WANT TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE ON HOW TO USE SELF DEFENSE IF NEEDED? BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU INSTRUCTION CAN GIVE YOU THAT KNOWLEDGE AND CONFIDENCE FOR SELF-PROTECTION.
All of us hope we are never put in a situation where we feel the need for self defense. However, in the world in which we now live, one never knows when the unexpected may happen. In my many years of training, I have never known a student of BJJ to go out and deliberately pick a fight with someone. My sensei – Professor Tom Dinklage – would never allow someone to train at his school that used BJJ techniques in a manner that is less than honorable. His philosophy would be “The best fight you can have is the one you can avoid”. However, I am grateful that he includes in his curriculum “STREET BJJ” – in other words – how to defend yourself when needed. More than once this instruction has proved invaluable to me.
MY BJJ SELF DEFENSE TRAINING BEING PUT TO GOOD USE
Since I live in a beach community in Florida, the winter months obviously bring a lot of college students here to party hard for SPRING BREAK. The beaches are packed with people out to have a good time. Getting a little crazy during spring break is hardly surprising so it is no shock to anyone that this “good time” usually has alcohol mixed with it.
The gym at which I lift weights is located on a street directly across from the beach. Yesterday when finished with my work out I decided to walk the beach back to where I live. I make this walk numerous times a week – but yesterday brought an element of surprise that I was not expecting.
As I was heading down a narrow street to the beach, I heard someone yell “HEY!” I did not really take notice until I realized the second yell of “HEY YOU!” was being directed towards me. Two guys were leaving the beach and walking directly down the same street I was. Since I did not recognize them, I ignored them until one guy says “NO OLD MEN ON THE BEACH!!!!” Now I may be 50+, but if you want to negatively get my attention call me old!!!!
I had no desire for a confrontation – but as I was close to passing side by side to them the guy who had yelled at me stepped in front of me. There is no need to repeat the language used – other than to say I instinctively went to a defensive/protective posture as I had been taught in my BJJ class. It is difficult to describe how this happens, but I immediately became fully aware of my surroundings. I still had no intentions of getting involved in a fight until this person took an aggressive step towards me.
The moment the guy stepped forward, I could have cared less what his intentions were as I went into “autopilot” for an immediate response. I quickly changed levels – closed distance – got a tight clinch where my head was in his chest under his chin, shoulder in hard against his body and driving forward as hard as I could towards a parked car. Hitting the car hard, I could sense the wind being knocked out of him because of my shoulder placement. As he started to drop towards the street, I brought a knee up to the guy’s groin to put a decisive finish to the ordeal. As he dropped to the street, I immediately turned around to see his buddy with a look of shock on his face!!!! He instantly began apologizing saying they had been partying – etc. I said nothing. I simply kept walking down the street – but backwards so I could keep both of them in my view until I reached the beach.
MY THANKS TO PROFESSOR DINKLAGE FOR BJJ SELF DEFENSE TRAINING
I honestly wish this encounter had never happened but I am grateful that I had the training from Professor Dinklage at Precision Martial Arts that gave me the confidence and ability to handle myself in this situation. I know I probably did not execute the techniques I used exactly as I was taught, but I instinctively utilized them adequately to keep myself safe. I also realize the significance of quick action and the element of surprise for self defense.
Early in my training career, Professor Dinklage had given me the nickname of “THE BADGER”. I feel that a dozen years after getting that nickname the EXPERIENCED BADGER can still handle himself!!!
My thanks to Professor Dinklage.