In a previous post I discussed the 5 self defense moves I would teach a friend who doesn’t know any jiu jitsu. Learning techniques is important but I believe rolling can be just as beneficial for learning how to defend oneself.
For example, say Betsy learns a self defense move in a seminar. She practices it 20 times with an non-resisting partner during the seminar then shows it to a friend when she gets home. Is Betsy likely going to be able to use that technique in a self defense situation in 6 months? What about even the next day? When I’m rolling I usually try to use the move taught in class that day but I’m not usually successful with it right away.
Here are three reasons I think rolling is helpful for self defense.