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Well Rounded Self Defense From Deborah Gracie Stambowsky

Well Rounded Self Defense From Deborah Gracie Stambowsky


Keep It Real With One Of The Most Experienced Women In Jiu-Jitsu!

Whether you practice martial arts for fun, or competition at the end of the day you should be able to defend yourself in a real life altercation. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is widely regarded as one of the very best martial arts in terms of self defense, especially in a one on one scenario. One of the key differences between BJJ and other martial arts is it’s focus on superior technique and leverage. This makes BJJ an excellent choice for women who are looking to defend themselves!

Deborah grew up like many other Gracies, fully immersed in Jiu-Jitsu from a young age. Her father is legendary Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Márcio Stambowsky, who earned his black belt from Rolls Gracie! So it’s safe to say she has a solid understanding of how to successfully defend herself in many self defense scenarios!

Recently Debora released Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Self Defense For Women, where she breaks down each technique into easy to follow steps that you can practice in the academy or even from home! Take a look at some of her self defense tips with Bernardo Faria as the “attacker”! Check it out below!


Many self defense programs operate on A LOT of assumptions. We all have seen the glorious “self defense” where a much smaller person is able to groin kick  their way out of EVERYscenario. Purse grab? Groin kick! Hair pull? GROIN KICK! While a good ol’ fashioned crotch kick has its place, it isn’t the cure all for self defense!

Jiu-Jitsu is all about real world application. It’s about being in proper positions and making tactical choices. In the demonstration above Deborah continually focuses on solid technique that incorporates her whole body. A great example of Deborah using superior leverage is at the 3:00 minute mark where she defends the bear hug. 

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This classic self defense scenario puts smaller people at a big disadvantage because the aggressor is able to trap both of your arms. Deborah frames both hands on Bernardo’s hips to start to relive some of the pressure, and provide some space. 

Jiu-Jitsu also excels in providing multiple options of attack. In the first instance Deb is able to get underneath Bernardo's arms and secure his hips from the side. This is a great place to execute takedowns or simply push and disengage. Deborah covers more attacks from this position in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Self Defense For Women

The second scenario has Deborah executing a beautiful hip-toss. Keep in mind that Bernardo has easily 100 pounds on Deborah! So this technique wouldn’t be possible without using solid technique and leverage. 

If you liked some of what Deborah demonstrated in this video, you will LOVE Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Self Defense For Women. Deb dives DEEP in this 3-part series! Learn how to defend slaps, hair pulls, wrist grabs, AND MORE!


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Self-Defense For Women by Deborah Gracie
You may be thinking that Jiu-Jitsu would be too difficult to learn because you are a beginner. This is normal! Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Self Defense For Women builds a solid foundation for you to enjoy your practice from beginning to end. After mastering some basic movements you will have the confidence and drive to work through the entire set! Be ready for the street with Deborah Gracie Stambowsky!