Why should you start Brazilian jiu-jitsu?
The reasons why you should start training Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) can be completely different from why I or somebody else would want to train it. I have listed several reasons, why you should start training BJJ if you are still not sure.
Let’s get started!
1. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a great exercise
BJJ is a sport. By doing sports your heart rate goes up and your overall condition gets better. I imagine it is not new information for you that working out and exercising is good for you but let me tell you once more.
It is much easier to stick to working out when it’s fun. When you can see your progress via newly learned techniques and belt colors eventually. For people who don’t really like running or playing badminton, BJJ offers a great alternative to more “common” sports.
It is a great way to train your whole body, do cardio at the same time, and also learn new things. More about BJJ as a workout in this post.
2. You can compete in Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments
Brazilian jiu-jitsu also offers the opportunity to compete with others. This is possible in some martial arts, but not all of them. In my eyes, competing is another good thing to have in martial art.
By competing, you can set clear goals and see your progression. There are no belt limits to competing. You can start competing as a white belt after learning the basics, or you can wait until you advance and learn more.
It’s really up to personal preference, but I think it is good to know, that if you decide to learn BJJ, you can also compete in tournaments.
3. Brazilian jiu-jitsu comes with mental benefits as well
Next up comes the mental benefits of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I have talked about this before, but when training and especially sparring with others, you can not really think about anything else or you will get tapped out.
There is no room to think about work or other stressful things. BJJ offers a way out of reality for that tiny moment that you are sparring. At least it did for me. Time flies when you don’t have time to think about everyday things, but are “fighting for your life”, well, maybe not for life, but for not being tapped out.
Every time I leave the BJJ gym, my mind feels so clear. No stress, no rush, it is an amazing feeling. If you have thought about starting BJJ, but it stresses you out to start something new and meet new people, go give it a shot.
I felt the same at the beginning, but even after the first lesson, my mind was so clear of any stress.
4. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is one option for self-defense
Training Brazilian jiu-jitsu for self-defense purposes is one option as well. It is unfortunate that we might face situations in our lives when we feel physically threatened. In situations like that, running is always not an option. If it is, I would highly suggest that.
However, in times when you cannot run, I would say it is much better to know BJJ or any other martial art in order to minimize the damage to you.
Even if you never plan on getting into fights, there could come situations like that. It is truly unfortunate. That is why if the situation comes, you can be more confident that you will, at least walk out of the situation alive.
5. Brazilian jiu-jitsu can improve your confidence
I am not saying after going to a few BJJ lessons, you should challenge everyone at your local bar. I would not encourage anyone to fight outside the gyms and tournaments, but at least for me, knowing that I could potentially survive a fight, gave me a lot of confidence in every situation.
Even in more common situations, BJJ gave me more confidence. It changed my mentality somehow, knowing that I could defend myself if it was unavoidable.
6. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is fun and cool
We have probably all watched some martial arts movie or some UFC fight and thought, that looks cool. I wish I could do all that. Good news, you can learn to do that.
If you wish to learn BJJ and are committed enough, there should be nothing between you and learning that. BJJ, at least in my gym, is a very affordable activity. The annual fees are very low and should not bankrupt you.
Learning BJJ is also a lot of fun. It is a social activity with a lot of action. There are not too many boring minutes in BJJ training sessions.
7. You can make new friends training Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Lastly, you can make new, like-minded friends training BJJ. There are people with at least one common interest (BJJ) who come together to train.
Even if this was not your main goal when starting BJJ, it can be a very nice byproduct of training it. Contacts and friends are always a good thing to have. And if you think, well, I don’t need any new friends, you don’t have to become lovers. Just knowing them can be a good way to broaden your network.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu has become very popular in the past decade or so. That means there are a lot of people training it, so chances are, you can find like-minded people when training in BJJ. Here is a post about why BJJ is so popular.
So, should you start Brazilian jiu-jitsu? In my opinion, absolutely! There might be some obstacles such as financial, distance or just overall the training times are not suitable for you. If this is the case, look for alternative opportunities.
Maybe other BJJ gyms, private lessons, if your financial situation can handle that, or just collect a group of friends and start watching YouTube videos and testing the techniques.
I would recommend at least starting at a gym where you can learn the basics from more experienced people, but it is always not possible.
I also have beginner tips for new BJJ practitioners I wish I had known when I started, you can read them here.
Other Brazilian jiu-jitsu-related posts can be found here.
Hopefully, you found your reason to start training BJJ. Have a nice day!
What is Brazilian jiu-jitsu?
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting. This means it focuses on taking the fight to the ground and finishing the fight with joint locks or chokeholds. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was developed around 1920’s, and was modified from judo. Nowadays, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an essential martial art for MMA.