The problem with BJJ/MMA for self-defense

The problem with MMA/BJJ as a self-defense platform is that the average person simply cannot do it. The degree of athleticism required means that at least a plurality, if not a simple majority of the public, is disqualified from even starting. The injury rate and the potential for injury aren't just higher; they are *wildly* higher.

If the *average* person wants to learn self-defense, they're much better off with FMA or any blade-aware system. It will be far more realistic for them, as opposed to any MMA school, whose methods rely primarily on health, strength and conditioning.

For far too many people who want to learn self-defense, saying, "Step one: become a semi-professional athlete" is neither feasible nor realistic.

Phil Elmore

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    The problem with MMA/BJJ as a self-defense platform is that the average person simply cannot do it. The degree of athleticism required means that at least a plurality, if not a simple majority of the public, is disqualified from even starting. The injury rate and the potential for injury aren’t just higher; they are *wildly* higher.

    If the *average* person wants to learn self-defense, they’re much better off with FMA or any blade-aware system. It will be far more realistic for them, as opposed to any MMA school, whose methods rely primarily on health, strength and conditioning.

    For far too many people who want to learn self-defense, saying, “Step one: become a semi-professional athlete” is neither feasible nor realistic.

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