BJJ and MMA Are Not Self Defense • Martial Arts Explored

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BJJ and MMA are widely considered the most efficient martial arts for self defense, yet beneath this image there is a big misconception which may prove to be fatal if it will be misunderstood. Hi, my name is Rokas and in this Martial Arts Explored episode we will take a look at why BJJ and MMA are not self defense.

Here is a link to Iain Abernethy's Martial Map podcast that I highly recommend listening to: https://iainabernethy.co.uk/content/martial-map-free-audio-book

Martial Arts Explored episode on how MMA Exposed Traditional Martial Arts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap0Z1sqPrM0&t=286s


Welcome to the Martial Arts Journey YouTube channel!

My name is Rokas. I'm a Lithuanian guy who trained Aikido for 14 years, 7 of them running a professional Aikido Dojo until eventually I realized that Aikido does not live up to what it promises.

Lead by this realization I decided to make a daring step to close my Aikido Dojo and move to Portland, Oregon for six months to start training MMA at the famous Straight Blast Gym Headquarters under head coach Matt Thornton.

After six months intensive training I had my first amateur MMA fight after which I moved back to Lithuania. During all of this time I am documenting my experience through my YouTube channel called "Martial Arts Journey".

Now I am slowly setting up plans to continue training MMA under quality guidance and getting ready for my next MMA fight as I further document and share my journey and discoveries.


MMA and BJJ Is Not Self Defense • Martial Arts Explored

Martial arts can be practiced for various reasons such as health and fitness, or a social activity, yet most people who start some type of martial art - initially do it for self defense reasons. None of us want to be mugged or beaten up and a martial art may bring a great sense of self confidence, which may already help avoid conflict. In reality though - not all martial arts are created equal and it is important to choose the right martial art for the right reasons. If you will search online for which martial art is the best for self defense, many conflicting answers may appear, yet most of the dominating answers will most likely lead you to the direction of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, AKA BJJ, or Mixed Martial Arts - MMA - alongside a couple of other options. Generally speaking there is a good reason why many people promote BJJ and MMA as the best martial arts for self defense, yet within it there is also a huge misconception, which if believed in - may have life threatening effects.

Hi, my name is Rokas and I welcome you to another Martial Arts Explored episode, where with my gathered experience of practicing martial arts for over a decade, I do my best to apply critical thinking to the martial arts world in order to shed light on important misconceptions and fallacies. And in this Martial Arts Explored episode we will take a look at why MMA and BJJ Is Not Self Defense.

To best explain what I mean with this argument, first of all, we have to take a deeper look at the fact which is commonly misunderstood. And that is - that martial arts, fighting and self defense are three different fields. Yes - they are related and interconnected, but their essential purpose and the means of serving that purpose are immensely different. Years ago, my eyes were opened up to this fact by a self defense and practical Karate instructor Iain Abernethy who uses a venn diagram, which he calls a martial-map, in order to explain this very common misunderstanding. If you haven’t listened to his podcast on the subject, I highly recommend it, as he explains it in great detail and clarity. You will find the link to the podcast in the description bellow.

Yet to break down the essentials in this video and to present the problem - as you see in the venn diagram designed by Iain, and as mentioned before, the three subject interrelate, yet are also occupying their own fields. In order to understand what this diagram stands for I will give you a couple of examples. First of - learning certain movements in martial arts may make you more capable in fighting, as some of the learned skills may be applied if someone will attack you, yet a lot of others aspects of martial arts have nothing to do with actual fighting - such as traditional Japanese clothing, ancient movements, asian names, traditions and other similar parts, which often consist a large part of various martial arts. As another example - martial arts tend to increase the awareness of a practitioner, which may help one avoid a dangerous situation, or that same awareness may be used to be more capable in a fighting situation, yet in cases where the three fields do not interrelate is where the main confusion arises.


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