"I think it's a very important move to bring self-defense back to jiu-jitsu," says Rickson Gracie in the introduction to his course Self.Defense.Unit, "because for the last 25 years, that's been forgotten and less used, putting more emphasis on competition and fighting situations, which doesn't relate to average people who don't exactly intend to fight — but they'd love to learn how to protect themselves and be in a situation where they have a chance to handle life in a much more comfortable way."
He adds: "The beauty of self-defense is: as you start to practice, you start to be connected with very powerful elements within, like leverage, empowerment, connections and technical situations, which give you a much greater sense of comfort to handle not only an opponent, but life in general. And as you develop your practice in jiu-jitsu, you become more comfortable to control emotions in order to deal with a boss, or problems with your family, or house, or business. You become much more focused, more centered in terms of controlling emotions, to be able to strategize better. It's important to feel the perspective that all those movements, even though basic, they have the very visible aspect of jiu-jitsu, which translates into this kind of very unique, invisible power."
In the following video, Rickson succinctly shows how to have a better chance when mounted on an attacker. Heeding this advice may be the difference between controlling the situation and having it all go terribly wrong. And even if this is obvious to you, then certainly you know somebody who can use it. So let them know.