If you’re a “man” at some point of your life you were, for sure, impressed with different characters in your life who were doing some martial art and were kicking guys around. And that’s the reason I think you deserve to “fight” other men in some sort of controlled environment. So here is your chance. As there is no kicks and Punches in BJJ it makes it perfect martial art for you. You won’t be kicked, you won’t be punched and you won’t be risking a knock out on every training.
2. You will learn self defense
No matter if you train BJJ for sport or BJJ for self defense you will definitely put your self defense grade on a much higher level then it is without training. And we can say that BJJ is one of the most effective martial arts.
3. Physical Workout
If you think that weight lifting or exercising on machines is boring BJJ is perfect for you. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a full body workout. Both aerobic and anaerobic conditioning is present in every warm up, drill and sparring. The good thing is you are able to dose your self in every situation. And if you want to leave gym crawling you can do that too.
4. Self Esteem
At the start of your BJJ Journey you will feel helpless. You’ll feel like a toy to some guys jumping around you. But very soon if you put enough dedication and focus on your Jiu Jitsu you will notice how much more powerful you are every time you step on the mat. New guys will come to gym and you will become better then some “old” guys and you will feel empowered and soon after that you’ll be in control of your thoughts and actions!
5. You have to be social
If you’re kind of a guy who don’t interact with people too much because of your work or your lifestyle or any other stuff that’s something that BJJ fix as soon as you join some BJJ school. Immediately after BJJ class starts you’re forced to interact with people, to help them, to let them help you, to talk about techniquess, stuff you’re drilling etc. It’s not like boxing or similiar sports where you’re most of the time left on your own doing shadow boxing or punching bag etc.
When you train BJJ you’re instantly making friends because of interaction that’s happening as soon as class start. You can’t learn Jiu Jitsu on your own. You have to work with someone and that’s a great opportunity to make friends! You will like someone and someone will like you 🙂
7. You’ll forget your problems instantly while in BJJ class
When you’re trying to choke someone or someone is trying to choke you and you’re literally looking to survive it’s pretty hard to think about anything that bothers you except a fact that you’ll probably going to sleep if you don’t think of something very fast.
For some people the best part of BJJ is traveling and visiting academies. You can be sure that in every corner of the world you will find a gym where you can train and meet new people and have fun. You can also visit BJJ camps around the world, visit all kind of seminars and if you want to meet any of your BJJ idols you can. You just visit their gym and choke them 🙂
No matter how good you are there is always someone better, faster, younger. There is always someone who know more. You will learn that you will never know everything and you will accept that fact that you can always learn more from anyone around you no matter what belt they are or how long they train.
10. It’s about brain not just muscles
There’s enormous number of techniques in BJJ and there are counters, re counters, re re counters, re re re counters… ok you got it. Every day you will be faced with some kind of problem solving situations. Questions and answers all the way. If you use your brain more you will be resolving those problems much easier. Just like in real life situation. Everyhing else is to make sure your body listens to your brain and you’ll do fine.
11. You can practice BJJ for the rest of your life
One of the fathers of BJJ, Helio Gracie trained BJJ until he died at age of 95. While training BJJ you can chose your training partners, you can set your own pace, you can chose techniques you want and you can enjoy it no matter what age you are. There’s one good sentence about bjj and your training style. “Train BJJ like an old man, so that you can train BJJ as an old man”.