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Self Defense Misinformation Can Get People Hurt

There’s a video circulating the internet right now that you may have seen. In it, a woman from RippedFitness is showing self defense techniques on how to escape an attacker and defend yourself. This video was published by Marie Claire with the purpose of providing women with self defense tips. It has racked up almost a million views. If you have not seen the video, you can watch it here:

Now, let me say that the intention here is good. I am all for empowering women with the proper tools to defend themselves. However, learning improper techniques to stay safe can give a false sense of security and can quite literally get someone hurt.

This video is being passed around and roasted by the Jiu Jitsu community and let me tell you, jokes are being cracked left and right. On the surface, it’s easy to laugh at the techniques (I use that term loosely) being taught in Marie Claire’s video. However, teaching and spreading ineffective self defense tips in a video titled “5 Self Defense Tips Every Woman Should Know” is actually incredibly dangerous and no laughing matter.

The most worrisome thing is that a woman would not know how ineffective these techniques are until they were in a situation in which they had to use them. By then, it would be too late. Videos like the one created by Marie Claire, with its nice production and impressive backdrop, do much more harm than good.

The truth is, you are not very likely to acquire any real self defense ability through watching a few videos online, no matter how well they are done. The best thing anyone can do is to get down to their local Jiu Jitsu academy, sign up, and start learning the most effective martial art in the world. Jiu Jitsu and its principles apply to real world self-defense scenarios.

If you are in the Austin, TX area and need a good place to learn how to properly defend yourself, you can CLICK HERE and sign up for 30 days of FREE Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes at the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in the Austin, TX area … Aces Jiu Jitsu Club. 🙂

[VIDEO] Choking an Attacker with Their Own Jacket

Our AWESOME friends from The Modern Rogue stopped by again for some good times and awesome techniques. This week, they wanted to know how to choke someone out using their own collar. Professor Mikal was more than happy to show them how to do this, Aces style!

See the full video below: Choking an Attacker with Their Own Jacket

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu vs. The Haymaker Punch

For those that do not know what a haymaker is, it is a punch often utilized by someone with no fight experience. You put all of your weight into the punch and in the process lose all of your balance. What the haymaker lacks in technical efficiency, it makes up for in destructive power.  Luckily, with a little technique, a person (you) can neutralize the haymaker AND the person throwing it.  Read More

7 Secrets to Defunk Your Gi

Would you want to roll with someone who has a funky gi?

Of course not!

If you train Jiu Jitsu long enough, your gi(s) will stink from time to time. It’s only natural with all that sweat. Your gi can pick up bacteria and other foul-smelling germs from the mat or just from rolling with your training partner.  Your gi might smell fine when you put it on, then out of nowhere it starts smelling really bad a few minutes into training.  You might forget to wash your gi after training and the ok-smelling gi might turn into an “OMG what is that horrible smell?!” gi in a day or two.   Read More

6 Secrets to Gain Confidence On & Off the Mats

Whether you’ve been training Jiu Jitsu for only a few months or have been studying it for years, everyone has the occasional doubt in their abilities when it comes to participating in tournaments or even just simply some light rolling. It’s only natural to feel some fear when your skill is being put to the test. Here are 6 Secrets to becoming CONFIDENT on and off the mat!   Read More

The Living Legend: Rigan Machado

Rigan Machado, 1 of 5 brothers, was born on the 2nd of July 1966 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Today he is an 8th degree red and black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Carlos Gracie Jr. Having notable accomplishments under his belt, such as the 1996 & 1997 Weight and Absolute Pan American Championship. He also holds a record for winning 19 matches in one day by submissions. It’s no wonder he is so highly admired in the sport alongside legends like B.J Penn who says about Machado, “He is one of the best grapplers on the planet.”

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5 Ways to Be a Better Teammate

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a social activity.  Think about it, how good would you be if you had no one to train with? You need social skills to have teammates that are willing to train with you.  Without appropriate social skills, people will avoid you and you won’t be able to improve your BJJ skills.  So let’s make sure that you can be the best teammate possible! 

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6 Side Control Secrets You Wish You Knew

I think side control is severely unused. You might think I’m crazy for saying that, since most BJJ instructors probably spend at least half their time teaching techniques that start or end in side control one way or the other. But almost all of them seem to focus their efforts on how to get to mount from there, which is only half the game. Read More

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