If a stranger were to jump out of a dark alleyway and attack us, we wouldn’t feel any qualms about defending ourselves as viciously as possible. But many times, violence is inflicted on us by someone we know. While we can imagine ourselves sticking our car keys into the flesh of a stranger, would we be willing to do the same to a drunken relative or work colleague?
Jiu-jitsu gives you the skills to physically control situations without having to resort to injuring anyone. This could be defending yourself against an unknown mugger, but it could also be having to control a distraught family member at the side of a busy road, or having to restrain a drunken teenager that insists he’s okay to drive.