Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Right For You?


Brazilian jiu jitsu training is something that more and more people are getting into. This martial art exploded onto the scene and became hugely popular, especially with the success its practitioners received in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. As a result, there have been many people that are new to the martial arts who are now training at jiu-jitsu academies. While different teachers will have different teaching styles, there are some basic similarities to how a class should be structured.

Brazilian jiu jitsu training, in the same way as other martial arts and most forms of ordered physical activities, will almost always begin with some type of a warm-up. If you are new to jiu jitsu, then the teacher will likely focus on a less difficult warm-up session. A lighter session will normally involve some straightforward exercises such as push-ups and sit-ups, and maybe laps around the gymnasium. Stretching also occurs after your body has warmed up a bit. A heavier warm-up would be lengthier and really designed to break a sweat and help you with training for endurance.

Subsequent to the warm-up, the next part of Brazilian jiu jitsu training normally focuses on techniques. Certain moves will be selected by the instructor and broken apart so that students can perfect each stage. Mistakes are ironed out at this point, and the trainer will attempt to spend time with each student to make certain things are being done correctly. More experienced students are frequently paired with novice ones, so that the former can assist the latter. This is especially important in bigger classes where the teacher is unable to offer everyone individual training at the same time.

After the warm-up and the practice part of Brazilian jiu jitsu training comes the hands-on fighting. When you have a partner working with you, techniques are easier to execute and fighters can become complacent and over confident. By including a sparring session at the end of a lesson, students will need to apply their newly learned techniques against an opponent who will not know what their next move will be, and who will not be so willing to let them win.

So if you are prepared to sweat a lot and devote a significant amount of time to working hard during your Brazilian jiu jitsu training sessions, and to spend time practicing and staying in shape outside of your lessons, then you are more likely to get a better result. You will feel stronger physically and you will also find that your mental outlook on things is likely to change as well. Brazilian jiu jitsu is not just a sport – it’s a way of life.

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