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Taekwondo v. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu - Which Martial Art Is Better For Self Defense Training In Traverse

Traverse City area residents are very involved in martial arts. Traverse City is the hot bed for martial arts in Northern Michigan. There are several martial art studios and gyms in Traverse City. Two of the top art forms in Northern Michigan are Taekwondo (a.k.a. Korean Karate) and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (the gentle art). Each of these Traverse City martial arts are great in their own right. The question for this blog is which is best for self defense on the streets of Traverse City?

Taekwondo (or Korean Karate) is a powerful self defense art form

Born in Korea, Taekwondo was forged in the fighting ways of the old warriors. Taekwondo literaly means "foot, fist, way" and is figuratively translated as "the art of kicking and punching." Taekwondo uses strong kicks, punches, blocks and devastating footwork to disable an attacker. Taekwondo is an Olympic Sport and headquartered in Seoul South Korea at the Kukkiwon. The United States center for Taekwondo ( is in Colorado Springs at the Olymic Training Center. To be readily adapted to real self defense the martial art in question must be simple, powerful and capable of being performed under pressure. A Traverse City martial artists would be well served to be trained in Korean Karate. Traverse City women can rely on Taekwondo's devastating long range kicks for effective self defense weapons.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu offers great self defense for Traverse City kids, teens & adults

Founded in Brazil, BJJ as it is often called in short is very different than Korean Karate but also offers great self defense tools. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu does not rely on kicking and punching, instead it focuses on chokes and joint locks to disable an attacker. Using your attacker's power against them, using clothing as a weapon, attacking vital points - BJJ is well suited for self defense applications. A woman in Traverse City, for instance, needs to have confidence that she could defend against a sexual predator. BJJ is great for fighting off your back and against a bigger, stronger opponent. In fact, the U. S. Military has adopted Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for its Combatitves Training because of it significant self defense strength. It is also perfect for kids and teens struggling with bullying in Traverse City area schools. TCAP's has recently adopted a New Anti-Bullying Program because of the prevalence of bullying in Traverse City schools. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is great for self defense for all ages and genders.

Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Compliment One Another

Korean Karate for long range striking and brutal kicks and elbows. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in case the fight goes to the ground. In fact, learning both martial arts may be the best way to be prepared for any self defense situation in Traverse City. The Seung-ni Martial Arts Academy in Traverse City, teaches programs for kids, teens and adults that offer both BJJ and Taekwondo. The students of Seung-ni benefit from this martial arts combo with great synergy in their principles, theories and techniques. If you live in Traverse City and would like to experience the self defense benefits of Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu then call 231.932.4300 or look them up on the web at

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