Invariably when I meet new people or the subject of Jiu-Jitsu comes up in conversation, I am asked? Why do you do Jiu-Jitsu?
There are dozens of ways to answer this question, but I’ll limit it to a few reasons that I train in BJJ, and reasons that I often encourage others to begin training.
1. Physical Benefits: for starters, the physical benefits of BJJ are incredible. Getting into a good routine with a sport that has a healthy mix of aerobic and anaerobic exercise, which BJJ provides, will increase your stamina, help you tone up your body and/or lose weight, increases your mobility and flexibility.
As with anything else, when you put in the work, you will see the results! No question about it.
2. Mental Health: it’s not uncommon for students to tell me that their mental health has changed dramatically since they‘ve been training in BJJ with me. Reports is less stress and anxiety, a better sense of well being, and more confidence, to name a few.
To go a little deeper, the by-product of the aforementioned benefits have led in many cases where:
*People have stopped drinking who have historically had issues with alcohol
*Some have “mellowed” over time and handle stress and anxiety much better
*Others have a much higher level of confidence and well being
*Many have said that our “team” has given them a home away from home, and a sense of family, and belonging.
3. Jiu-Jitsu is arguably the best single martial art for self-defense. I say this for several reasons:
*Jiu-Jitsu does not require strength, athleticism, size, coordination or specific physical attributes for one to become proficient
*If you practice and utilize the ‘magic’ of leverage, timing, technique with consistency…YOU WILL BECOME PROFICIENT IN BJJ
4. BJJ is fun, when you have good, safety conscious training partners. Look at it this way; how can it not be fun when you are getting in shape, controlling your mind and your emotions, while learning how to protect yourself by choking and joint locking your very best friends?! Hah, to me that’s been a ‘no brainer’!
Do yourself and your family a favor. Find a credible place to learn BJJ, leave your EGO at the door, and begin to experience something that will change your life in a very positive way….forever.
Often folks will bring their significant other and their kids, and they make it a family affair.
In closing, I have a question for you: with all of the benefits that we’ve reviewed…Why are you NOT training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Professor Larry Shealy