Gracie Jiu Jitsu Weapons Self Defense Seminar

"Helio Gracie told me one time, 'I could show you everything about jiu jitsu in just a few hours... and it would take you the rest of your life to master it.'" -- Steve Maxwell

Most people's experience with Brazilian jiu jitsu is primarily that of sports-oriented jiu jitsu. Most sparring sessions will start with a fist bump and immediately sitting on your butt on the floor.

That can be a fun game -- and Steve likes to play it, too, but, theres a part of Brazilian jiu jitsu that most players are never exposed to, and that is the classic self-defense, as taught by Master Helio Gracie and his progeny.

"I think every young man and woman owes it to themself to know how to handle themself in a realistic physical confrontation." -- Steve Maxwell

A crucial aspect of the Gracie system is defense against weapons. The jiu jitsu techniques against knife, stick, and gun are very well-thought out and effective defenses from these weapons.

While many jiu jitsu classes do address defenses from punches and kicks, few address attacks with weapons and every jiu jistu practitioner should back himself up with these techniques.

"Definitely have fun and play your sport -- but back yourself up with the confidence of mastery of the self-defense." -- Steve Maxwell

In this course you will learn

  • How to disarm a pistol-wielding assailant
  • When to take the gun -- and when not to
  • Six defenses to the most common knife attacks
  • How to disarm a knife-wielding assailant
  • Why a knife-to-the-throat (from behind) is actually the easiest disarming defense
  • How a simple spiral technique can redirect a stick attack and keep you out of harm's way
  • The importance of making -- and maintaining -- contact with the opponent
  • Effective takedowns and throws to put the enemy down to the ground
  • Devastating joint dislocates from the standing position
  • When to fight... and when not to fight

This material is nothing new -- it's been taught by the Gracies since the beginning of their time but Steve has observed in his travels that it is little-known.

Trust yourself to be able to handle yourself in a fight, using your own wits and physical ability.

God forbid you should ever need any of this stuff and I hope you never do. I advocate non-wiolence and avoidance wherever possible, but should you ever find yourself in a situation where this comes up, you will be thankful you took this course. -- Steve Maxwell

Steve is not promising that in one course you can master these techniques; Proficiency requires consistent practice.

Caveat: Learn the difference between the common street thugs and assailants and a professional stick or knife fighter. 99% of assailants out there are untrained in skills of stick, knife, and gun, and can therefore be disarmed -- and easier than you might think.

Learn why gun disarms are actually easier and much less dangerous than knife disarms.

Steve won't kid you: against a professional knife fighter, there is no defense other than shrinking... but most people carrying knives, and intending ill-will, are not trained, and will predictably make mistakes that can be exploited.

The same can be said about guns: most gangsters are not disiplined in gun handling, although you should not expect to be disarming anyone with professional police or military training.

Note: this is an entry-level seminar


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