There’s a lot of reasons why you and everyone else should train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Here is a list of 11 of them. There are much more reasons to train BJJ but whatever reasons you find suitable for your self be sure that BJJ will make you a better person. So, join a ride.
- It’s a Martial Art.
If you’re a “man” at some point in your life you were, for sure, impressed with different characters in your life who were doing some martial art while kicking a#ses. That’s the reason I think you deserve to “fight” other men in some sort of controlled environment. So here is your chance. There are no kicks and Punches in BJJ, so it makes it the perfect martial art for you. You won’t be kicked, you won’t be punched and you won’t be risking a knockout on every training.
2. You will learn self-defense
No matter if you train BJJ for sport or BJJ for self-defense you will definitely put your self-defense grade on a much higher level than it is without training. And we can say that BJJ is one of the most effective martial arts when it comes to self-defense
3. Physical Workout
If you think that weight lifting or exercising on machines is boring BJJ is perfect for you. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a full-body workout. Both aerobic and anaerobic conditioning is present in every warm-up, drill, and sparring. The good thing is you are able to dose yourself in every situation. And if you want to leave the gym crawling you can do that too.
4. Self Esteem
At the start of your BJJ journey, you will feel helpless. You’ll feel like a toy to some guys jumping around you. But very soon if you put enough dedication and focus on your Jiu-Jitsu you will notice how much more powerful you are every time you step on the mat. New guys will come to the gym and you will become better than some “old” guys and you will feel empowered and soon after that, you’ll be in control of your thoughts and actions!
5. You have to be social
If you’re kind of a guy who doesn’t interact with people too much because of your work or your lifestyle or any other stuff that’s something that BJJ fix as soon as you join some BJJ school. Immediately after BJJ class starts you’re forced to interact with people, to help them, to let them help you, to talk about techniques, stuff you’re drilling etc. It’s not like boxing or similar sports where you’re most of the time left on your own doing shadow boxing or punching bag etc.
When you train BJJ you’re instantly making friends because of interaction that’s happening as soon as the class start. You can’t learn Jiu-Jitsu on your own. You have to work with someone and that’s a great opportunity to make friends! You will like someone and someone will like you 🙂
7. You’ll forget your problems instantly while in BJJ class
When you’re trying to choke someone or someone is trying to choke you and you’re literally looking to survive it’s pretty hard to think about anything that bothers you except a fact that you’ll probably go to sleep if you don’t think of something very fast.
For some people, the best part of BJJ is traveling and visiting academies. You can be sure that in every corner of the world you will find a gym where you can train and meet new people and have fun. You can also visit BJJ camps around the world, visit all kinds of seminars, and if you want to meet any of the BJJ idols you can. You just visit their gym and choke them 🙂
No matter how good you are there is always someone better, faster, younger. There is always someone who knows more. You will learn that you will never know everything and you will accept the fact that you can always learn more from anyone around you no matter what belt they are or how long they train.
10. It’s about the brain, not just muscles
There’s an enormous number of techniques in BJJ and there are counters, re counters, re counters, re re re counters… ok you got it. Every day you will be faced with some kind of problem-solving situations. Questions and answers all the way. If you use your brain more you will be resolving those problems much easier. Just like in a real-life situation. Everything else is to make sure your body listens to your brain and you’ll do fine.
11. You can practice BJJ for the rest of your life
One of the fathers of BJJ, Helio Gracie trained BJJ until he died at age of 95. While training BJJ you can choose your training partners, you can set your own pace, you can choose techniques you want and you can enjoy it no matter what age you are. There’s one good sentence about BJJ and your training style. “Train BJJ like an old man, so that you can train BJJ as an old man”.