Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club Hosts Free Self-defense Seminar

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club Hosts Free Self-defense SeminarA group of Big Bend Community College students and members of the Big Bend Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club (BJJ) invited the campus community to meet them on the mats Thursday for a free self-defense seminar in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

About a dozen students and faculty members took advantage of the seminar that taught some physical skills, but also educated participants in risk reduction techniques and how to remove the opportunity to become a victim.

“Prevention is key,” BJJ Club Vice President Jessica Munter shared. “You have to walk and speak confidently so you don’t look weak.”

The class focused on being aware of your surroundings, how not to be a target and using the tools that you have to keep yourself safe. By staying aware of your surroundings and using simple tools such as leverage and timing, anyone can reduce the risk they will be assaulted.

“Self-defense is a state of mind,” club advisor and seminar instructor, Jeremy Seda told his class while teaching them ways to prevent an attack. He encouraged students to have the mindset that they are worth defending.

Students learned the basics of dealing with an attack —  including getting out of various holds, using what you have on your person to defend yourself, and with basic defensive techniques.

“If you know how to do something like this you will feel less intimidated in the situation,” said Munter who was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through a self-defense class taught by the BJJ Club two years ago. “That way you can help yourself.”

The BJJ Club decided to host the seminar to help raise awareness in support of Sexual Assault Awareness month. The club members said they wanted to do their part in sharing defense techniques that they have learned in conjunction with participating in the sport they love.

“BJJ has changed my life and more often than not, it parallels with my life as a Christian,” said Seda. “Every day I stop to evaluate my progress; I usually come to the same conclusion: not too good and not too bad; there’s always room for improvement. 

Seda said he encourages BBCC students to check out the BJJ Club, and that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu itself can help provide a holistic approach to life in general.

 “(BJJ) is about continual improvement for me and those around me.  If I can teach a handful of techniques in an hour that end up keeping someone safer, I feel like I have helped make a positive improvement to the world,” Seda said. “To hear someone say, ‘you taught me something that kept me from getting raped, hurt or worse’ is a tremendous compliment.  However, the goal for me is to hear someone say, ‘BJJ has changed my life for the better’ and to see how that person is positively affecting the people surrounding them.

“One of my role models, Caio Terra, says, ‘it’s not how good your Jiu-Jitsu is, but how good Jiu-Jitsu is for you. Many times people cannot see that … they do not become the person they should be. Jiu-Jitsu has made me a better friend, a better father, and I know Jiu-Jitsu can do the same for you.'”

Seda now co-teaches a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu course at Big Bend with Luis Alvarez.  The class will be offered again this fall.

More photos from this event here.

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