks in for his first BJJ class, the woman will be shocked at just how easy it is to dominate a larger man who has no grappling experience. All men think they can wrestle, but the reality is that grappling is an art form. There isn’t a single person in the world that is born knowing how to wrestle. In fact, we all make the same mistakes when we first grapple. BJJ has identified all of these common mistakes and makes quick work of anyone who has never been a wrestler or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.
It is imperative that if you or someone you know is in need of life saving self-defense training, that they chose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for their studies. Try a class and you will see. At Team Link BJJ in Enfield, CT we offer a 30 Day Free Martial Arts Trial with no obligation. We are so sure that we will prove to you the effectiveness of our art and will fall in love with the science, that we are able to give a month away for free.
What is The Best Martial Art for Women?
When it comes to protecting yourself from sexual assault or domestic violence, choosing the best martial art for Women’s Self-Defense could be the difference between life and death. With so many different fighting styles, it can be hard to research all of them and pick the one that will best protect yourself or your children from predators. The most common martial arts styles today are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo, Isshin-Ryu, and Krav Maga. So how do should you go about picking the right one for you? It is best to narrow your focus down to the two main categories that are use to classify fighting styles.
Striking Martial Arts Vs. Grappling Martial Arts
Many people do not even think of grappling (wrestling with joint locks and chokes) as being a part of the martial arts at all. Most people think of high flying kicks, breaking boards and lightning fast punches. This is the reason that so many women do not even want to attempt self-defense training. It is too intimidating to have to learn all of those high kicks and choreographed routines, especially if we are not in our athletic prime. The reality is that there are several martial arts that do not require you to be young, flexible, and athletic. The most popular grappling style is called Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ( BJJ). This style of fighting uses the proper application of leverage and technique to defeat a much larger and stronger attacker. Since there are no high kicks and the like, it is extremely easy for anyone to become proficient in BJJ no matter their age, gender, or athletic abilities.
Martial Arts for Movies Vs. Martial Arts for Self-Defense
For many people reading this article, it may be your first time hearing about BJJ or Grappling. How effective could Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu be if everyone is just recently hearing about it? The primary reason that the striking arts were always more popular is simply because they look flashy and make for exciting movies which hit the masses. Hollywood lead us to believe that an effective fighter must be strong and athletic with fancy jumping spin kicks like Jean Claude Van Damme or lighting quick bone breaking skills like Steven Seagal. In the 80′s, Karate made a meteoric rise and schools started to pop up all over the country with instructors looking to hop on the gravy train that Hollywood created. Everyone, including these instructors, genuinely believed that their skills were secretive and lethal. Karate had a mythical aura that made us all fear anyone who said they practiced karate and we were under the impression that we needed learn these deadly secrets if we wanted to be able to protect ourselves.
Trust the Myth or Opt for Science
People flocked to these schools and were convinced by their teachers that what they were learning was lethal and should only be used to protect themselves. The myths about the effectiveness of these martial arts spread like wild fire such as a black belt needs to register his hands as deadly weapons, we can be rendered unconscious with pressure points or knocked out without being touched. Although none of these myths were ever demonstrated or proven, they didn’t need to be for us to believe because, who was going to run the risk of any of this actually happening if we didn’t blindly believe.
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Due to the disturbing amount of sexual assaults, rapes, and domestic violence incidents, one of the largest target markets for self-defense classes is women and young girls. Karate and striking martial arts instructors held women’s self-defense seminars and classes in order to give them the skills they needed to survive such an attack. While most of these teachers had only honorable intentions and a true belief that their martial art was effective, what was less than honorable was that most of them failed to relay the most important fact.
The Truth About Martial Arts Training and Techniques
The reality is that in order for these techniques to work, a person would have to drill these techniques tirelessly for years in order to be able to apply them against a larger, more violent, and determined attacker who was trying to cause real harm. In an effort to increase students and participants, Karate instructors had to sell their Women’s Self-defense Programs as having an immediate result in a student’s ability to protect themselves. The result was that women were sold a dangerously inflated sense of self-confidence, unaware that their newly acquired “skills” and techniques would more than likely result in an angrier attacker who would cause more bodily harm than he intended.
