The Debate is Over
At this point, denying that BJJ is essential for women’s self defense feels like denying the earth is round, which is apparently actually a thing.
There’s simply a mountain of evidence showing that women have employed the gentle art to destroy larger, stronger opponents. Of course, there are still some naysayers. It begs the question, if showing example after example of women defeating larger, stronger opponents in various situations doesn’t end the debate. . .will anything?
All we can do is produce the evidence and share the truth. Here’s some of our favorites:
Sabrina Leites Armbars Street Mugger in Brazil
Here’s a native Brazilian with reportedly four years of training controlling her would-be male attacker with an armbar. She adjusts the armbar pressure to negotiate (and it seems like, scold) while the man screams in pain.
Girl Submits US Marine in Seconds
What looks to be at least a fifty pound weight differential doesn’t stop this woman from quickly finishing her opponent. In the match, her offensive output is impressive as she transitions from guillotines, to back takes. She is even slammed hard at the end, but shrugs it off and finishes her choke. (yes, the slam would have been devastating on concrete, we know.)
Girl Armbars Girl
Here’s a great video of two teenage girls fighting. One clearly has BJJ experience, and after a beautiful guard pull to tomae nage, she ends up on top for an armbar. After a nasty crank on the arm, she takes mount and reigns down strikes.
We should say, we’re not fans of fighting to resolve petty squabbles, nor are we big on striking an opponent when jiu-jitsu is a legitimate option. Still the technique under pressure here is on full display.
But Wait, There’s More. . .
And these are just the videos. There are dozens more antidotes, such as these
So why are we still arguing? The debate seems like it’s over to me.
Final note, women should practice jiu-jitsu not just for self defense, but also if they just want to be badass, like anyone else.
Also, you can check out other articles on YouJiuJitsu, like our piece on the situp guard.