When you begin training Jiu-Jitsu you will soon realize that there is a big difference between sport grappling and grappling for real combat. It’s not necessarily the techniques that are different, it’s the approach to the techniques and the mindset involved when executing the techniques; as well as the choice of techniques to execute.
For instance, in Kobukai Ju-Jitsu we spend a great deal of time training takedowns and throws that can permanently disable your opponent, or setup a quick bone break / choke to quickly end the fight. If we can avoid ground grappling, we will. The reason being is that the ground adds extra variables to the combat equation that could potentially lead to harm or death. One of the biggest and most obvious variable would be a another attacker. Obviously, we are much more mobile while standing and if the situation presents itself, we can always escape and run away. But, if you are fighting on the ground and involved in a grappling fight on the ground, you are basically stuck until you finish off your attacker.
That being said – ground grappling and learning to fight on the ground is a VITAL skill. It is said that 90% of all fights go to the ground, so it is extremely important to learn how to fight on the ground – BUT – 100% of those fights started standing, so you DEFINITELY need to learn to fight on your feet.
The question that may arise from this post is which Jiu-Jitsu style should you choose? The answer is simply – what is your goal? If you goal is pure self-defense, then Kobukai Ju-Jitsu is for you. If you are looking to compete in MMA, Jiu-Jitsu or Submission Wrestling fights, then Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for you. If you are just looking for an extra hobby or to get into shape, either style would work for you. My suggestion would be to come down during our class times and check out both styles and see which one really interests you.
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