This week's Standing Strike Defense techniques are part of Week 15 of the GB1 Fundamentals module with Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
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The goal for the jiu-jitsu student in a stand up / self defense situation is to avoid getting hit, closing the distance to the clinch and execute a takedown to get the fight to the ground. There are a few important principles to ground the opponent without absorbing any damage from strikes.
To start the video, Master Carlos is face to face with an aggressive opponent who is showing signs that they will attempt to strike him.
The most important principle at play here is the distance that Master Carlos maintains between the aggressor and himself. Master Carlos stays just out of reach of the opponent's punches so as to avoid being surprised with a sudden punch or kick.
VIDEO 1: Class 15A - Technique 85 - Standing Kick Defense 1