10 reasons why you should be training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)
Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is the fastest-growing martial art in the world today.
Ever since his debut in UFC 1 set up by the Gracie family, Royce Gracie was the first fighter showcasing this martial art to the world.
They chose Royce Gracie because he was thin slim skinny and showed no signs of strength or aggregation. So when he was put up against opponents that were almost two times as weight and then submitted them shocked the world and ignited a tremendous boost to the future popularity of Jiu-jitsu.
# 9 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a unique self-defense system.
Unlike most martial arts Brazilian jiu-jitsu is not an attack based martial art that focuses on aggression and strength.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu focuses on principles of Technique and Leverage. If you have those then strength is a secondary thought, not a primary.
The ‘Brazilian’ style Jiu-jitsu was developed by the Gracie family, in particular, Helio Gracie, in order for people to be able to defend themselves in any Street situation.
And since then BJJ has been taught to people of all ages, physical strengths, body types and walks of life all around the World.
#8 Jiu-Jitsu is an excellent workout.
If you get tired of going to the gym and hitting the weights or cardio machines and doing the same old boring exercises day in day out with little to no results? Then Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the solution you’ve been looking for.
In BJJ you use your whole body and expect to use muscles you didn’t know you had.
If you’ve never trained or wrestled before in your life than expect to those muscles you didn’t know you had to be sore for the first few weeks.
When you first start BJJ and you and start progressing and learning techniques, you’re going to quickly realize that you need to adopt some form of self-control.
What I mean by that is, in Jiu-jitsu you’re going to have to learn how to control your breathing, control your muscle tension, control your thoughts your emotions and especially your ego.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu requires you to think, set up a plan and adhere to it and set traps.
This requires a lot of self-control. So this is going to relate in your training and lifestyle.
# 6 Healthier lifestyle.
One of the many phrases you hear in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community is “BJJ lifestyle”
While a lot of people associate it with the surfer culture in the United States, the BJJ lifestyle is a bit more than that.
When you train such a challenging martial art like jiu-jitsu, it requires a healthy ego-free lifestyle. Which will lead to adopting other healthy lifestyle habits.
You’ll naturally start seeking out foods that will help you train better. You’re going to start looking for complementary sports and martial arts to help improve your Jiu-jitsu game and you’re going to associate yourself with people that are like-minded and live the same lifestyle, the BJJ lifestyle that you want to live.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu culture is one of the richest and most widely spread martial art cultures around the world. While you’ve got clubs that do boxing, Karate, Judo, and Muay Thai.
With Brazilian jiu-jitsu, you get a lot more of a real family feeling and a bond with everybody that practices and that creates that lifestyle of sharing and knowledge.
When you start off new you and you don’t know anything yet, you require somebody better than you and more skilled to show you the way without harming you and then vice versa you return that to the newer students when you become a more skilled practitioner of the martial arts.
So it’s a circle of life in this martial arts.
#5 Life lessons.
A lot of the time in Brazilian jiu-jitsu we find ourself training on the mat, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that the lessons learned are only learned on the mat.
In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, we look at each situation,( whether it’s a street fight, sport fight, or a general life difficulty) as a problem that requires a solution.
We break it down and reverse engineer it in order to find the correct techniques and approaches.
Now whether it’s business, friendship, family, relationships you name it. You need to look at a problem subjectively reverse-engineer it and figure out how you want to move forward with it to find the best solution, and Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to think that way.
And that’s why you hear the term “Brazilian jiu-jitsu is human chess”.
#4 BJJ teaches you mental fortitude.
In order to be a successful Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner and to climb the ranks of the belts, you need to understand something…
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is not an easy martial art, it is probably the longest martial art to take from white belt all the way to black belt and that’s for a good reason.
It’s because it requires a mix of mental knowledge in the form of technique and your body’s psychical ability to execute the martial arts techniques, this creates an environment for a strong mental fortitude.
If your able to get through your first few years as a white belt, starting off from scratch and having the colored belts beat you and submit you and put you in a state of humility, then you will discover a side of you that’s a lot more social, outgoing, respectfully, and a lot more open to learning from others.
But you are also going to be mentally strong.
This might seem common in most activities or hobbies you undertake in life, but I want to stress on one thing.
