More and more French people are getting into jujitsu. In particular, they’re getting into Brazilian jujitsu. If you want to understand why this phenomenon is happening, just look at past videos of UFC tournaments. The reason should be quite obvious. If it’s still not obvious to you, let me spell it out.
Traditionally, when we talk about fighting arts are martial arts, we think about karate. Maybe we think about taekwondo or some sort of martial arts that involves kicking, punching, striking, that kind of thing. After all, a lot of people have watched Bruce Lee movies.
Bruce Lee looks like he is invincible on the silver screen. It seems that regardless of how many people charge Bruce Lee, he always comes out on top. He doesn’t have to use nun chucks. He doesn’t have to use a steel bar. He just needs to use his fists, and he comes out on top almost every single time. What’s going on?
Well, the problem is that’s the movies. There are tons of martial arts movies, and there are tons of martial arts heroes like Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, even Jean-Claude Van Damme. However, the problem is that’s fantasy.
Fantasy doesn’t factor in contingencies. Unpleasant realities like something as basic as gravity often get overlooked or flat out avoided in the movies. Don’t believe everything you see on the silver screen. You just might be setting yourself up for a very harsh disappointment. Talk about a nasty let down. The answer lies elsewhere.
This is the real world. In the real world, if you’re a striker, you are at a competitive disadvantage. Why? You need to know how to fall. If your competitor knocks you out or causes you to lose your balance, it’s very hard for you to get back up.
It’s very hard for you to overcome Brazilian jujitsu because in jujitsu, you position your body in such a way that your opponent’s body works against him. That’s how it works. There’s a lot of philosophy behind it. I’m sure there’s a tremendous amount of spirituality, but that’s the bottom line.
Even though you may be wearing a BJJ or jujitsu gi, the right equipment is not going to save you. You know what will? Proper training. This is why a lot of people have abandoned striking martial arts. They quickly realize that karate, boxing, traditional striking martial arts like wushu don’t work when your opponent his into BJJ. He only needs to tip you over, or he needs to fall over on his and you to follow him for him to get the upper hand.
Again, wearing a BJJ or jujitsu gi is not enough. Don’t rely on your equipment to bail you out. Focus instead on the right mindset. Focus instead on the right training. Abandon all striking arts and focus on working with your body so you can turn your opponent’s own movements and momentum against him. That is your most powerful weapon.