Self-defense through Jiu-jitsu or karate: Which is the best?

Self-defense through Jiu-jitsu or karate: Which is the best?

The world of self-defense is incredibly important. There are many different types, from boxing to karate and many in between. The question is which form of self-defense is the most effective to keep you, and others safe.

There is one form of self-defense that is less known to others and is one of the more effective compared to others: Jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu is a form of martial arts that does not rely on kicking or punching, but more on combat sports based on grappling, ground fighting, and submission holds. There are many different ways to fight and protect, and the more commonly seen are punching, kicking, and other forms that use limbs rather than your entire body. When more than arms and legs are used, a significant advantage is created.

Not only is Jiu-jitsu effective during different combat situations, but it also has many other benefits for the body and the mind. In newspaper advertisements from 1930s Brazil, the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu were listed as “more agility, sharper reflexes, more acute senses, improved blood circulation and respiration, and a sense of absolute tranquility, as a result of the self-confidence that the techniques of Jiu-jitsu would instill.” This form of self-defense is good for your body. For young children, all the way to adults, it teaches patience, helps people learn how to deal with things under pressure, builds confidence because Jiu-jitsu focuses on you and your body not just how quickly you can kick and then recover.

Jiu-jitsu is beneficial to kids. Karate is also thought to be in this realm, but is thought to create violent tendencies because it is more physically focused compared to Jiu-jitsu which has large focus on the brain along with peace and finding that sense of calmness. Students learn more than just how to defend themselves against an attacker; they learn respect for their skills and how to use them appropriately and effectively. Beyond physical training and agility, students learn at least ten life skills that will contribute to healthy growth and development. Kids need an outlet to get all of their vitality out, whether that is sports , theater, art club or whatever works best. Jiu-jitsu is both a creative outlet for the kids who do enjoy art but is also a great way to get out some of their pent up energy.

Self-defense is really important to keep everyone safe and also a way to calm the mind and body. Think of the best way to do so, and sign up for Jiu-jitsu.