Six Reasons to Start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Dorchester Martial Arts
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art that shot to fame when Royce Gracie won the first UFC competition in 1993 by beating larger and stronger opponents. Royce took them to the ground and used BJJ to submit them with arm locks and chokes.
BJJ practitioners wear a GI similar to a Judo Gi and specialise in takedowns and submissions on the floor. BJJ allows chokes, strangles, armlocks and leg locks and relies heavily on the use of strategy to beat opponents earning it the nickname of physical chess.
Below are eight reasons I feel anyone looking to start a martial art should take up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
1) Great for fitness.
BJJ is a fantastic method for losing weight and improving your cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance. Classes are very physical and involve fitness training, drilling of techniques and rolling (sparring) with a partner.
2) Variety of techniques
Most combat sports are restricted by the rules of that martial art, for instance you can’t use leg locks in Judo or chokes in Sambo etc. Jiu Jitsu offers the broadest range of submissions in all grappling arts and isn’t as restrictive as Judo for takedowns.
This broader rule set gives it greater carry over to mixed martial arts and self defence.
3) Self Defence
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a fantastic form of self defence as it allows you to control an opponent via holds and submissions and only injury them if necessary. BJJ evolved from Judo which evolved from Japanese Jiu Jitsu which was the samurai art of unarmed combat.
As a large part of BJJ training involves fighting from your back and escaping holds on the floor, it makes it very effective for women’s self defence training.
4) Constantly evolving
As well as being an excellent form of self defence, BJJ is also an extremely popular sport, with competitions being held up and down the country on most weekends. Unlike traditional martial arts, sport based martial arts constantly evolve as high level competitors come up with new positions, set ups and submissions.
This means you’ll never reach an end point with BJJ, the longer you keep training, the more you will be able to learn.
5) Longevity of training
BJJ is one of the safest martial arts to practice as it utilises a “tap out” to signal a defeat during training or competition. If your point in a choke or joint lock and are unable to escape then you simply tap your opponent and he will release the submission. This ensures your body takes far less punishment then arts like Boxing or Muay Thai.
Rolling during classes often starts from set positions on the ground to isolate certain positions, this removes the constant heavy throws seen in Sambo or Judo and leads to a lower rate of injury.
In my opinion, this is the biggest reason to start training in Jiu Jitsu, it will change your life for the better!
Starting from any ability or fitness level you will feel healthier and more confident, you can build friendships through training that you won’t get anywhere else. You’ll slowly start to eat better to improve your performance on the mat and 90% of your t shirts will be BJJ related!
It becomes more than a sport or even a martial art, it becomes a lifestyle that you share with thousands of people across the globe.
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