If you ask just about anyone on the street, they will tell you they can fight. The majority of people think fighting is like eating or running; something we’re all able to do naturally. The reality is that fighting is actually more like learning a language, and 99% of people have no idea how to do it.

With the explosion of UFC and mixed martial arts (MMA), a lot of people have attempted to learn a form of self-defense but without the right teacher and knowledge, you may as well be learning how to play video games from a 90 year old woman!

Choosing The Right Martial Art For You

First and foremost you should figure out which art is for you and this is where things get interesting. The most common form of self-defense that you’ll see and hear about is Karate. It seems like every parent decides to enrol their kid in a Karate class at some point but here’s the cold hard truth: Karate is the laughing stock of the MMA world. Don’t get me wrong, there is practical uses to Karate but it’s only really useful when learned in unison with another art form and even then it’s a waste of time and energy. Bottom line: don’t learn Karate.

Now that you know that we can move forward! What other forms of martial arts are there you ask? Well, there’s boxing, Judo, Taekwondo, wrestling, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and multiple forms of Jiu-Jitsu. Of course there are many more than that but those listed are the only ones worth seeking out. So with that many forms of martial arts available to you, it can be confusing as to which suits you best. Well, that depends on a few factors, but the simple answer is this: learn more than one. Each of these forms of martial arts are for specialised areas (i.e. standing/ground), so learning more than one is the key to knowing true self-defense.

Jiu-Jitsu

First and foremost, the most useful form of martial art, particularly if you’re a woman or youth, is Jiu-Jitsu. Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu to be specific. If you’re unfamiliar with the style, it’s all about grappling and ground technique. You might say that wouldn’t be particularly useful in a street fight but you’d be wrong; most fights end up on the ground at some point and you want to be the one who takes it there and is in full control.

Contemporary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was innovated by the legendary Gracie family and the idea behind it is to control your opponent by using their weight and momentum against them, then ending the scrap using an asinine amount of submissions. Jiu-Jitsu is literally known as the little man’s sport, because no matter how much larger your opponent is, you have the advantage. That is not the case for almost every other form of martial arts. And a lot of people will scoff at the idea of a 120 lb girl defeating a 250 lb man but that is the exact point of Jiu-Jitsu, and for proof, check out the video below that shows Royce Gracie defeating a man over twice his size!

The reality is that the majority of men can overpower the majority of women. And the problem here is that many other martial arts will teach women to fight men but that’s not what you want to do; you want to defuse the situation or subdue the guy as quickly as possible. Jiu-Jitsu provides women with the tools to defend themselves in all situations and for more on that, check out the video below!

Another very enticing mantra behind Jiu-Jitsu is to not get hit. With boxing or any form of stand-up fighting, your opponent can hit one lucky punch and knock you out, so why not learn to not get hit at all? My recommendation would be to learn both Jiu-Jitsu and some boxing because then you have both area’s covered should the need arise.

Perspective Is Key

This brings us back to the start when I made the bold claim that 99% of people do not know how to fight. You might see two random guys or girls fighting on the street and it looks intense but once you take even a couple of lessons of a true martial art, you will laugh at how bad they are. It’s would be like Slash watching someone play guitar for the first time and think they are amazing. And that’s just another reason why Jiu-Jitsu stands above the pack in terms of self-defense, because even just learning the bare-bones basics puts you light years ahead of the average Joe on the street!

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also one of the deepest martial art forms in the world, with new techniques being developed every week. In Karate you see children earning purple belts – which is considered a high ranking – whereas in Jiu-Jitsu many UFC fighters are only blue belts – which is the third ranking. The highest distinction you can earn in Jiu-Jitsu is the red belt but, but to paraphrase their wording: If a practitioner receives his or her black belt at 19 years old, the earliest they could expect to receive a ninth degree red belt would be at the age of 67. That’s how insanely deep this sport is and should put into perspective the ridiculousness of children earning high-ranking belts.

With all that said, and it’s important to bear in mind that it is my opinion laced with facts, statistics and knowledge, there are other combat sports worth learning. Not to mention, I’ve talked mostly about women but in regards to Jiu-Jitsu, I also believe it’s the perfect option for men and children. Teaching your child this martial art will allow it to actually protect itself in just about any situation, as opposed to Karate, which would teach your child to shout and pose. And as for men, it’s the exact same thing. Some guys will scoff at Jiu-Jitsu because they don’t understand it; they think it’s all about hugging and without learning how to punch it’s pointless. And that’s why I suggest learning boxing or Muay Thai alongside Jiu-Jitsu because that way you’ll feel 100% comfortable in both areas but bear in mind that almost every fight ends up on the ground.

Where To Learn In Mississauga?

So now that’s I’ve hopefully wooed you with all my lyrical waxings about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you might be wondering just where you could start learning the stuff. Well I’m glad you asked!

Huf Gym

(700 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4Y 3Y5)

As far as boxing in Mississauga goes, Huf Gym is as good as it gets!

Huf Gym is a boxer’s dream, with four rings and over thirty heavy bags, four speed bags, a slipping ball, as well as a free weight area. At the legendary Huf Gym, you can get one-on-one boxing training with varying levels of intensity; whether you just want a fun way to lose fat, or learn some serious self-defense with proper technique – and technique is EVERYTHING!

You can also join in the group lessons, which take place almost every hour of everyday! I highly recommend some boxing to learn striking offence and defense – after all, it’s great to know how to hit and not get hit – and Huf Gym is numero uno!

UFC Gym

(3900 Grand Park Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 4M6)

It stands to reason that the top combat sports company in the world would also have a pretty decent series of gyms!

I tend not to be a big fan of huge gyms with themes, be it Planet Fitness or whatever, but UFC Gym in Mississauga has some serious pedigree. This is a fantastic place to learn group Jiu-Jitsu and they have classes for men, women and children, that involve practitioners hand-selected by Mauricio Mariano – a professor with a fourth-degree black belt, Pan American and World Championship medallist and over 30 years experience!

On top of that, you can also learn boxing, Judo, kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling, and some more ridiculous combat sports. There are a plethora of options at UFC Gym and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Training Ground Muay Thai Academy

(1203 Fewster Dr, Mississauga, ON L4W)

Training Ground teaches the national sport of Thailand and the striking game known by a vast number of UFC fighters: Muay Thai.

If boxing isn’t your thing, Muay Thai is a perfect alternative and even more extensive. You can sign-up for monthly membership or a year, and join any number of intense classes to learn the basics or advanced lessons from an Ontario certified practitioner.

Scott Schilling

(Phone: 9054668793, Email: scottschilling01@gmail.com)

Scott Schilling is one of the very best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in all of North America and available to train anywhere.

Schilling offers personal training sessions for a very reasonable fee. Having trained with the Gracies, BJ Penn, and Sylvio Behring, Schilling is a 3X Canadian National Champion, 2X World Champion, and a Pan American finalist! And he teaches everyone from men and women, to children and law enforcement. If the scale and glitz of UFC Gym intimidates you, training one-on-one with a Jiu-Jitsu expert like Schilling is the perfect option!

 

That’s our list of the very best self-defense options in Mississauga. Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn an invaluable life skill, or an experienced fighter looking to learn something new to add to your arsenal, the options provided here are the best Mississauga has to offer! So get out there and get training!