TOP 10 REASONS TO TRAIN BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU
If you’re searching for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or are new to martial art and wondering why you should be training it you should read this.
I’m going to go over my top 10 reasons for why you should be training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
10. Fastest growing martial arts
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the fastest growing Martial art in the world today. Royce Gracie was the first fighter showcasing this martial art. He made his debut in the UFC 1, set up by the Gracie family.
Royce Gracie was chosen because he was thin, slim, skinny, and shows no signs of strength or aggression, so when he was put up against opponents that were almost two times his weight and then submitted them, he shocked the world and that ignited a huge boost to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
9. It is a self-defense system
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defense system. Unlike most martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is not an attack based martial art that focuses on aggression and strength
Brazilan Jiu-Jitsu focuses on principles of technique and leverage, if you have those, then strength is a secondary thought, not a primary
BJJ was developed by the Gracie family in particularly Helio Gracie, in order for people to be able to defend themselves in any street situation, and since then It’s been taught to everybody from individuals, to police, and the military all around the world
8. Great workout
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an excellent all round workout. If you’re like me and you get tired of going to the gym hitting the weights and doing the same sets and reps every single day of the week, then Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu might be the solution.
If you’ve never grappled or wrestled before, then expect to realize muscles you’ve never felt before in your life. Just like other martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu incorporates almost all of the muscles in the body.
Training Jiu-jitsu can burn anywhere between 500 and 1500 calories per class. This includes if you do sparring and drills and it just skyrockets your calorie burn 75% of the time.
7. It promotes self-control
Jiu-Jitsu teaches you self-control, you’re going to quickly realize that you need to adopt some form of control of your breathing, muscle tension, your thoughts, and emotions.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu requires a lot of self-control. Unlike other martial arts where you go triggered, aggression and anger, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu requires you to think, set a plan, adhere to it, and set traps, this is where it requires a lot of self-control, and this is going to relate on the mat, on your training, on your food and on your exercise as well as your actual sparring
6. It builds a healthier lifestyle
One of the many phrases you’ll hear in BJJ, but more often is BJJ lifestyle.
While a lot of people associated with the Brazilian Carioca and with the surfer culture from the US, the BJJ lifestyle is a bit more than that.
Training such a challenging martial art like Jiu-Jitsu requires a healthy ego-free lifestyle. It will naturally let you adopt and practice certain habits in your life – you’ll naturally start seeking out foods that will help you train better.
You’re going to start looking for complementary sports to improve your game. You’re going to associate yourself with people that are like-minded and live the same lifestyle you want to live.
The 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, you get a lot more of a family feeling with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a bond with everybody that practices it and that creates that lifestyle of sharing and knowledge.
It’s a circle of life in BJJ, when you start out new and you don’t know anything, you need someone who is more skilled to show you the way without harming you, and then you return that, so it’s trained in the same way all around.
5. It builds life lessons
While many martial arts share this, life lessons have a unique standing point to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Brazilian Jujitsu focuses on solving problems in every situation. A lot of our time is spent training on the mats and you’ll see us wearing Gi’s and rolling and fighting with each other.
But don’t let that fool you into thinking that the lessons are only learned on the mat. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we look at each situation – whether it’s a street fight or sport fight, as a problem that requires a solution.
We break it down and reverse engineers in order to find the correct techniques and movements to approach this now this can be translated directly into life, whether it’s business, friendship, family, relationships – you name it, you need to look at the problem, subjectively reverse-engineer it and figure out how you want to move forward with it to find the best solution.
A lot of martial arts focus on the first person to hit, the first person to attack, kick, punch, hurt, damage, injury, aggression.
Whereas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has none of that and why it is so unique to this martial art.
We break it down and reverse engineer it in order to find the correct techniques and movements to approach this. Now that can be translated directly into life, whether it’s business, friendship, family, relationships – you name it.
You need to look at the problem, subjectively reverse-engineer it, in order to figure out how you want to move forward with it to find the best solution.
We eliminate the punching and the injury out of the situation, and we focus on the problem itself versus a solution and that’s why you’ll hear the term Brazilian jiu-jitsu is human chess
4. It builds mental fortitude
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 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 knowledge as well as practice and this creates an environment for a tough mental attitude.
If you’re able to survive your first one to two years as a white belt, having everybody beat you, submit you, tap you, and then break that down into humility – you’re going to realize that you discover a side of you that’s a lot more social, outgoing, respectful, and learning from others. But you’re also going to be mentally tough you’re by going day after day after day and not succeed in something and still trying.
