Jiu-Jitsu also called Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is more than a sport, more than a martial art. It’s ultimately a way of life.
This key concept originated in Japan but was popularized by a Brazilian, Carlos Gracie. Thus, the game is also called Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (GJJ). In Brazil, they called Judo as Jiu-Jitsu, that’s how the new name also gained popularity.
Other amazing facts about Gracie are – his invention of the Gracie diet, his open challenge system where players would challenge for a fight.
A crucial factor of BJJ is- it fits in for all ages and the concept of forming this martial art was to help a weaker person defend himself.
[pullquote]Gracie was widely popular because of his weight; he weighed only 61 kg but took over any person irrespective of his size, age, weight or fighting style.[/pullquote]
Jiu-Jitsu differs from other martial arts because of its ground fighting. Its rules contrast with Olympic judo’s greater emphasis on throws.
The ground phase includes the forms: full mount, side control, guards and joint locks.
The key aspect is self-defence. The Gracie form will have a single athlete surrounded by other training mates. This will help the defending athlete to tackle the surprise element. They stress using full power and speed while attacking.
This one martial art will help you increase your muscle tone and reduce your body fat. Since it involves an intense abdominal workout, it will improve your core strength. Additionally, it increases your balance, body coordination, cardiovascular endurance and muscular power.
Here, you learn how to move the weight of your opponent. You are taught the ways to escape your opponent using your hips. Basically, you learn every aspect of becoming a better sportsperson.
[pullquote]One of the hidden benefits is that you learn to win over a person who is herculean than you.[/pullquote]
BJJ inscribes all 4 parameters of fitness for a sportsperson – aerobics, flexibility, muscular tolerance and muscular strength. As a sportsperson, you will be able to roll for 2-8 minutes.
This martial art focuses on your aerobic energy system which is necessary to improve your stamina and recovery after your sports training session. The flexibility of Jiu-Jitsu reduces your chances of sports injury.
[pullquote]It is also apt for women who want to get in shape, learn self – defence and build up confidence.[/pullquote]
First, this sport will help you work out on your mental activity since this will be a new learning process. The beautiful aspect of Jiu Jitsu is patience. If you’re an impatient, frustrated athlete, BJJ isn’t your cup of tea. Timing and rhythm go hand-in-hand.
To throw the right move at the right time will build self –discipline and reduce anxiety as well. It’s always fun to learn the Brazilian form. It’s also proven to increase your lifespan.
Besides, being skilful improves your self-confidence and you feel better about yourself when you meet a tougher and stronger opponent at your game.
Another lighter aspect is – this sports instinct a sense of humility in the initial stages. And this humbleness will remain in the later stages towards your weaker counterparts.
You may start Jiu Jitsu with a pair of shorts, a t-shirt and a mouthpiece. É o jeitinho brasileiro! (It’s the Brazilian way!)