Hey everyone. I have trained sport BJJ for the last 2 years until I ruptured my distal biceps tendon during training a few months ago. I haven’t trained since the injury and the time off has allowed me to reflect a little on where I want to go with my training. While I love what I was doing and have competed in 3 tournaments, I have to admit that the reason I got into BJJ was more for its use as a self defence system. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the technique that we have learned wouldn’t be very applicable in a confrontation on the street or in a bar. For example, we have learned very little in the way of how to safely take an opponent down on pavement, or how to control an opponent while standing. Also, I simply cannot accept that working out of a guard position on the street is a good idea when your opponent can reign down blows on you or smash your head into the concrete. I can see the advantage of grappling in a confrontation when you can stay on your feet and quickly extricate yourself when need be but it seems like sport BJJ completely neglects this phase of engagements.
I have no experience with a more combat oriented style of BJJ and I have never heard of an instructor in my area who teaches this type of BJJ anyways. I know that @twojarslave has spoken multiple times about his school that teaches this type of BJJ and his experiences there sound like exactly the type of training I was originally hoping to get when I started BJJ.
I guess my question is what would people recommend for learning a style of grappling that is solely focused on defence/combat and not sport only? Are there any good training video series or seminars people would recommend? Any other styles of grappling other than BJJ that might offer something like this? There is an MMA school close by that offers certification in baton and handcuff training but I don’t know how applicable the majority of that would be. Any advice would be appreciated.