Brazilian jiu jitsu is a martial art that is practiced in the same fashion all around the world. So whether you’re practicing it in New York, the UK, California, Japan or wherever you are in the world we use the same terminology.
We all say… the guard, mount, half guard, pass the guard, Omoplata, rear naked choke are all universal terms.
The belt system the Stripes wherever you are the system follows the same basic principals.
So if you travel anywhere around the world you have your own ‘Facebook’ so to speak. You have your own platform for friendship. All you need to do is pack a Gi and a belt with you and go hit up any Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym. Whether you’re an adult or kid, whether your son’s doing BJJ or your daughter, you just need to walk into a gym put them in a class and you’ll be guaranteed friends by the time a one-hour session is done.
To add to this the friendships are you forge in jiu-jitsu are lifelong friendships.
It’s one thing to meet a friend and talk and share a hobby or a topic and chit chat. Its another thing when you spar with the person, you choke them they tap out you release them, they get you in an armbar you tap out they release and you create that bond where you trust each other with your own bodies, with your life almost.
You also trust each other to teach each other the correct technique, to help each other get better together and succeed together, that kind of bond is hardly breakable.
So whether you’re a kid or an adult, for better friendships Brazilian jiu-jitsu
#2 BJJ is a cure for bullying
Your thinking “well of course, as it’s a martial art, a self-defense system so naturally it would “cure bullying”
But it goes so much deeper than that in jiu jitsu.
Throughout our training and our methods and our techniques where we train every day in the same way in a real-life situation, there is no ‘gloves off’ so to speak.
When you’re training kick boxing, muay thai or really any martial art where you spar, you can’t go 100% against your training partners.
Because if you did that you won’t have any training partners left in one piece.
But with Brazilian jiu-jitsu (once you get more experienced) you can spar at 100% all the time because we are not (technically) striking each other. So the fear of this happening in a real life situation goes away.
You’re no longer scared of somebody’s putting their hands on you or grabbing you.
You’re no longer scared of somebody putting you in a chock hold because you know what to do because you’ve done it many times.
So how does this relate to bullying?
If a child is not afraid of their surroundings, if a child is not afraid of the other kids in school bullying them, attacking them, confronting them, then they’re going to enjoy going to school they’re going to be a silly as clumsy as they want, because the other kids will know that this kid is confident, this kid can handle themselves in a fight and if I touch them I’ll get “handled” myself.
Now most of us don’t live in a world where we’re constantly attacked on a daily basis and our kids probably don’t go to a school where they are physically beat up every day.
But that doesn’t change the fact that when you have that self-confidence that you could handle yourself should a situation arise, it creates an aura around you of self-security that other people will see in your language, your body language, your actions and the responses to a competition situation.
Now when it comes to bullies themselves it’s still highly recommended that they are enrolled in BJJ.
You say “but wait.. are you sure its a good idea to take a bully and teach them how to submit other kids?”
Well, here’s the interesting part.
In order for a bully to reach a point where they could hypothetically use the BJJ techniques in their bullying endeavors, they must first get submitted and defeated many many times over months of training in jiu-jitsu class by kids half their size.
What that does is make them realize that that kid sitting in the corner wearing glasses drinking Kool-Aid can you kick my ass, and you make them humble, you make them respect other kids and seek information.
As they continue their jiu-jitsu training, they reach start learning and reach a point where they start helping and teaching other kids in class (their new found friends)
It’s these principles that break down and dissolve the bullying complex.
#1 BJJ (can be) ‘Hurt Free’
So what does this mean?
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is unique in the fact that ‘winning’ does not automatically mean causing harm to the other person.
BJJ gives you the ability to physically control someone, put them in a submission and force them to give up or you can and will hurt them.
If you are a child at school and a bully attacks you and you put the bully on the ground, handling them and controlling them while waiting for a teacher to arrive is the ideal situation you want to teach your child.
Rather than your child going to a fighter base, pulling in a left jab into a right hook and knocking another kid out. Which defended themselves but also teaches them violence and doesn’t look good in the principal’s office…
In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, it is a hurt free martial art.
If you learn it in the correct way then you can handle your opponents without injuring them, while at the same time you have all the tools necessary to deliver all the damage that could be necessary should the situation require it.