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What Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

In a nutshell, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (commonly referred to as BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that will force him/her to submit. Since this control is typically easier on the ground than in a standing position, most of BJJ is centered around the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions to where your opponent can be rendered harmless.

So why should you take up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? We’re glad you asked!

Jiu-Jitsu Is The Most “Real-Life” Fighting Systems

Time and time again, studies have shown that nearly all fights (street fights) end up on the ground. How often? Nearly 95% of the time! Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches you unique and valuable techniques that focus on taking your opponent down to the ground and keeping them there.

This enables you to attack or get into a more dominant position in order to make your opponent submit and become harmless.

While you may never get into a “street fight”, if the day comes, you will have the upper hand at all times in a real-life self-defense situation.

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Jiu-Jitsu Is For Everyone

We can’t begin to stress this enough! Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for ANYONE! Men, women, as young as for or as old 80, whether you are 3 feet tall or 7 feet, you weigh 30 lbs or 300. Jui-Jitsu is simply for everyone.

This is because Jiu-Jitsu is an art that is designed to level the playing field. It is much more about technique than it is with strength or size. This is what allows smaller, weaker practitioners to subdue much larger and stronger opponents. Virtually anyone of any size, age or sex can practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

Jiu-Jitsu Sharpens Your Mind And Makes You Focus On What’s At Hand

Time and time again, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is referred to as “a game of human chess”. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you utilize strategies you have learned and techniques you have practiced in order to beat your opponent, all the while your opponent is utilizing their techniques to subdue you.

This means that new problems continue to pop up in which you need to problem solve in order to overcome. Every encounter, whether in training or competition, will teach you to become a more efficient and skilled problem solver. These problem-solving skills will carry over into the real world in day to day tasks!

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Jiu-Jitsu Builds Character

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is no different from life; some days you will feel on top of the world, other days you will be questioning yourself and why you even decided to come to class. BJJ, just as life, will expose you to a roller coaster of emotions that will not just make you physically stronger, but mentally and emotionally as well.

You will have to be ready to accept defeat, learn from it, and overcome it. Just as in life, our low points don’t define us, but how we rise from them. Without a doubt, Jiu-Jitsu builds character.

Lifelong Friends

One of the most overseen benefits and results of practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the lifelong friends you will make. We are from all walks of life; we may have different careers, backgrounds, beliefs, hobbies, etc. But here we are one family. We help one another, push one another to be better and accomplish more.

These friendships go far beyond class and out into the world. Here you will make friends that you can rely on, call upon when in need, find yourselves invited to family events, and more.

You will find that no one single person is trying to be better than the other; instead, we grow as a family!