One of the best ways to start the year right is by putting your New Year’s resolutions into action. If getting in shape is part of your list, why not try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)? Not only is it a great workout, it also teaches you self-defense, among many other awesome things. If you’re ready to take your fitness journey to the next level, here’s 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Now In 2017:
1) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everybody
You don’t have to be physically fit or under 50 to start training BJJ. Virtually anybody, regardless of age, gender or fitness level can start training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Because it’s designed to empower the smaller, weaker individual, you’ll discover that the techniques you learn will work against someone much stronger and heavier – it’s amazing!
2) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will put you in the best shape of your life
If lifting weights and doing cardio in a gym isn’t for you, perhaps you should consider Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Without even realizing it, you’ll work every single muscle in your body from the warm-ups to drills to sparring. Unlike other martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu requires resistance – you’re constantly pushing or pulling your training partner as you practice techniques over and over again!
3) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an art you can practice for the rest of your life
As we mentioned in #1, anyone can start training BJJ and keep on training as long as they like. Also known as “the gentle art”, BJJ is a lifestyle that one could continue to enjoy well into the later years of his/her life. Helio Gracie, one of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s forefathers practiced jiu-jitsu until his death at 95 years of age. In fact, the IBJJF, or the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, established a tournament for BJJ practitioners over the age of 30.
4) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will make you a better person
There’s a reason why only a very small percentage of BJJ practitioners will get their black belt – not everyone has the perseverance to keep on training for 10 years to receive it. But the more you train BJJ, the more you understand the value of resilience. Although there’s instant gratification from performing a technique properly in sparring, it will take many, many tries before getting a technique right. This will teach you how to follow through, an equally useful quality off the mats.
5) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will challenge you
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also known as the game of human chess. It will teach you how to harness both your physical and mental strength and apply it in sparring. You will learn countless techniques, and over your years of training, you’ll see them evolve right before your very eyes. You will spar many different training partners and become exposed to many different styles of Jiu-Jitsu, teaching you the importance of being well rounded. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself analyzing your every move, both on and off the mats.
So what are you waiting for? Take the challenge of your life and start your BJJ journey this year!