Basic Jiu Jitsu Curriculum – Lesson 20b – Pre-Fight Management

Pre-Fight Management Overview:

What is “pre-fight management”? Remember this iron law: For every physical conflict, there are always TWO fights. The physical fight for your safety, and the legal fight for your freedom. YOU MUST WIN BOTH FIGHTS. With this rule in mind, we have three main areas to consider:

  1. 1
    Pre - Fight Management – What you need to know or do to keep yourself safe before a fight
  2. 2
    Fight Management – What you need to know or do to keep yourself safe during a fight
  3. 3
    Post – Fight Management – What you need to know or do to keep yourself safe after a fight happens. Post-fight considerations are very important and often overlooked. Considerations from this area permeate the prior two stages. There are things you do in the pre-fight or fight stage that will cause you to LOSE in the post-fight stage. In other words, winning in the post-fight has a lot to do with how you conduct yourself in the pre-fight and fight stage. [We cover more on this topic in a special online video]

This lesson focuses on the first stage; pre-fight management. Most fights start from a face to face (or chest to chest) argument position. This is a critical period. If you do not manage this period well you can be taken out with a sucker punch before the fight even begins. The purpose of this lesson is to teach the student how to safely manage the pre-fight situation, attempt to deescalate it, and if need be, counter the sucker punch.

[NOTE: Kid students must memorize the 5 Rules of Engagement at this stage. Adult students will be tested on their handout for this level]

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