Does BJJ WORK in a STREET FIGHT!




In this video Nick Drossos is answering a very common question. Does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu work in a street fight. Subscribe to Nick Drossos: …

37 thoughts on “Does BJJ WORK in a STREET FIGHT!

  1. Blank says:

    Tottaly agree, i personally do have been doing boxing for 5 years and am competing as an amateur i am also a purple belt in bjj. I have been in street fights before and have gotten fucked up even though i was more skilled the worst one was thinking i will fight a guy one on one and his friend comping up behind me and sucker punching me. I went down and with my head spinning all over the place the bjj purple belt didn't help much. Now i do boxing and i have started doing some judo. If you read this comment could you recommend me a martial art with defense against weapons

  2. Guns&Weights says:

    Or you can be like me and have your concealed carry. Someone ambushes me with a weapon best believe they're getting 8 shots center mass. If it's a fair one on one fight it's bjj time

  3. Man Fig says:

    I love training jiu jitsu yet I'm surprised that there is even a need for this video. Of course it's not enough. Rener Gracie has a video discussing high level (purely) sport jiu jitsu guys getting beat up one on one on the ground let alone facing multiple attackers!

  4. Dimitris Kiriakopoulos says:

    what you're saying maybe is true and maybe not. there are many variables in a street fight. One thing i noticed about your point of view about bjj is that you focus only in the grapling aspect. it's good to keep in mind, that gracie bjj is a complete martial art and the ground is only 1 aspect of the art. And just wondering, does anyone really believe that there is a martial art that can protect you from multiple attackers?

  5. j s says:

    I'm not sure I even ever saw ground grappling techniques being demonstrated in concrete or asfalt, people usually do it in the tatami or in the grass, certainly they could find some old clothes at home just for a video.

  6. Steven Stanley says:

    Perhaps he has only seen the sport side of jiu-jitsu, which would be okay and is what it seems like he is speaking about. If you've never seen the combative side of it then you could understand some of where his points are coming from. All of these principles and questions he is talking about are already thought of and answered in combative BJJ.

  7. Natashia Otero says:

    That's why you train. In MMA. Anyone who just trains bjj is gonna have a hard time. Your video is for shit heads common sense tells you train more than one thing. What's the point of this.

  8. jacob harmer says:

    BJJ would be extremely useful in a street fight because 9 times out of 10 you're fighting someone untrained. Slam them to the concrete and reverse so they are on top, sweep to a rubber guard and elbow his brain through his skull. It uses beautiful Judo throws which don't involve you going to the ground with your opponent as well which would be devastating to their body on concrete.

    You suck and weren't trained in BJJ.

  9. John Smith says:

    I've always felt that practical knowledge of how to strike pressure points is underrated. My first karate instructor was an old-school hardcore guy who started martial arts training while stationed in Korea during the war. He got into a lot of scruffles along the way, and from experience found that grapplers and tacklers can be overpowered with skilled use of pressure points. There are dozens of pressure points along the human body that can be reached from literally any position. It may seem like BS to some, but I know it works because one of my karate buddies was also on the high school wrestling team and used pressure points to cheat all the time. I think the reason why nobody uses them is because they require a ton of accuracy and it's difficult to practice them; you need a partner and it's really painful to be on the receiving end. It's a pain that's worth the gain, imo.

  10. John Smith says:

    All these BJJ guys talk about street fights. Where do you guys live that you have to worry about street fights? Also, street fights usually happen because of ego. It's usually possible to walk away.

  11. Mulberry2000 says:

    Totally agree. I do judo and karate, but years ago i only knew judo. I got into a fight, and guy punched me i threw him. I was so surprised that i did it(so was the guy) , we were still look at each other while his mate kicked me in the head. Now is that judo's fault no, mine, but it goes to show if you are not aware, grappling can be a problem. Now bjj, is very good on the ground, excellent, is it better than judo ground work. NO, why? because difference rules and different competition aims. In judo its very advantageous to throw someone to the ground to finish the fight quick, if not go to ground work. In bjj, you can throw the person to the ground with an excellent throw, but it is not over til the guy submits. SO YOU HAVE TO GO ON THE GROUND, or he gives up from the throw, which well no, that is not going to happen, the thrower will get a point for it. A grappler while he is holding your jacket (not if he is holding your arms) while always leave his opponent arm free, which can be used to attack the face, throat or stab, even better if the grappler is holding double lapel. I have seen fights, and most of them are more than one some not, strikes finished one , and others, not so. A guy was dragged out of his car, and was jumped on by a guy who got him on the floor and his girlfriend was stabbing him with her stilettos.