If You Take Shortcuts in Your Training, You Better Know a Shortcut Home
The fact remains, striking martial arts such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Kung Fu all take years of practice to be effective. A practitioner must develop the proper technique, accuracy, speed, power, and timing in order to react to an attack and counter with an effective, fight ending response. There is an important truism that most are reluctant to share because they don’t want to offend women or be construed as sexist. However, this restraint to share and failure to accept scientifically proven facts, WILL cause women to get hurt or killed. The fact is that most women simply lack the strength, bone mass, and power to be able to block a strike, remain conscious after being struck, and deliver a powerful enough counter strike to render a larger male attacker unconscious. The best martial art for women’s self-defense should not require strength and athleticism to be effective.
Striking Martial Arts Rely on Physical Attributes
Watch the video Lucia Rijker vs. male opponent on Youtube. Even though she lost, nothing but credit and respect can be given to this incredible female fighter for her performance in this fight. However, we have to look at all of the facts and make an assessment on whether striking is effective for Women’s Self-defense. Lucia Rijker is arguably the greatest female fighter who has ever lived. If you don’t know who she is, she plays the antagonist in the movie “Million Dollar Baby”. In this fight, while her opponent is skilled, he is nowhere near a top level fighter. The idea was that the greatest female fighter who ever lived could surely defeat a mediocre male fighter. Although, what we see is that she lacks the power to overwhelm her male opponent. Her punches do not affect him and his are just too powerful for her. She is punished for two rounds before he ultimately knocks her unconscious. If the best female fighter in the world cannot punch hard enough or absorb a man’s strikes, do you want to risk your safety on techniques you spent an hour practicing at a self-defense seminar?
Lights Out For The Contestants, Lights On For Martial Artists Everywhere
Luckily, in 1993, the world finally had the opportunity to see what the best martial art really was. The Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC brought the top martial artists from all over the world to the United States in order to be pitted against each other in a no rules, no holds barred fighting tournament that would once and for all prove which martial art was the most effective. What we weren’t told was that the real reason the UFC was created was so that the Gracie family could show the world that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) or Gracie Jiu Jitsu could defeat any striker with grappling techniques.
In fact, the Gracie family created the UFC and had no doubt that they would win. To further prove their grappling art’s effectiveness, they chose one of their smallest fighters so that everyone would see that the victory was merely a result of superior technique and not because the fighter was stronger or more athletic. Royce Gracie was the smallest fighter in the tournament and the only fighter who was a practitioner of a grappling martial art that nobody had ever heard of. To viewers around the world, he was the clear underdog. However, he shocked the entire world by repeatedly closing the distance on his opponents, taking them to the ground where they could not strike effectively, and ultimately forcing them to submit or tap out or fall unconscious to his chokes and joint locks.
The martial arts world was rocked and many started to wonder if they had been wasting their time learning the wrong martial art. Many people defended themselves and justified their time training by convincing themselves and others that Royce Gracie’s win was a fluke. However, after he won the next UFC’s all with the same outcomes, the effectiveness could no longer be disputed. It was clear that when you put striking martial art vs. grappling martial art, the has a huge advantage. In an environment where there are no rules and no time limits, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ was proven to be the best martial art.
While striking martial arts such as Karate rely on physical attributes, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on the application of physics to overpower a stronger and more athletic opponent by utilizing leverage and technique. This is what makes BJJ the best option for teaching Women’s Self-Defense Classes. Considering that most sexual assaults will end up on the ground, shouldn’t a woman know how to fight against an attacker in this situation? How effective are her striking combos that she learned in karate going to be used when she is on her back?
Women’s Self-Defense Classes at Team Link CT
Team Link offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts classes for Women in our group classes. Annually, we hold Women’s Self-Defense classes free of charge in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April . Our free self-defense seminars are an effort to constantly to raise awareness and to provide the community with personal safety tools. Our group classes for women are unique because we have many women on our team. Most schools cater to the male athlete and women who wish to train are forced to grapple with much larger men. It is very difficult to learn this way and can be uncomfortable for the beginner female student. At Team Link, you will have many women to train with and will not be subjected to injury at our gym.
