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Are you tired of the same boring routine at the gym? Working out alone is a challenge these days let alone not a super enjoyable task to partake in. Want to get into the best shape of your life and have a blast while doing so? Look no further because we have you covered! Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that has been exploding in popularity all across the United States for the past 5 years! Jiu-jitsu is for everyone of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. In this article, we talk about some of the benefits of training this martial art!
Why everyone should choose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
We firmly believe that Brazilian jiu-jitsu for everyone. Anyone that is looking to change their lives for the better and wants to take their mental or physical well-being to the next level can benefit from taking on Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Brazilain jiu-jitsu teaches you self-defense, instills self-confidence in those that train, and teaches you a number of lessons along the way that will make you a master at the game called life. In a previous article, we touched more in-depth about the principles and benefits that Brazilian jiu-jitsu instills into its practitioners. It is more than just a fun hobby to pick up. It is a complete lifestyle shift if you allow it to be.
Some Things That Could Change When You Start Training BJJ
Increased Cardiovascular Health
Jiu Jitsu is excellent for those looking to get into the best shape of their life! Rolling around on the mats and getting a sweat in for one hour a day will drastically increase your cardiovascular health and physical strength! It is very common to start BJJ with bad cardio, but the more frequently you go the quicker you gain the endurance you need to stay competitive with your training partners!
You do not need to be in shape before you start doing jiu-jitsu, it will be a sport that will get you to that point! Many people that have started were not in the best shape but after starting, quickly found themselves there.
You Stressed? Well, Not Anymore
There is something about jiu-jitsu that is extremely relieving. It is a pretty aggressive sport and can be physically demanding at times, the constant stress it brings on your body oddly has the reverse effect on how we feel.
On the days that are not good or we are overwhelmed with challenges in our day-to-day life we make it a point to go to our gym and train. It has a night-and-day effect on my mood. Finding jiu-jitsu has been something that has helped our mental, physical, and emotional health. Several people use jiu-jitsu as their outlet from the outside world. In a world that offers so many negative things as outlets jiu-jitsu has been a positive outlet for many all around the world!
Increasing Competence, Increases Confidence
When you walk around knowing that you are trained in a martial art you feel extremely comfortable in your skin. It grounds you as a human. There has been nothing on the planet that has made us feel this way since we started our journey on the mats.
We live in a world that is on the brink of chaos. It feels less and less safe to walk around and just be a human these days. With a country that is continuing to find itself divided we need to be able to defend ourselves and those we love. When you train jiu-jitsu, if something bad were to break out you would be able to handle it. Jiu-jitsu is a martial art that gets you comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Almost all of the skills learned in jiu-jitsu can be applied to work or real-world situations.
Jiu Jitsu is something that takes real skill to get good at. When you learn a skill and get competent you gain confidence. Who doesn’t like feeling confident in their abilities? Jiu Jitsu will teach you how to acquire skills if you are young and will help you gain more as an adult.
We Are Convinced: Only Smart People Love BJJ
Intelligent people love Jiu-Jitsu. The people that get addicted to the sport are likely very smart. It takes a lot of brain power to know how to react and move your body in a way that applies good pressure and takes advantage of favorable positions.
The smartest people we know both on the internet and in our personal life train in Jiu-Jitsu. Some notable people who do (and the list continues to grow) are Joe Rogan Lex Fridman Mark Zuckerberg. These guys are just a small handful of highly intelligent individuals who chose jiu-jitsu as their form of exercise. Chances are extremely high that most people who decide to partake in this sport have high IQs.
If you are in sales, law, or finance we almost guarantee you will enjoy jiu-jitsu JUST based on knowing the types of individuals that have these types of careers.
The best thing about BJJ is the community that you find yourself with. There are so many people from so many different backgrounds that would not be in the same room if it was not for the martial art. You will have guys (and girls) in big law, sales, tech, and finance all training with people who do manual labor. It is incredible to see all these people who come from different walks of life all in the same room just trying to get a little bit better each day.
Is Jiu-Jitsu useful in a street fight? (Learn a Useful Skill)
It is better to go into a street fight knowing jiu-jitsu than it is to go into one without knowing jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu gives you great practice at fighting against a resisting opponent in a simulated match. You should know that jiu-jitsu is a ground-based martial art that gives you little to know practice with strikes, if you are worried about getting into a street fight then you should be doing some boxing on the side.
At the end of the day, knowing how to navigate the ground game and being comfortable in a combat situation is always going to be better for you compared to never having the training in the first place. It would be silly to think an untrained person could truly take on someone who is trained. Regardless of the martial art that you train, our money will always be on the person that is competent in some degree. We are not hear to argue what martial art is best, but learning BJJ is a useful skill if there is ever a situation when you need to use it in real life.
Is 40 too old for BJJ?
You can certainly start your Ju-Jitsu career in the 20’s, 30’s or 40’s. So no, 40 is not too old, matter of fact, our friend Alex Martinez started at the age of 40 and now he is a black belt that competes in tournaments worldwide.
What age is too late for BJJ?
It is not too soon for a person to begin their fitness journey. Jiu Jitsu too! Some of our students begin their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training at age 40. As long as you are disciplined, there’s nothing stopping you.
Is Jiu-Jitsu truly for everyone?
Yes, if people can train the martial art while being blind or elderly, we firmly believe that jiu-jitsu can be taken on by anyone that chooses to do so BUT that does not mean that everyone will stick around.
Brazilain jiu-jitsu calls you to be a better person and requires you to become a person with character. Perseverance, consistency, commitment, and focus is required of those that choose to climb the ranks. if you want to get the most out of BJJ discipline is something you will have to cultivate.
What age is too late for BJJ?
In our opinion, there is no age limit for people who want to try out Brazilia jiu-jitsu. It is another form of fitness training, so if your body can handle it then there is definitely room for you on the mats.
We know grandmas (she’s 74 years old) and grandpas that take on jiu-jitsu at much later years of their lives and do their best to keep up with those around them. Your progress in the martial art may be a little different than those around you but your instructors will notice the hard work you put in and reward you for being a part of the team.
It should be noted that there are a small number of students that end up training later on in life but if you are relatively healthy even at the age of 60, you can find the ability to roll around!
Gyms Near You
Over the last decade, the number of gyms across the united states has grown exponentially (thank you Joe Rogan and the UFC).
All you have to do these days is Google and call your local gym to get started. In our case, we found our gym through an Instagram Advertisement!! When you call be sure to see if they offer some free classes before you commit, the gym is clean, and the gym is beginner friendly. You do not want to go to a hyper-competitive gym where killers are training if you are a beginner you may get crushed.
If you are looking to get into the best shape of your life, alleviate stress in your life, and partake in a physical activity that stimulates your brain, Jiu-jitsu is for you! You should not sign up if you hate having fun, don’t want to dedicate yourself to learning a skill, love to make excuses, or don’t get along with other people. Many of the lessons you will learn on the mats will translate directly into your daily life and help you change positively.