Why Should You Train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)?
10 Reasons Why You Should Train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
I have tried many martial arts in my time, from Karate, to kickboxing and Muay Thai, to Judo, and MMA but none seem to come close to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I mention my time with BJJ in this article. BJJ (also known as Gracie Jiu Jitsu) has always been my passion and I know that even in my 70s, as long as I am generally fit enough, I will be able to train. This is because BJJ can be an energetic martial art or it can be a martial full of flow and calm. It all depends on who you “roll” (grapple) with.
I am now going to give you 10 reason why YOU (yes you even if you can’t move your legs) should train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
1. You are NEVER too old
As discussed, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be trained even in your 90s. Helio Gracie was training until his death at the age of 95. You are NEVER too old to learn something new. BJJ can be practised very gently – just find the right partner(s). If you don’t feel at all confident about other people injuring you because of your age, drop into your local BJJ school and talk to the main instructor about your concerns. I’m sure they’ll be more than happy giving you a training partner that will be gentle enough with you.
You will feel a sense of progression with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The more you stick at it, the more you will see changes in your game. It will feel great when you sink a choke or a lock in on your training partner after a few sessions of training.
BJJ requires that you are generally fit. If you aren’t fit then the more you train it, the more you fit you will become. Once you fall in love with jiu jitsu you will also WANT to become more fit so that you feel betting when rolling.
4. Self Defense
As long as you practise self defense BJJ and not just the sports BJJ, you will learn how to handle yourself if you are attacked. Sports jiu jitsu is not good for self defense as it incorporates moves such as the “turtle”. This is a move that is very useful in a jiu jitsu tournament, but out of a street someone can easily soccer kick you in the head or stomach.
5. Loss of Ego
The ego is a wonderful illusion. Once you get tapped out 10 times by a guy (or girl) who ways half your weight, you’ll realise that strength isn’t everything. You’ll also realise that there is NO SHAME in tapping out.
6. It’s Fun
It is a fun way to LEARN something whilst EXERCISING and gaining FITNESS. Seriously, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is extremely fun once you actually start to learn something. The first few sessions might be grueling at first but once you get into the flow of it, it becomes enjoyable.
7. You Become Comfortable With The Uncomfortable
I have mentioned this in an article or two before about being comfortable in uncomfortable situations. Once you can feel comfortable in uncomfortable situations, you start to adapt to the uncomfortable. This is how you progress, not just in sport but in life.
8. BJJ Clubs Are Like Families
Once you return to your jiu jitsu club many times, you will soon become a regular. Your instructors and training partners will get to know you more and soon you will become a part of the family.
9. Stress Release
If you feel stressed, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a fantastic way to relieves you in-built tensions and forget about your day.
10. The Creation of Good Habits
Once you start to love jiu jitsu it will force you to create good habits. If you train 3 or 4 times per week you will most likely WANT to start going to bed early, eating right and even doing other exercise to further your BJJ.
What Are You Waiting For?
Get to your nearest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club and start training, but remember – stick at it! It might be hard at first but after a few sessions it will get easier and more fun!