Benefits of Learning Self-Defense for Women
- Losing Weight and Getting in Shape
- Feeling Empowered by Gaining Knowledge
- Strengthening Yourself Psychologically to Deal with Stressful Situations
- Increasing Self-Confidence
- Building Endurance
- Defend Yourself from Larger Attackers
- Protect Your Children from Predators
BJJ is the Best Defense For Assault and Domestic Violence
Unlike most striking martial arts, BJJ focuses on using leverage and technique to defeat an attacker. A woman training in BJJ can easily overwhelm a much stronger male attacker, control the situation, and end the fight quickly. All while suffering the least amount of damage possible. Why stand toe to toe with a man and take the chance of being rendered unconscious, when you can take the fight to the ground (where it will end up anyway), and dominate your attacker when his strikes are ineffective? At Team Link BJJ in the Hartford, CT area, we will show you how. We are the best at what we do and we stand by our claims with a 30 Day Free Trial!
A Fun, Safe, and Relaxed Family Environment
At Team Link BJJ we have an extremely comfortable environment with great coaches and students who want to help you learn. You will feel welcome as soon as you enter the school and you will find more women in our classes than any other BJJ or MMA school around. We will not make you train with men who are too large for you and we will never subject you to unnecessary risks of injury.
If you are one of the hundreds of women who have attended our Free Women’s Self-defense Seminars in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, then you know that Brian American is an incredible instructor who understands how to teach, make people comfortable, and relay the most important details of every Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique.
Don’t Allow Yourself or Your Child to Become a Statistic
Everyone thinks it can not happen to them. Are you willing to take the risk of being unprepared if it does? Your life and livelihood depend on your safety if it should ever happen to you. If you or somebody you know could benefit from our Free Women’s Self-Defense classes or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, please contact us now at [email protected] or call Amy, our Student Services Manager at 860-469-LINK (5465). We look forward to hearing from you and working together to prepare you to defend yourself!
Women’s Self-Defense Program Overview
There are many programs for women’s self-defense. Most involve teaching ways to block a particular type of strike and then counter with a retaliatory barrage of punches and kicks. The reality is, the training time it would require to be able to effectively deploy these techniques is years, not hours. Now add the stress of the situation and your chances of remembering the combinations are slim to none.
Moreover, most women simply lack the punching power to render a man unconscious or to deliver enough pain to halt a determined attacker. Let’s assume you have repeatedly trained the striking techniques and have developed the punching power and form it takes to knock a man out. What happens when he hits you first or he tackles you to the ground? The last thing you want to do is try to go toe-to-toe with a larger man and have him knock you out first. Now you are unconscious and defenseless. If he is able to get you to the ground, those combinations, blocks, punches, and kicks are useless.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the single most effective martial art to escape a sexual assault, mugging or domestic violence situation due to the fact that you WILL end up on the ground and BJJ will teach you to use leverage and technique to control your stronger attacker, gain positional superiority and either escape to safety or incapacitate your aggressor. When learning striking martial art techniques you are taught step by step instructions on how to defend the hundreds of unique attacks an opponent can use. You better know them all and be proficient in each.
Conversely, with grappling for women’s self-defense, you do not learn step by step instructions on defending specific attacks. Grappling is more of a free-flowing art where you can capitalize on your attacker’s mistakes and use science to nullify the size and weight advantage he has. You’ll be able to identify the mistakes that every untrained person makes when wrestling and you will know how to capitalize on their mistakes in order to gain dominance. You will see within a few weeks of training with Team Link BJJ that you are able to control just about any man who joins the class that has not trained in grappling before.
The ladies in our Women’s Self-Defense classes are blown away at their progress and skills when they have the opportunity to train with a new male student. In addition to all of the great techniques you will learn, you will also train your mind to be calm in a combat situation, avoid panic, and you will learn how to make yourself look like less of an easy target.
In Summary, when you put yourself in the mind of a male attacker, you can deduce that he wants you to be on the ground, especially if it is a sexual assault situation. He knows that he is heavier and stronger and will easily be able to control you and stop you from getting away. If you train with us, his confidence in his physical prowess will ultimately be his demise!
by Brian American
Women’s Self-Defense and Victim Resources
Connecticut Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Crisis Help Lines
|STATEWIDE||Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services||888-999-5545|
|Bridgeport||Center for Women||203-334-6154|
|Hartford||Sexual Assault Crisis Service||860-525-1163|
|Middletown||Women and Families Center||860-344-1474|
|Milford||Rape Crisis Center||203-874-8712|
|New Britain||Sexual Assault Crisis Services||860-225-4681|
|New Haven||Crisis Council||203-624-2600|
|Stamford||Sexual Assault Crisis Center||203-348-9346|
|Torrington||Susan B. Anthony Project||860-489-3798|