7 Reasons Why Everyone Should Train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

With crime on the rise, we should all be extra careful – and of course, not take safety for granted – even when we’re in the safest countries.

Imagine being caught in a dangerous situation where you have to protect yourself or your loved ones. Would you honestly be able to keep them out of harm’s way? If your answer is no, then maybe it’s time for you to pick up some essential self-defense skills. (Psst! It’s never too late to start!)

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ, is designed to enable a smaller, weaker person to overcome a bigger, stronger opponent. Since size doesn’t matter, we believe that BJJ is for everyone!

Today, Evolve Daily shares 7 Reasons Why Everyone Should Train BJJ:

1) Because it helps you get in shape

Grappling is an intense physical activity that burns lots of calories.

Grappling is an intense physical activity that burns lots of calories.

BJJ will build up your cardio endurance, as it involves both your aerobic and anaerobic systems. What’s more, it sculpts your body because you’ll engage different muscle groups when you’re grappling.

As you progress in your BJJ journey, you’ll get into your greatest shape, inside and out!

 

2) Because it teaches you persistence

BJJ is a fun, exciting full body workout.

BJJ is a fun, exciting full body workout.

With so many different techniques to learn and master, BJJ will develop true grit. Amidst the countless hours of drilling and perfecting those techniques, you’ll sometimes find yourself frustrated and maybe even on the verge of giving up. But that’s okay, because how you react is what counts; and chances are, you’d be mentally strong enough to press on and work towards your goals.

 

3) Because it takes you out of your comfort zone

In BJJ, technique always beats strength.

In BJJ, technique always beats strength.

Let’s face it. No one enjoys being taken down and submitted, or having to spar with someone much bigger. But when you constantly face your fears and get forced out of your comfort zone, you’ll learn to be brave, and grow.

When you become bolder, you’ll learn to take risks on and off the mats – which might lead to great things!

 

4) Because it sharpens your ability to defend yourself

Keep your kids active by letting them train BJJ.

Keep your kids active by letting them train BJJ.

It has been statistically proven that most fights end up on the ground, which is why BJJ is extremely useful – because it focuses on grappling, and on-ground fighting.

As you master various techniques and progress as a martial artist, you’ll understand why BJJ is one of the most revolutionary and potent martial arts in the world.

 

5) Because it builds your confidence

It takes a great amount of dedication and hard work to earn your BJJ black belt.

It takes a great amount of dedication and hard work to earn your BJJ black belt.

When you learn to properly defend yourself, or even submit someone who’s bigger and stronger, you’ll be more confident in your ability to defend yourself.

What’s more, you’ll learn to believe in yourself once you realize that you’re capable of turning your weaknesses into strengths. This unshakeable self-belief would then lead you to more positive outcomes in life.

 

6) Because it teaches you to stay humble

BJJ enables a smaller person to overcome a stronger, bigger opponent.

BJJ enables a smaller person to overcome a stronger, bigger opponent.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re of a higher rank, stronger, fitter, or bigger than your opponent. If he or she has a better grasp of the technique, you’ll probably get submitted. In such situations, you’ll understand the importance of keeping your ego in check.

By remaining humble, you’ll understand and accept the fact that there’s always someone out there better than you. And that’s okay, because you’ll make it a point to constantly improve and work towards being the best martial artist you can be.

 

7) Because it brings you an awesome circle of friends

There's never a dull moment in BJJ, with the many different techniques to learn.

There’s never a dull moment in BJJ, with the many different techniques to learn.

The bond that you share with your BJJ friends is a special, unbreakable one. Besides rolling with you in class, they’ll also be there to spur you on during your toughest days and celebrate your victories with you.

Are you now convinced that you should pick up BJJ? Embark on your martial arts journey and unleash your inner warrior!

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