Women's Self Defense

Women's Self Defense

Today I came across a facebook post  that told this story : 

A woman, who usually brings her dog on her morning walk, was instead walking alone with her young son. She noticed a red SUV slowing down as it approached them. When she looked at the SUV , a man, about 20 - 30 years old, rolled down the passenger window and stared at her. She was scared, but had no where to hide, so she kept walking with her son by her side. The SUV drove past her and pulled in to a driveway ahead of them, then the man got out and headed toward them. 
As she saw the SUV stopping , she remembered that there was a police station 2 blocks away, and she told her son : RUN. They were lucky - they were able to get to the police station in time and make a police report about the assailant. 

Many of us have similar stories : My daughter and I were being followed in a retail store here in Alvin before. Another time, a purse snatcher/ pick pocket was casing my friend as we walked along the sidewalk in San Antonio. In both situations, Self Defense training helped me to be able to recognize the danger and intervene before anything bad happened. 
I have several friends and family members who have been raped or assaulted. Many times, help was just a few steps away, but they panicked, or didn't know how to get away from their assailants. 

No amount of training will help you in all situations, but training will help you in MANY situations. It will help you to walk with confidence (which deters many assailants - who are searching for an easy target). Training will help you to not panic. Training will help you to be able to get away and get help. Training will give you the confidence and skills needed to step in and help others. 

Training also helps you to be in better physical shape. In the story above - if the mother and son had not been able to run the two blocks to the police station- their story would have ended much differently. 

Why Jiu Jitsu?

there are many self defense and martial arts systems out there, so what makes BJJ so special?

Size matters : there is a reason that boxing matches and martial arts matches are divided by weight . A woman weighing 125 pounds will never have the punching force of a man weighing 260 pounds. Physics dictates that the more massive and the faster a person is, the harder they will hit.

Jiu Jitsu teaches you to use your speed and flexibility to overcome the size differences. You learn to use leverage and movement to control your assailant. You learn to put yourself in positions that take away the power from their attacks. No matter how big a person is, a properly applied choke or arm bar will take them out. also, larger people hit the ground harder when you throw them. Why hit them with your fist when you can hit them with the planet. 

 

Our fight is on the ground

Women face different types of attacks than men typically do. Men ( young men especially ) are likely to get into a fist fight at the local hangout. Women are more likely to be grabbed, pulled, snatched, or shoved to the ground . Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to break grips and make distance - he can't shove you in a van if he can't hold onto you. Judo and Jiu Jitsu also teach you how to throw your assailant : if they are on the ground and you are standing, you have a better chance of running away. If your assailant does get you on the ground, punching and kicking become useless. but BJJ is in its element on the ground. Once there, you learn to control the situation and turn the tide on your assailant. If he is unconscious, he is not going to be chasing you. 

 

We can practice full force without hurting one another.

Many striking arts teach you to pull your punches. Or tell you : here is a modification that you can practice because if you were to do the actual technique you could kill your training partner .

Judo and Jiu Jitsu can be practiced all out - full force - without getting hurt. These arts are all about control . Controlling your body and your assailant's body. Because we practice full force, you will KNOW that your technique WORKS in reality.

When the time comes to fight, you will be able to fight with confidence, knowing that what you know is real and it works. 

We learn not to panic

One of the first things that you learn in BJJ is to control your breathing and not to panic.

Most of us go day to day and are never put into a situation where we feel trapped or in someone else's control. Because of this, when we are in a real life crisis , we freeze- we panic - we blank out.
While training BJJ, you will be safe. You will be put into controlled situations where you will feel trapped - then you will be taught to breathe, and think, and maintain your cool so that you can free yourself and win. Each time that you overcome this, it is easier and easier. Eventually, you learn to go into a zone where you are thinking clearly and able to maintain control even when you are in a very bad situation that looks like there is no way out. This allows you to wait and conserve your strength so that when your assailant makes a mistake and gives you an opportunity, you can gain control and win. People who watch me fight often comment " you never even looked worried at all" that is because I am in my zone. Panic won't help me win, but breathing and thinking will. 

Best Workout Ever!

You do not need to get in shape to be able to train BJJ. If you come to class at least 3 times a week, BJJ will get you into the best shape of your life. There is no single activity that gives the kind of core workout, cardiovascular workout, strength training, flexibility, and coordination that BJJ does. As a 44 year old woman, I know that BJJ is helping me to stay mobile and to prevent osteoporosis. I am in better shape now that I was in high school. Though I never do any strength training and I only weigh about 138 pounds, I can easily pick up and walk away with things that weigh 90+ pounds - 2 years ago, I struggled to pick up 25 pounds. BJJ changed that. 

You Are NOT the only one

At Still Waters Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, there is always at least one woman in every class for you to train with. We encourage everyone to train with everyone else, but we realize that women can be intimidated by the thought of physical contact with men who are bigger and stronger than they are. If you want to train, but only want to train with other ladies, just let us know and we will make a training plan that is suitable for you. 

 

Jiu Jitsu can be practiced by people of all sizes, shapes, ages, and fitness levels. There are even adaptive grapplers who are missing limbs, wheelchair bound, or blind. 

Age, Size, Fitness level, Gender.... none of these is keeping you from training.

The only thing keeping you from training is lack of confidence : You do not believe that you can. 
I am here to tell you that YOU CAN! 
You CAN train. 
You CAN defend yourself. 
You CAN win. 

It is easy to get in touch with us : 

1) fill out the request for information on our website stillwatersbjj.com

2) message us on facebook @stillwatersbjj

3) stop by for a visit 1101 E. HWY 6 suite D, Alvin, Tx 77511

Come alone or bring a friend. 



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