how long training bjj for self defense?

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  1. babygetoboy

    babygetoboy Yellow Belt

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    hi everyone. I was just wondering something today after class. how long of training in bjj does it take until you are able to defend yourself I'm a self defense situation? I was wondering because I'm getting pretty good in the gym but have no idea how it would translate to a self defense scenario. I've been rraining about 7 months btw.

    thanks
     
  2. jr jr

    jr jr Purple Belt

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    The question is too broad. Are you a D1 linebacker that started Bjj 7 months ago or a 45 year old dude that never played sports who is 40 pounds overweight? Who are you defending against? A random drunk guy, a guy with a gun, a mom with three kids and some road rage? Do you work out 2 hours a day, a week, a month?

    Go enter a tournament, see how you react under some pressure.
     
  3. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    Ask a training partner to put some gloves on and punch you in the face.
     
  4. SuperSuperRambo

    SuperSuperRambo Senior Moderator Senior Moderator

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    Not only that, what kind of training are you doing and what techniques are you focusing on? How much do you work takedowns? Have you practiced closing the distance on the feet and defending strikes on the ground? Or do you just train for sport?

    All of these are factors as well.
     
  5. jr jr

    jr jr Purple Belt

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    I can't argue with that.
     
  6. Colossal Squid**

    Colossal Squid** Green Belt

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    some important skills for BJJ in a self-defence context

    getting to clinch while someone is pushing you off / punching at you
    securing takedown / pulling guard (if you are smaller)
    recovering guard from various bottom positions
    breaking opponent's posture down and holding him down from guard

    If you can do those ok then you should be able to sweep/submit/punch from mount most assailants by now, given similar physical abilities.
     
  7. Kozbot

    Kozbot Purple Belt

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    If you have to ask an internet forum this then you are probably not ready for a self defense situation
     
  8. TSO

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    Every single day of training is better than a day sitting on the couch, so one day.
     
  9. BJJ_Rage

    BJJ_Rage Gold Belt

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    pulling guard SHOULD NEVER be an option in a SD situation... guard is to make the best of the situation, meaning someone tackled you down and you are now fighting off your back.
     
  10. HHJ

    HHJ Jeg reiser til mørkets dyp der alt er dødt.

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    i agree i wouldnt do it. you could get spiked on your head
     
  11. Colossal Squid**

    Colossal Squid** Green Belt

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    Don't you think he should pull guard if he is at a big strength and weight disadvantage and is unable to get a takedown? If not, what should he do? Flying armbar?
     
  12. greenmanwldcard***

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    He should probably run away at that point
     
  13. SummerStriker

    SummerStriker Black Belt

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    Yeah. Pulling guard beats the shit out of being thrown. I'm 240 pounds and if I figure out I'm about to go for a ride, MMA sparring or grappling only, right down into guard I go.
     
  14. Spazzmaster

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    I hate this question.

    A "self defense" situation can involve anything. You can train BJJ for years and years, and still be quickly killed by someone who has a knife, or a gun, or a group. Hell, you can be a master of multiple arts and still be knocked out by a sucker punch.

    Think how many times you're out in public and someone is behind you or out of your sight range. That's the reality. In that sense, you will NEVER be "ready" for a self defense situation.

    The most important and effective self defense skills will always be awareness and avoidance.
     
  15. Spazzmaster

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    Most of the time when I hear people talk about martial arts for "self defense," what they're really talking about is winning a fight. Some ritualistic mutually agreed upon physical confrontation with unspoken limits. Some guy shoving you in a bar. Some guy barking at you at a party. That is not self defense. That is a pissing contest.
     
  16. Spazzmaster

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  17. gururise

    gururise White Belt

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    +1

    I don't think we'll ever be "ready" for a real self-defense situation. All we can do is increase our odds of surviving/winning in those situations. As mentioned, a single sucker-punch can take out any black belt. One can never be "ready" for such a situation. A real fight is not fair, nor is it often 1 on 1 (at least here in So. Cal).
     
  18. ManFurrB

    ManFurrB White Belt

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    This
     
  19. teamventure09

    teamventure09 Yellow Belt

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    i remember i purple belt of decent size and strength who pulled guard on the streetz and ended up with shoe marks on his face.
     

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