You hear a lot of people saying that BJJ has changed their life, but what does it mean? What they mean is that the changes goes straight beyond what you can actually see, and we all know that it is the things you cannot see that have the biggest impact on your life.
The most obvious is the physical benefit to your body; if you walk into martial arts gym and talk to students the first answer you will get from them is often something like “I have lost so much weight since I have started”, or maybe “my flexibility has increased incredibly”. You will notice how quick your body adapts and responds to changes, and how much better you feel session after session.
It's fun, plain, straight forward and is great for your mental health. The process of learning a technique requires as much mental activity as it does physical. You will study the technique, and then learn to apply it; and practise over and over again until you get it. Practising a new technique can be really challenging as you will probably not succeed at your first attempt; this is the moment when you start developing patience and perseverance. Every time you step in to the mat be ready to face not only physical strength but also psychological strength.
There is no better way to take care of your body AND mind at the same time. Think of it as a human game of chess, and what better challenge than trying to figure your way out of your opponent's half-guard?
BJJ allows a small and weak person to submit bigger opponents with the use of proper techniques, especially when the aggressor has no ground fighting knowledge, so it has gained popularity as a system if self-defence in recent years. Its effectiveness has been recognised and it’s been incorporated into a variety of programs, from military special forces to women's self-defence. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use what you learn outside of practice and competition, but it’s good to know that you could if you had to.
In mixed martial arts, proficiency in grappling and ground fighting has become a prerequisite, and BJJ remains one of the most dominant martial arts in MMA.
**Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on submissions without the use of strikes. This form of training allows practitioners to spar at full speed and with full power, resembling the effort used in a real competition.
You will no longer go to the gym because you feel like you have something to prove or weight to lose. You will go to have fun training with new friends.