Kickboxing Or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu For Women Martial Artists?
Most women join a martial arts training program because they want to learn how to defend themselves or get in better shape. The purpose of the article is to help women who are interested in the martial arts choose between two very effective styles - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai Kickboxing.?
The two most effective styles of "hard' martial arts are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing ("soft" style martial arts are more like a 'tai chi in the park' type atmosphere - not what you want for self-defense). Both are a great foundation for a woman who wants to protect herself.
In a jiu-jitsu match, the two opponents start standing, but most of the match occurs on the ground where each person tries to control and submit the other with a variety of chokes and submission holds. Muay Thai kickboxing is the most open striking style in the world and allows punches, kicks, knees, elbows, and throws.. In a self-defense situation, a woman would most likely be brought to the ground and need to defend herself from there so it seems like a grappling style like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu would be better for a woman who wants to learn self-defense.
I went to my Columbia BJJ school to learn martial arts in order to protect myself; women who are interested in gaining the knowledge I now have should engage in Muay Thai Kickboxing first unless they are very confident in themselves despite the effectiveness of grappling martial arts. Why?
Firstly, most women are very nervous about starting a Martial Arts program for the first time and even more nervous about training in grappling where there will be lots of physical contact. Kickboxing is a great martial arts style to start with because women can slowly ease their way into it.. A woman can participate without having to worry about sparring..
While statistics show that 97% of all altercations involve grappling, 99.9% of fights begin on the feet.. While Brazilian Jiu Jitsu does include takedowns, the majority of it involves ground fighting. With Muay Thai kickboxing, women have an option right from the start of the altercation.
While at my Columbia BJJ training school, I have partaken in both jiu-jitsu and muay thai. Mastery of certain skills is required before I am allowed to spar in Kickboxing.. This is another reason women should train in Muay Thai Boxing because they will have a level of competence before being "thrown to the wolves". For movements to become a natural reflex and become a part of muscle memory, you need to drill them and practice them while sparring anyway so the extra time to practice striking will only make a woman's striking skills more dangerous to an attacker!