Although many martial arts focus on the virtues of violent restraint during conflict, the commonality of all styles is that they are systems of self defense training. In regard to fighting, the bottom line is survival: defeating an opponent by any means. The general public is today more aware of the preparatory effectiveness that martial arts brings to those interested in protecting themselves and their families.
The trend of self defense training systems moving away from the codified traditions of martial arts as a way of life have led to a view of martial arts techniques as a means of survival. Self defense training has become about quickly developing skills for personal combat in which the mindsets range from maiming your attacker with brutal, lethal tactics to escape tactics (i.e., get out of there as quickly as possible). Any self defense system is about identifying your goal and training to meet it.
Jiu jitsu is a strategic, relatively nonviolent method of self defense. It utilizes leverage, locks and holds that can neutralize a bigger, stronger opponent when both combatants are off their feet and grappling in close quarters. Combined with a clear understanding of the appropriate rules of engagement in a school setting, knowing the basics of jiu jitsu can give a child the necessary tools to combat a bully.
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