What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Have you ever wondered how to effectively defend yourself without breaking your knuckles and busting your face?

The answer is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is a martial art designed to use leverage against bigger and stronger opponents. Not only does it equalize the playing field but also gives you an edge from the ground up. There is a common misconception that being on the ground is equivalent to losing, since it is seen as a weak position in other martial arts. The truth however is that 99% of the population does not know how to react or move once they are on the ground, lying on their backs.

This is where Brazilian Jiu-jitsu teaches you to make the ground your biggest asset. It teaches you to understand and move in line with the natural movements of the human anatomy. Along the way you gain better control of yourself and may surprise yourself what your body is actually capable of. Another big factor is that you don’t have to be fit to start Jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu helps you lose weight and become a better version of you in numerous ways. Jiu-jitsu training is mainly core based and requires all the conditioning to go through a regular sparring session. And this is what sets Jiu Jitsu apart from other martial arts, all techniques you learn are applied against a fully resisting opponent, this helps you in learning the effectiveness of the techniques acquired.

During a regular 30min sparring session, with medium intensity you can burn anywhere between 600 to 900 calories. Another way Jiu-jitsu improves you is by making you humble. Jiu-jitsu is an ego breaker, and helps one to remain centered and calm. Once you have someone choking you, one quickly realises the importance of a single breath and at that moment nothing else matters. It is where Jiu-jitsu builds character, by simply accepting defeat by tapping and getting on with it.

So if you want to learn the ways of the gentle art, want to get fit and be a better you, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is the sport for you.

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