There is one name that defines Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and one of Relson Gracies finest students is teaching self defense for men and women.  

Black belt-Instructor Todd Tanaka is teaching Jiu Jitsu as a way to relieve stress, clear your mind, and defend yourself.

CW Star Jericho Rell visited Tanaka at the Team HK Training Center to learn a few of the basic but necessary moves.  

One of the females in the class, Jamie says, “The women’s self-defense class was a really great segway.

“Jiu-Jitsu” is really intimidating.

You see men doing it, “wrestling” and sweaty with cauliflower ears, it’s not super enticing for a woman to want to do… After the women’s self-defense class, I could see more of the fundamental principles to understanding the techniques.

It’s also a really great workout.

The Instructors and other students are really encouraging, and made it less scary for me to try it out and jump in.

So far, I really love it.

I feel way more confident about myself and though I’m far from being any kind of expert, I’m super happy knowing that I know more than I did before, and that gives me at least a better chance than I did before in the event some kind of attack might happen to me.

Jericho learns 3 different types of moves in her quick self defense lesson.  

The first is when an attacker grabs you by the wrist, the second is an attacker choking you against a wall, and the third is being pinned to the ground with an attacker mounted on top of you.

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