I was first introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when I was an orange belt in Karate, it was after a sweep I was on the ground and I had the idea to lock his leg with my both legs and then turn, this threw him down and as I turned his face was against the floor. Then the instructor told me “that is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique”, I had no idea, I just reacted ’cause I did not want to lose. That was it and I was hooked, I had to get my gi, my gear and everything else…
We already know that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that teaches you how to dominate the opponent on the ground. It is not about using force but intelligence, this is where you can defend yourself against an opponent bigger than you.
We already know the poluparity of this art, which has grown with the UFC. We also know that many celebrities have become lovers of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Now it’s time to get to the details and to mention real facts why YOU should train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:
1.- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for anyone, anyone can learn.
Many traditional martial arts have forms with weapons or without weapons, also called katas. This does not exist in Jiu Jitsu, which is a benefit, since the practitioner spends much more time training efficient combat techniques.
Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that anyone can learn, children, women as adults practice it nowadays. It is a very controlled martial art, where practitioners always study the various options to find a solution to an attack.
2.- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will sharpen your mind
It is an art that makes your mind much stronger, since it presents you with various challenges that force you to find solutions. Every time you change your position you find yourself with a new difficulty that keeps you thinking and executing movements constantly. It is perfect because your body and mind are in constant movement complementing each other. Many call Jiu Jitsu as the human chess because of the amount of changing strategies that you apply just like a chess game. The training of Jiu Jitsu produces a high number of endorphins that also help you to concentrate and feel focused, it also helps the development of new cells that can help prevent early aging.
3.- It is one of the most complete Workouts in the world
Each class is structured with many exercises of elasticity and strength to develop your body completely. In a couple of months you will begin to notice changes in your body, you will feel stronger and more flexible. The more you train the more you will develop and look for more challenging exercises.
4.- Great addition to arsenal if you are an striker
If you already train other martial arts such as Muay Thai, Karate or Kickboxing then the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be a very good complement. Since you can defend yourself both standing and on the ground, and this will make you a complete practitioner.
If you are a striker and you are taken down, you will know what to do and will have plenty of options to become successful.
5.- You won’t have to be on a diet ever! At All!
Due to constant training and interaction with other Jiu Jitsu practitioners you will realize that it is not necessary to be on a diet to lose weight. You will look for ways to feed yourself better without suffering, because when training with a team of motivated people they share the same goals. With each workout you will have worked your entire body, each muscle and feel that you should eat what is necessary to continue, your body will make you feel and not accept that you eat more than you need.
There is one diet from the Gracie family, It was developed to prepare practitioners to give them strength and a nutrient-rich food. Have you ever heard about The Gracie Diet?
6- Your friends won’t dance, They Will Roll
Practitioners of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu do not dance, they do not fight, they roll. It is important to mention that there is a lot of respect in this, since when you roll you need to respect certain rules of etiquette which you will learn as you practice. As you progress in your learning you may be invited to roll with black belts. Never ask a black belt to roll with you, it is disrespectful and it will be seen as a challenge.
- It is always advisable to ask questions after a practice so you can understand more, also accept feedback, it will make you a better practitioner.
7.- You will get to train with real warriors
Practitioners of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are dedicated to studying and learning intelligent strategies of combat, they look for practical solutions, they are true students of the art of war.
When you join a group of this type is when you begin to learn in the same way, you begin to develop as a person, you become stronger, healthier and more able to reason intelligently.
- Many UFC fighters love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and there are chances you might meet one at a Jiu Jitsu tournament and if you’re lucky might roll with one of them.
8.- You will meet New Cool People
In the practices of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you will meet new people, with similar tastes and interests. People who want to improve themselves, people who also want to train as hard as you, but efficiently. You will meet healthy people like you, who like sports, good food and more. Jiu Jitsu practitioners become part of a family.
9.- Say goodbye to Stress for Ever
10.- You will build up your Confidence
Respect and trust are values that define the course of each person’s life, according to how they are understood and applied.
And although martial arts teaches respect and trust to others, it also teaches primarily to feel respect and trust for oneself. They are the key to developing respect and trust towards others.
11.- You will have tons of Fun
You will never regret training Jiu Jitsu, because you will meet new people who not only train hard but also play hard. Jiu Jitsu black belts also have sense of humor, they are badass but also human. Once you train Jiu Jitsu you also become part of a family.
12.- You will develop Patience and Determination
You will develop patience and determination as you will constantly perform techniques over and over again in order to improve your performance. Your hard work will take you to the determination of achieving goals, and that will make you work with patience to achieve them.
13.- You will gain Self Control
Jiu Jitsu is an excellent therapy to achieve self-control, since it stabilizes you physically and emotionally when training. You learn to respect and control yourself with who you practice.
14.- You will increase your flexibility and build Muscle
Yes, you will be on your way to become the best version of yourself. People will notice the change and the best part is that clothes will fit better and you will feel and look better too.
15.- You will become the best version of Yourself
There are many benefits as you can see, you have to think that with all that the real benefit is that you will become a better person, wiser, and stronger inside and out. Your Gi will be your Armour.
Frequently Asked Questions about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Dangerous?
- No, it is a very safe martial art that is just as safe as many sports and martial arts that are practiced under the tutelage of a qualified instructor. A good recommendation would be to get your protection gear so you can train safely.
Does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu build muscle?
- It will not get you to look like Mr. Universe but it will help you get a great shape, you will work out every muscle of your body and will tone them. You will certainly get your six pack if you keep on training.
Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu good cardio?
- It is great because you are constantly moving, stretching and using your entire body all the time. Your body will become stronger with every class and you will notice it after a couple of months.
Can you practice Jiu Jitsu alone?
- You might be able to do some exercises and stretching on your own but you will need someone to practice the techniques. Find a local Jiu Jitsu school and try it out. Never try techniques with inexperienced practitioners, you need to have the guidance of a certified instructor.
What kind of equipment do I need for BJJ?
- You will need a gi, a rashguard, a mouthguard to get started. There might be a few other items that might help you as you learn more such as tape for your joints, fingers, knees and ankles. Shorts for No gi and a breathable bag for all your gear.
- If you still have doubts then I recommend you visit a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school, get a trial, get a free class and see if you like it and how you feel.
Standard Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Rank Requirements
- White Belt 2 stripes
- White Belt 3 stripes
- White Belt 4 stripes
- White Belt 5 stripes
- Blue Belt
- Blue Belt 1 stripe
- Blue Belt 2 stripes
- Blue Belt 3 stripes
- Blue Belt 4 stripes
- Blue Belt 5 stripes
- Purple Belt
- Purple Belt 1 stripe
- Purple Belt 2 stripe
- Purple Belt 3 stripe
- Purple Belt 4 stripe
- Purple Belt 5 stripe
- Brown Belt
- Black Belt
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