Yesterday I woke up to a text message from one of my students. The message said that he was attacked and he was able to defended himself using what he had learned in our basics class. Billy held off the attacker until he was able to subdue him with a choke hold. I'm so glad that he is okay and that I was able to help someone survive an attack. Here is what he wrote on his Facebook status.
"No point in street fights. But jiu-jitsu saved my ass last night thanks to Todd Tanaka'z Gracie self defense." - Billy Pacheco
This is why we don't just train for the sport, we train to survive! If the techniques can't be applied towards self-defense, with a gi, or without a gi, it is not Gracie Jiu-Jitsu!