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Until he took one step forward...

November 13, 2015

CTC Success Story in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I earned my blue belt a few years ago through Gracie University. I've since had the pleasure of training with Skye Middleton, owner and head instructor at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Milwaukee. I wanted to tell a brief story of a situation where my street self-defense training came into great hand and saved me from what could have been a very bad situation. The set-up details of this confrontation are not important. But I was initially involved in a calm discussion with a group of very reasonable adults while working a side job. We happened to be in a disagreement and were working out the details together. All was calm and well until one other gentleman who was very aggressive entered the scene and started yelling at me. I remained calm, and became very aware of my distance from this gentleman, as I have rehearsed thousands of times. I was about two-arms-lengths away from him initially, until he took one step forward. I immediately stepped back, placed my hands up, and said, "That's far enough." He continued to yell for another few seconds, and proceeded to tell me to leave, basically firing me from the job. For me, that was enough. I yielded, maintained a vigilant and cautious demeanor through the process and left as soon as I could.

Seeing as Rener just posted a video on a self-defense mastery seminar, I thought it would be appropriate to testify to the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and Gracie University in particular. By studying through GU, I learned the importance of distance management that Rener refers to so often. In this situation, it really just felt like I was back in the basement with my training partner. Business as usual, no big deal. I knew that if I needed to, I could have employed safe, non-violent tactics to neutralize the threat, protect myself and to protect the aggressor. It was this confidence that allowed me to assert myself and neutralize the threat before it happened. Being in a group setting, I don't see how it could have gone well for me even if I would have been forced to engage physically with this man. I was the only one on my side. Had I not known what I do about distance management and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, I probably would have gone nose to nose with this guy and escalated the situation. It would not have ended near as peacefully. So for the haters out there who want to criticize online learning and GU, I challenge them to go through the blue belt curriculum and see how difficult it really is. I wear my blue belt with pride. It took me a year of dedication and hard work to earn it. It prepared me well, and it kept everyone in this situation safe. Thanks to Rener and Ryron for a great program, and to Skye for bringing it to Milwaukee!


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