Today’s poll question comes to us courtesy of Gareth from England, one of the Mighty 600,000. As a police officer, he was recently involved in a physical altercation where his knowledge of Brazilian jiu-jitsu kept him safe and allowed him to control his attacker, reminiscent of Pedro Arrigoni’s recent tale on our humble BJJ radio show. Naturally the incident has been on his mind a lot and he is wondering how the community feels about certain jiu-jitsu techniques that we see a lot these days in terms of self defense.
Gareth asked if we might create a poll titled, “How effective do you think modern guards such as Xguard, deep half, and 50/50 are in relation to self defence..?” He left the possible responses up to me. Notice that there are only two options: modern guards like xguard, deep half, and 50/50 are either usually bad or usually good for self defense. I purposely did not offer a middle ground, wishy washy “sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re bad” option. You’ve got to choose one or the other based on what you think is true most of the time.