That is exactly what I wanted to know.
Originally Posted by Petter
This is probably the best judo/bjj comparison I've seen in terms of comparing all the points others cover, clearly, while keeping the explanation simple and non-biased.
As a Judo black belt, BJJ white belt and Muay Thai/ MMA novice...
Its important to understand that no martial art is going to give you life saving skills in a short period of time. If you're study Judo or BJJ for only 1-2 sessions a week then its going to take you about 5 years to get competent at self defence from those arts.
However, if you trained Judo or BJJ for 3+ times a week then you would get competent at applying your skillset much faster- say 2-3 years.
If you trained in both 2 times a week so a total of 4 training sessions then you may progress even faster and gain a usable self-defense skill set quickly although I would stil imagine a 1-2 year minimum.
Key components of self defense are not being a dick, not being in dodgy areas, not pissing off the wrong people, talking people down and learning when to walk away even if your ego is screaming at you to deck the guy.
The vast majority of people live their entire lives with only very few and sporadic threats of physical violence whilst out and about on their daily or night time activities. The notion spun by the self-defense industry and tabloids of streets bathed in blood is nonsense and your average citizen leading a law abiding lifestyle has really very little to be afraid of.
THe whole point of a throw should be to get your center lower than your opponants. You need the leverage to execute a throw, so being smaller will be advantageous. If you can't throw him because he is too big or much stronger, try distracting him first with another technique.