  12. salsa4u says:

    You are right, it depend on who is teaching. Krav maga is very popular and many people try to put other techniques (mix) with it. They didn t understand the aim of krav maga and what it is. Krav maga is first of all fast and easy to learn. Many federations exist with different technics, sometimes it s mix with aikido or with jjb…. The most important is the knowledge of the teacher, some federations sell grades for the money unfortunately. So don t believe all what you see, take information about your teacher. Krav maga doesn t teach a way of self defense that also works, because the one that tell you that he system works 100%, he is a big liar, it s only to improve your chances to survive, because krav is not a sport, no competition, just survive

  13. honest lee says:

    lool the way you talk about being a bouncer as if thats the top of the food chain of fighting. your sober fighting drunk ppl calm down. dont take yourself so seriously

  14. Christian Hunt says:

    be quiet u r manipulating kids who dont know to fight when u dont either ur takedown defense isn't very good I'm sorry to say but u haven't had one video of yourself sparring against anyone

  15. Universal Kombat says:

    If BJJ can tap out roided out MMA fighters who ALSO do BJJ and have them desperately scrambling to tap before the snap or nap… then it can work on anyone, even quicker, and a lot more effectively.

  16. Rob kankerboef says:

    BJJ is less effective against multiple opponents, thats true. But most martial arts lose a lot of their effectiveness when you throw multiple opponents in the mix, they can split up forcing you to divide your attention between 2 or even more attackers. So the best thing against multiple attackers is makie like a flock of seaguls and run away. That being said, most streetfights i've seen are one on one and JiuJitsu or any martial art that has found succes in MMA will serve you well in that situation

  17. Danny C Leung says:

    I completely agree. A perfect example is the recent Mayweather/McGregor fight. McGregor lost because he was pretty much fighting with 1/5 of the weapons he knows. Put them in the Octagon, or even in a street fight, and McGregor would win because he's a more well-rounded fighter, not because he knows BJJ and Mayweather doesn't…but because he knows a few other skillsets.

  18. Dojo Mark says:

    Excellent Analysis on the limitations of Jiu Jitsu for Self Defense. However, I would also like to point out that when people talk about jiu-jitsu they always say being on the ground is not good cuz you can get your head kicked-in by a friend. Actually, both parties on the ground can get their head kicked in, it just depends who has more friends there that are willing to do it. Also, one assumes that a jiu-jitsu person will be on the bottom of a ground fight using their guard, which is not true if they are better at takedowns than their opponent. The guard is a position one uses when they fail to get the top position. The knee on belly position is what I teach for grapplers to use because it a very dominant position with great control and one can easily see what is going on around them. One can also get back to their feet asily and deal with a second opponent if necessary.

  19. Wong Ping Keung says:

    you make me feeling better now, i once thought kung fu is not practical, but as you said, it is not about the style itself but mostly important how is it trained. Every art is practical if we train in a functional and practical manner, and it all depends how we think over self-defense. Your video is very inspiring to me. I hope more people can see your videos and learn from it. Thank you

  20. who301tent415 says:

    Great stuff grappling is a tool just like striking, and throws. I am glad that this is being addressed. Shit all these clowns that are debating you on this have to do is turn on world hiphop channel, or look at youtube videos of fights . The biggest problem is that civilians do not understand the difference between combat fighting and sport. UFC , Mixed martial arts and the Gracies are partially responsible. I heard the millitary was using Gracie Jujitsu at one point , but scrapped it because it was not practical in all combat situations.

  21. HajimeNoJMo says:

    I have used BJJ in a street fight once. Thankfully, it was one guy. The guy was freaking out at his girlfriend and he was trying to assault a high school boy. I was just passing by and the guy pushes the boy into me while I was walking.

    I ask the young man if he was all right and the guy yells at me to mind my own business. I tell him that as an adult, it's not right to push an innocent kid and then he pushes me. I push him back and he telegraphs a right swing and I just duck, go for a single leg, and have him face down and I take his back.

    I looked around to see if he had any friends around and had him neutralized. I had the high school boy call the police and I held him down until cops arrived. I could have thrown some punches or go for a choke, but I was able to hand the situation without doing so.

    I can admit I was frightened. I have 25 years of martial arts experience and the idea of getting into a street fight does disturb me. If in the event I'm in a situation I have to fight, I will fight by any means the situation demands it.

  22. Janice Livingston says:

    No hate from me in fact it's run, strike first, and distance being the first and only rule as to when to strike , anyone who fails to keep their distance from another person should be hit. As a rule it's educational for them. Invading space is a NO NO . AT ALL TIMES because one persons fear is enough to justify dealy life threatening strikes and blows which will cause death brain damage or permanent injury .

  23. Matthias633 says:

    Love your channel, ideas, principles, tactics. I remember in the past I tried to find out about "90% of fights go to the ground…" and that actually it was based on police dept data in Washington state? for encounters where a cop was trying to arrest someone, there was s struggle, and it ended on the ground.

    When you see camera footage of attacks some end with one or a few strikes or a weapon. Plus when people fall to ground they can get kicked, stomped, hit by second attacker.

    I train Wing Chun but am working to blend in some grappling, escapes, in case of need. Tim Larkin would say that injury is what stops attackers best, that makes sense to me.

    Keep on brainstorming and doing what you're doing, yassou.

  24. Lamorris Gray says:

    One thing people have to realize is that what you do in the dojo is nothing compared to the streets. When on the streets, you have to understand that anything goes and is acceptable because your in the streets. The streets is not a sport. It's about survival and anything is acceptable in the streets. The streets have no rules.

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