Sunday, November 20, 2011

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and why should EVERYONE try it?

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a new and quickly growing sport here in the United States.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was first brought into the public eye in the 90's when a 180lb man named Royce Gracie arrived on scene at the first Ultimate Fighting Championship and went all the way to win the entire tournament.  The early UFC tournaments basically served as unintended infomercials as people watched a relatively average looking man dominate: boxers, kick boxers, karate masters, and muscle bound men in a decisive fashion.  It became apparent as martial arts battled other martial arts that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was a serious art, and that even a small man could learn to defend himself against other highly trained fighters.  Contrary to what we see on T.V. in the form of MMA, BJJ itself is a not striking art.  Although in self defense BJJ practitioners learn how to defend basic strikes: punching, kicking, elbows, and knees, they are not part of the typical curriculum.  In BJJ athletes and students learn proper use of body mechanics and balance to: control your opponent, achieve mechanically superior positions, and apply holds and joint locks to subdue an opponent.  The basic principle is that even a small child could learn to subdue a large man with the proper technique.

Okay, but why should you give it a try?  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is: an excellent workout, promotes humility and humbleness, builds character, promotes abstract thinking and logic, promotes flexibility and balance, and can boost confidence.  Most of the people I meet who train in BJJ are better people because of the sport.  It seems like BJJ truly becomes a lifestyle for most of those involved, this isn't to say that everyone develops ambitions of becoming a world champion, but most end up: eating better, losing weight, becoming more confident, and more humble at the same time.  People of all ages can benefit from BJJ class; I have personally met 60 year olds and 6 year olds who are starting their journeys in Jiu Jitsu, I have met large and small, black and white, male and female, and people from all different countries all together in one class.  At my current gym (Alliance Atlanta) we have all different nationalities, colors, and body types.  In a way BJJ can truly unite us all together.

BJJ class is also an excellent place to meet friends and people of character.  I don't truly bond with many people (and a big part of this has to do with my own obsession of Jiu Jitsu) but, I have made many lifelong friends in BJJ.  There is a large community of people involved in the sport and it is constantly growing; you meet tons of interesting people every day: doctors, lawyers, producers, business owners, and laborers.  It is truly amazing that people who may never have had contact with each otherwise can share a common bond of Jiu-Jitsu and be the best of friends.  I always have a great time when I spend time with someone that shares my love of the sport; we may be doing any numbers of things, but we are united in our passion for the sport.

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lifestyle is a healthy and exciting life to live.  People often start out doing BJJ to learn self defense, and end up: losing weight, making friends, learning to eat a healthier diet, and sometimes people even meet a best friend or a find a date.  The possibilities are endless in Jiu Jitsu, there are countless ways that it can change your life for the better, but you have to take a leap of faith and go to that first class;  there is nothing to be afraid of, for the most part, the BJJ community is full of wonderful and diverse people who will accept you just as you are.  So the only question left is what are you waiting for?!  Get online and find a gym near you, call the school and set up your intro class or just walk in and talk to the instructor.  I guarantee he will be happy to see you and I am pretty sure you'll be happy you gave it a try.

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