9 Reasons you should be training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has managed to turn into one of the fastest growing forms of martial arts in the world. Wanted to train for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but were on the fence about it? No need to fret. We have compiled a list of 9 great reasons for why you should train in this agility-based martial art.

A man wearing a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu uniform

#1: There Are No Prerequisites for Body Types

Those who have been following mixed martial arts (MMA) would be remiss to not mention Royce Gracie’s name among the best in the sport. He was able to make an impactful UFC debut by showcasing his amazing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills. When his debut was set up by the Gracie family.

At the time of his debut, Royce Gracie had a skinny frame and didn’t initially display any signs of aggregation or strength – which is probably why he was chosen. When he was set against opponents that were almost twice or even thrice his size, the world got a glimpse of what power he possessed.

Equipped with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills, Royce was able to shock the world by bagging submissions against opponents who were world class competitors in their fighting style and larger than him. By doing so, Gracie had initiated the massive popularity of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

#2: Strength Is a Secondary Thought

If you choose to train for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you will find that it is a truly unique system for self-defense. It is unlike most styles of martial arts because of the fact that it doesn’t focus on attacking, strength, or aggression.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses all of its training on the principles of leverage and technique. Once you have mastered both of these principles, strength will become a secondary element. When the Gracie Family developed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, they did so with the intention of defending themselves against any form of aggression on the street.

Since its advent, BJJ teachings have been imparted to students from around the world with different body types, physical strengths, and ages! One of my main motivator was an aunt who earned her blue belt at Lloyd Irvin's academy at age of 50.


#3: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Is an Excellent Workout

Some people also tend to train for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because they have become tired of hitting the same weights and exercises at the gym. Most people have also stopped getting any results after a certain period.

When they switch over to train for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, their whole body became engaged in the exercises; they were able to activate muscles in a way they never knew before. Just after the first few sparring and exercise sessions, you will find results that are much more fulfilling that just living lifting heavy just to lift heavy.

#4: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Teaches Self-Control

When you first begin to train for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you learn and progress through techniques that help you adopt some form of self-control. What we mean by this is that you will be able to control your own breathing, thoughts, emotions, ego, and even your muscle tension.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu requires its learners to really think while setting up plans, adhering to them and also setting traps for your opponents. In order to go through with your fight plan, you should have quite a lot of self-control. This is exactly what you will be mastering during your lifestyle and training.

#5: You Will Have a Healthier Lifestyle

Among the many phrases you will come across in your training will be ‘the BJJ lifestyle.’ Some people associate this to something like surfer culture or gamer culture. The BJJ lifestyle is, however, more than that.

When you train for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you quickly adopt a healthy, ego-free lifestyle. You will do so because this challenging form of martial art requires its learners to adopt such a lifestyle. Once you begin changing your habits for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, your lifestyle habits will also have change. Ossss!

#6: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Also Teaches You Life Lessons

When you train for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you will spend a lot of time on the mat – but this doesn’t mean that they can’t be applied anywhere else in life. If you closely look at the situations on the mat with a broader perspective, you will find that they are solutions for real-life instances.

Whether it is general difficulty in life, a fight during sports, or a fight on the streets, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will equip you with the ability to reverse engineer and break-down some techniques for your benefit. Other than this, you will learn how to reverse engineer conflicts that arise from relationships, family, friends, and even the business environment.

This goes to show that this martial art involves both brains and brawns. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches one how to think differently; this is why some have called it ‘Human Chess’.

#7: BJJ Will Help You Master Mental Fortitude

In order to climb through the ranks of BJJ, you need to embrace the difficulty that this martial art offers. BJJ isn’t an easy form of martial arts that allows you to fly through the ranks. It requires a lot more

mental strength from the student while mixing forms of physical ability and technique. By mastering all of these, you will be able to execute some techniques that will require mental resilience.

#8: BJJ Also Helps You Make Friends

This is probably going to be the case with most of the hobbies and activities you are involved in but we need to put stress on one thing. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a form of martial arts that will be practiced in the same manner all over the world. Due to this fact, it wouldn’t really matter whether you mastered the art in Brazil, California, the UK or New York.

That said, with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you will have your own friendship platform when you travel the world! Usually people who train love meeting other people who train and sharing stories, as well as inviting you to train with them.

#9: It Can Be Completely Pain-Free**

In your journey to train for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you will discover how the combat sport gives you the ability to control someone physically. This means that you can put a submission hold on an opponent and then force them to tap out without actually having to hurt them. Isn’t that great? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be a pain-free martial art.

**This doesn't apply to those who take pride in not tapping when caught in a submission. Doesn't really matter if you are defending yourselves in the street, but you always want to use the minimum force possible. Why cause more damage than necessary?

John Porter

John is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt and founder of Livermore Supply Co. When not training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, John enjoys learning languages, traveling to the warm parts of the world, and photography. Outside of Livermore Supply Co., John has a career in the technology field.

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