Delmarva Life interview about self defense

Delmarva Life interview about self defense with Owner of Delaware Self Defense Academy Ronnie Wuest.

What is your opinion of online Jiu-Jitsu academies?

Jiu-Jitsu is a live interactive art.  You can watch a video and watch it and try on your own to mimic that movement, but you are never going to get it right.  Yo thoroughly understand the movement and learn it you have to be able to interact live with an instructor.  No where in the world will you find anyone successful who has gotten there entire education online.  It disgusts me that you can get a certification online by getting promoted in their belt ranks through online examinations.  The reason that disgusts me is because there is no physical verification that you do that in a live situation.  Just because you can recite a movement on the ground is no different than if you did it in the mirror. They are promoting people that they don’t know their character, I would never put my name behind someone that I don’t know their character.


Gracie Jiu-Jitsu vs. other Martial Arts

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has proven itself that it is the most complete and most effective martial art in existence.  There is no valid example against it.  I’m a die hard wrestler, but it is incomplete, it does not have striking or kicking.  Same with boxing it is incomplete, it has no ground fighting skills.  Karate and Tai Kwan Do both do not have ground fighting.  To be a complete art you have to include all of them.

What are some of the techniques taught DSDA

We teach the basic Royce Gracie techniques.  We focus on position, getting into a better position, once the position is covered then we focus on joint manipulation and chokes.  We always teach position first.  If you can’t get out of a hold then you might have to break something.  But chokes are the ultimate neutralizer.  Take for example an attacker is a very big strong guy and has some alcohol and drugs in him and he is not feeling much.  But the one common denominator he has with any person he is attacking is that he needs blood to his head.  So choking is the ultimate neutralizer … it can give you some time to get away from them and run if they pass out for a few minutes from a choke hold.

Self Defense Techniques

What do I need to be to be a good training partner?  When I apply technique and you feel it is a far as you can go make sure you tap me to let me know.  If I throw you and you hit the ground, make sure you break fall, which means let your arms absorb the impact.

Watch the video for some helpful self defense techniques.

Sport Jiu-Jitsu vs. Self Defense Jiu-Jitsu

They are two seperate entities.  Self defense is the defensive side of the training.  The art of Jiu-Jitsu is a self defense technique.  But tournaments were created to test your ground fighting skills and what has happened over the years, things have evolved.  The rules have changed.  I don’t believe in the rules they have now for the tournaments.  There are techniques taught now for sport Jiu-Jitsu that you would not want to do in a street fight.  The sport schools are not teaching self defense they are teaching how to win in the tournaments.  There are similarities but they are growing apart.

What is the black belt testing?

Within the Royce Gracie network, what is the black belt testing?  Royce decided that promoting to the black belt needed to be different because it was a huge thing.  So he decided to team up with colleagues of his to create a very formal testing procedure.  They invite the brown belts to be tested in front of resisting black belt opponents.  It’s a very rigorous test.

How young can kids start training?

Our academy starts training them as young as 3.  Kinder Grapplers is Kindergarten for grapplers.  They are learning how to behave, interact with other kids, stand still, listen, and also grappling.  Teaching them to be comfortable physically engaged with another kid.  They learn how to respect their coach, stand still, etc.  After that they graduate into our Junior 1 program, 6 to 9 years old.  They are learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques.  Juniors 2 are 10 years old and up and they are learning the same things as the adult Jiu-Jitsu classes.

What is meant by comfort level when training Jiu-Jitsu?

This is the single most important thing that someone can learn.  People have to be comfortable in an uncomfortable position.  You can be really good at Jiu-Jitsu but until you are comfortable it doesn’t translate over into real life situations.  We teach the kids that once they can conquer the uncomfortableness then they can start logically thinking what can I do next.  It’s about not being afraid to be in a bad position because you know what to do.

Professor Ronnie Wuest teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu on WBOC’s Delmarv