3. It leads to friendships
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that’s practiced in the same exact way, terms, and mindset all around the world.
So whether you’re practicing it in Abu Dhabi, in the U.S, or in Australia – we all say ‘guard’, ‘mount’, ‘half guard’, ‘pass the guard’, ‘omoplata’, ‘rear naked choke’.
The Terms are all the same. The way we teach, our belts, our stripes, everything is the same.
Why am I saying this?
When you travel anywhere around the world, you have your own Facebook you have your own platform for friendship – all you need to do is pack a Gi and a belt with you and go hit any Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym around the world.
Whether you’re an adult or a kid, whether your son’s doing BJJ or your daughter? You just need to walk into a gym, put them in that class and you’ll be guaranteed friends by the time a one-hour session is done
To add to this, the friendships that you form in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are lifelong friendships.
It’s one thing to meet a friend and talk and share a hobby or topic, but it’s another thing when you fight with a person and nearly choked them out, or they nearly break your arm and you create that bond where you trust each other with your own body, and even your life almost.
You also trust each other to teach each other the correct technique, help each other get better together and succeed together. That kind of bond is hardly breakable.
So whether you are a kid growing up or an adult looking for deeper better friendships? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the way to go.
2. It cures bullying
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a cure for bullying.
I know many of your probably thinking yes it’s a martial art, it’s a self-defense system.
So, naturally, it’s a cure for bullying, but I think it goes a little bit deeper than that with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Throughout our training and our methods and our techniques where we fight every single day in the same way as in a real-life situation, there are no gloves off when you’re sparring Boxing, or when you’re sparring Muay Thai – you cannot go 100% against your opponent.
Why? because if you do that, you won’t have any training partners. But with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we’re training 100% all the time because we eliminate punches.
So the fear of it actually happening in a street situation, in a real-life situation is eliminated.
I’m no longer scared that somebody’s going to put their hands on me. I no longer fear that someone is going to try to choke me because I know what to do in that situation – I’ve done it many times.
How does this relate to bullying?
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 as silly as they want because the other kids will know that this kid is confident – this kid can handle themselves and if I push them? If I touch them? I’ll be handled myself.
I know we don’t live in a world where we’re constantly attacked and our kids probably don’t go to a school where they’re beaten up every day, but that doesn’t change the fact that if they have that self-confidence in them that they can handle themselves in that situation
It creates an aura around your child of self-security that other kids will see, from their body language, their actions, and their responses to a confrontation – bullies will stay away.
When it comes to actual bullies themselves, I also highly recommend enrolling them in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – many people think I’m crazy!
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great way to get to know bullies. People will say, you want to grab a bully and teach them how to choke other kids?
Is it possible for a bully to learn how to choke other children in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu setting? Yes, but that’s the funny part. In order for a bully to learn how to choke other kids in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu setting? they’re going to have to get choked out a million times by kids half a quarter of their size.
What that does is make them realize that, that kid sitting in the corner wearing glasses, drinking milk can kick my ass.
And that’s exactly how you break down a Bully. You make them humble, you make them respect other kids and seek information.
As they get beaten day after day and learn from other kids and start teaching other kids.
A coach’s job is to help children learn from other kids and start teaching them. It depends on having a good coach whose mindset should be towards enriching children, Jiu-Jitsu naturally decapitates bullying personality and etiquette.
1. You win without hurting
The number one reason why you should train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? is because it is hurt-free!
Never before has there been a martial art, in which winning entails you not harming your opponent.
When you physically control an opponent, hold them down, put them in a submission hold and give them the opportunity to tap out or submit – then you have just won a street constitutional situation without harming anybody.
You are not liable for any lawsuits, you have not committed any crimes and you have not permanently damaged anyone.
If you’re a child in class and a kid attacks them? Bringing that child to the floor – handling them, taking their back, and holding them in the rear-naked position – allowing them to tap or waiting until a teacher arrives is the ideal situation.
You want to teach your child, rather than your child going to a fighter stance; pulling in a left hook and a right cross, and knocking another kid out – which defends them, but also teaches them violence.
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it’s a hurt-free martial art.
You can handle your opponent without hurting them if you learn it in the correct way. that I believe is deserving of the top spot in this book.
I hope it gives you some insight, inspires you, and motivates you to give this martial art a try, whether it’s for you or for your children