What is BJJ? How will BJJ benefit me?
What is BJJ?
What is BJJ? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is more than just a sport, and more than just a martial art. It is a combination of all of these things and it’s benefits can often change someone’s entire life. I know what you’re thinking. It looks really fun and interesting, but it might not be for me. I’m here to change your mind! BJJ is for everybody – women, men, and children. Before I explain HOW it will change your life, let’s start off with the basics and a little bit of BJJ history.
“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defence system that focuses on grappling, and in particular ground fighting.
BJJ was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by Master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Helio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge onto their family.
BJJ emphasises getting an opponent to the ground, gaining superior positioning and applying numerous chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations to defeat them. By using leverage and proper technique, BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant.”
Who wouldn’t benefit from that? Women, men, and even children can use and apply techniques learned in BJJ to everyday life. Here, we’re going to discuss some major key benefits of training in BJJ. There are two key areas BJJ will improve. These are physical benefits and mental benefits. Here, I will break down a few key aspects of both.
Physical Benefits of Training in BJJ
What are the physical benefits of training BJJ? Self-defence is one of the major benefits of training in BJJ, and a skill that literally EVERYONE can benefit from. BJJ was created for smaller people to level the playing field against bigger opponents. This is something that can be useful in potentially dangerous everyday situations. BJJ is great and practical for this because it allows you to neutralize a fight (even in an everyday situation) without ever having to throw a punch.
Furthermore, many techniques taught in BJJ are practical ways in how to deal with “real life” street danger. These techniques include: clinching an attacker while on your feet, defending yourself on the ground off your back, defending chokes, when and how to apply over hooks and under hooks, and escaping someone who might grab you from behind. It might feel like you won’t ever need to know these self-defence methods, and maybe you won’t ever have to use them – but why take the risk? Learning these techniques can potentially save yours or someone else’s life one day.
Additionally, BJJ is great for someone who wants to improve their overall physical health. For example, BJJ will improve your cardio game easily, especially if you are not interested in traditional methods like running. Additionally, you will be improving and expanding on muscles you have probably never used before. Your warm-ups, drills, and rolling will give you an all-around body workout like no other! Many people say you can feel the physical difference in just a matter of a few weeks when you first start training in BJJ.
The Mental Benefits of Training in BJJ
What are the mental benefits of training BJJ? BJJ will definitely improve your ability to critically think and problem solve.There are so many techniques within BJJ and everyone eventually develops their own unique style that uses said techniques. Training in BJJ, you have to learn and think critically of how to overcome your opponent and their techniques all in the heat of the moment of a training (or sparring) session. This will inevitably help you become a better critical thinking under pressure and out of it. Additionally, you often have to think under pressure – a tactic that once you’ve mastered you can apply to any every day situation. Anyone can use this at any time, in school, at work, in your relationships and friendships etc.
Another very important area BJJ will improve is your self-esteem and confidence. Overcoming challenges is always crucial to building your self-esteem. BJJ, like many other martial arts, will improve your confidence without you even noticing. Your confidence will grow exponentially when learning and mastering techniques that started out as foreign to you. Learning the techniques in BJJ will take time. You will fail and re-fail time and time again before getting it right. Eventually, you will get it! This type of perseverance is a self-esteem builder. This will undoubtedly translate to you becoming for confident not only inside the gym, but outside of it too. It will teach you how to have the mental strength to fail and keep going, something that will happen time and time again outside of the gym.
As you can see, BJJ will improve many areas of your life. Training in BJJ will give you practical knowledge you can use both inside and outside of the gym. Who wouldn’t want to be more confident, healthy, calmer, have the ability to work under pressure and deal with real life street danger? These benefits can apply to anyone, anywhere! Find out if BJJ is for you by trying a class out today! You can try out a free BJJ class here!