The rise of MMA has been closely shadowed by Brazilian jiu-jitsu. While they are definitely not the same thing – BJJ doesn’t involve striking for one thing – every MMA fighter knows some amount of the famous Brazilian sport. If you’ve been thinking about trying it out for yourself, the following benefits may help you make up your mind.
It Works for People of All Sizes
Helio Gracie wasn’t a big man. Royce Gracie made the sport famous when he won the first ever UFC despite lacking the size, muscle and power of many of his opponents.
Although those three things are always nice to have, countless BJJ champions have been short and light. Women all over the world have become black belts and can walk through men twice their size.
BJJ Is Tremendous for Self-Defense
BJJ was developed by a man named Hélio Gracie back in the 30s in Brazil. He is famous for, amongst other things, openly challenging anyone from any background to fight him with no rules. Over the years, Gracie refined the sport based on these street fights until he created one of the best unarmed forms of self-defense ever conceived.
While you should always do everything in your power to avoid actual fights, BJJ will give you a much better chance of emerging alive. For one thing, you don’t need to strike, so there’s far less a chance that you’ll break your hand and end up with a serious disadvantage. You can also debilitate your opponent without doing critical damage that could put you in trouble with the law.
The list goes on and on, but sufficed to say, should you ever find yourself needing to employ self-defense tactics, BJJ is excellent
A Full-Body Workout
Full-body workouts are becoming more and more popular with a lot of people opting for Crossfit memberships than going to traditional gyms. BJJ is the ultimate full-body exercise. Even people who are in amazing shape leave their first practice feeling muscles they never knew they had.
The conditioning required for the sport is like nothing most have ever experienced. Even if you’re an accomplished marathoner, you’ll find that the unique blend of muscular and cardio work you need to do demands something different from your lungs.
BJJ is also a phenomenal answer to the sedentary lives most of us lead. If you sit at a desk all day and feel it in your back and core later on, getting out on the mat and letting your spine move around will most likely help.
It Builds Self-Confidence
One thing that almost everyone says about BJJ is that it helped build their self-confidence. This just isn’t something you get from other sports in the same way. Sure, if you exercise regularly for a year and drop 40 pounds, you’re going to feel a lot better about how you look.
However, knowing you posses the self-defense skills we mentioned earlier and actually proving it in the gym by submitting another person is just a completely different feeling. It’s a great way of building up self-esteem in young people too, especially in children who may get picked on or bullied. We’re not suggesting they should use BJJ to fight back, but it will help them stand a little taller.
The long list of BJJ benefits goes on and on. There’s also the communal aspect, the drive of competition and just how much plain fun it is amongst many others. If you’ve been interested in it for a while, make time to experience these benefits firsthand by signing up for your first lesson today. You won’t regret it.