Self Defense

The Foundations of Self Defense at Fight Prime Training Center

Self-defense at Fight Prime is taught through the diverse martial art disciplines of Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ), judo, and muay thai kick-boxing. These three disciplines cover all stages of hand-to-hand combat, and are thus well suited for developing control in a stand-up fight, forcibly putting an assailant on the ground, or controlling an assailant on the ground so that you can escape.

About BJJ for Self Defense

While Brazilian Jiu Jitsu(BJJ) is most famous for its utilization in the context of MMA and grappling competitions, at its core it is a self defense art, centered on keeping the practitioner safe during an attack, particularly from untrained assailants. Concepts such as distance management, strike awareness and escape from common control positions are key to BJJ’s effectiveness for self defense.

Although there is a great deal of general BJJ technique that is applicable in a self defense scenario, it is important to spend some time focusing on the details of how to nullify common attacks from those unfamiliar with grappling. To this end, representative topics covered in the self defense class include escaping from choke holds, evading punches and kicks, and standing arm control.

Though situational awareness is undoubtedly the most important skill to prevent oneself from being attacked, the confidence that comes from knowing that you can defend yourself with effective technique if necessary is valuable in many aspects of one’s life.

The Art of Eight Limbs: Muay Thai Kick-boxing for Self-Defense

If you end up in a stand-up fight, Muay Thai Kick-boxing is the national sport of Thailand, and was developed there over centuries of hand-to-hand warfare. Its methods are battle-tested and proven, and no one is known for kicking harder or more ruthlessly than Muay Thai kick-boxers.  It is called the “The Art of Eight Limbs”, and uses punches, elbows, knees, shins, clinches to batter an opponent into submission, Muay Thai is not flashy, it is a viciously effective and utilitarian.

Judo for Self Defense

Judo is an Olympic sport that shares a lineage with jiu jitsu, but with emphasis on take-downs from a standing position. In self-defense, controlling your assailant by forcing them to the ground gives you a great advantage, but a judo throw or trip may be end the fight quite abruptly for them. Performed skillfully, Judo requires little strength or energy, and allows you to take a positional advantage in the fight, or simply walk away.

Self-Defense for All Hand-to-Hand Scenerios!

Fight Prime has the above martial arts classes available with membership, and others! Please drop by and try out a class! We have built a community that works together to learn and practice techniques,  is always open to new ideas, and is warm and accepting of others. We believe strongly that if you try us out for free, and you are a person who has the above values stated, you will probably find that this is a community that you’ve been looking for!

A judo throw in action: Judo emphasizes mechanical advantage, leverage, and center of mass over size or strength!

Muay Thai Class

Muay Thai kick-boxing practice: Muay Thai emphasizes vicious attacks, speed, and using all of the meanest parts of your limbs to beat an assailant into submission!

BJJ Madison, WI

BJJ practice: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a variation on Japanese Jiu Jitsu that has adapted submission techniques and ground fighting for use by a smaller person’s frame, perfect for fighting a larger, stronger attacker when the fight ends up on the ground(as many do!)

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