Those looking to get into martial arts in the New Year but don’t know where to start, look no further. A perfect starting point could be the art of grappling, which teaches you one of the most effective martial arts both for competition and self-defense.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is one of the most popular disciplines in the modern era. It is a martial art that teaches practitioners how to leverage their body weight and underlying strength to gain an advantage over an opponent in any given situation.
Referred to by many as ‘the gentle art’, BJJ focuses on grappling and ground techniques. It basically promotes the concept that anyone of any size can defend themselves against bigger, heavier opponents by utilizing sound technique and leverage. Because it requires a lot of intelligence to practice, some say BJJ is the closest martial arts gets to chess.
Furthermore, BJJ training has so many physical and mental benefits that transcend mere external improvements. It’s not only a great workout that you can try this 2019, but also a new way of life that will change the way you approach your health and fitness.
There are loads of benefits that you can pick up from training in BJJ. Today, Evolve Daily shares four reasons why 2019 is the year you need to start training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
1) Learn the gentle art of self-defense
Whereas martial arts disciplines such as boxing and Muay Thai place great emphasis on high-impact offense and defense, BJJ training takes a more cerebral approach. It encourages practitioners to find the quickest most efficient solutions to conflicts that require very little brute physical force and places great focus on technique rather than pure strength.
It is called the ‘gentle art’ for a reason. BJJ empowers people with the knowledge of how to end physical conflicts quickly and effectively, whilst causing the least amount of damage to an opponent. It can defuse any situation intelligently.
This is perfect for street situations when the need for self-defense is crucial. Furthermore, BJJ allows a much smaller individual to triumph over larger adversaries, regardless of the difference in size and strength. Using intelligent grappling techniques, BJJ is perfect for anyone no matter the age, gender, or physical capacity.
2) Watch the fat melt away
On the surface, it may not seem that BJJ training will have much of an effect on a person’s physical fitness. But it is quite the opposite. An overall improvement in health is caused by extensive training in BJJ. Training in BJJ is known to lower cholesterol levels, increase endorphin production, normalize insulin and blood sugar levels, and improve the respiratory system. It can enhance an individual’s health on all fronts.
Unlike high-intensity disciplines such as boxing or Muay Thai for example, BJJ focuses on breathing techniques, flexibility, and core strength. As you engage the core muscles, utilizing both your arms and legs for leverage, BJJ training can help you burn fat and calories that in turn, help you lose the unwanted weight.
Many BJJ practitioners turn to the art for improved health and athleticism. You’ll be surprised at the profound effects it has on your physicality.
3) Embark on a lifelong journey
BJJ has a lasting positive impact on your health. It is more than just a sport, more than just a martial art, it is a lifestyle. When you first begin training in BJJ, you’ll instantly become hooked to the discipline. There are just so many things to learn that you can’t possibly cover it all.
Even those who have trained for years and have achieved what many in the sport only dream of are still learning each and every single day. Needless to say, training in BJJ is a constant lifelong learning journey.
It has many different benefits including that of the physical, mental and spiritual variety. Once you start training in BJJ, you’ll become enamored with trying to learn and master every technique. It will become a part of your everyday life. Soon, you’ll begin to reap its benefits and apply what you have learned to your life outside the gym.
4) Learn to embrace failure
One important lesson that BJJ training teaches is how to embrace failure. When first starting your BJJ training, you will fail and it will come often. You’ll find yourself being submitted by much smaller individuals. You’ll start to feel foolish.
But after some time, after countless failures, you begin to inch your way towards improvement. You start to learn, and you start not repeating the same mistakes over again.
When rolling on the mat, executing transitions, guard passes, and advanced submissions, we are constantly aware of each and every one of our limbs, as well as our opponent’s. After some time, you will start to notice the improvements and the fruits of your hard training and practice.
This is where things start to get good. By embracing failure and understanding the lessons it poses, we begin to understand that self-improvement means coming to terms with our weaknesses and doing our best to turn them into strengths.
So if you want to improve yourself as a person physically, mentally and spiritually, and if you want to learn how to defend yourself using the least amount of high-impact physical force, choose to study the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu this 2019. Book a trial class today!
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