Level Up with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
August 7, 2019
We truly believe that BJJ is the ultimate pursuit to level up all aspects of your life. Here are 6 reasons to start BJJ today followed by a short video of Joe Rogan and Jocko Willink discussing the benefits of BJJ.
First a video which explains what BJJ is, if you are ever near Farnborough drop in for a session!
1) It’s a vigorous physical workout
There are many different types of workouts that one can do. There’s the typical gym workout where you do exercises with free weights or machines. There are also various sports like running or swimming. And then there’s BJJ. BJJ is different because it’s an all-around body workout.
Warmups usually begin with a brutal routine that rivals anything you might do as a separate exercise. After the warm up, you usually learn a new choke or arm lock and variations while drilling, Then, it’s free sparring, where after a couple of rounds you’re so tired that you can’t even move an inch. BJJ really is a full body workout. It is HARD.
2) It’s a martial art
To quote Tyler Durden from fight club: “How much do you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?” While we’re not advocating going out and fighting random people in the street, fighting other people in a controlled environment really is an eye opening and life affirming experience.
Not only is BJJ a physical activity, but it’s a non-impact martial art. Unlike kickboxing, there are no punches or kicks in BJJ; one uses locks and chokes to subdue the opponent. This makes it very sneaky and lethal. It also makes it safer because you’re not risking being knocked out every training session.
Fighting another opponent gives great mental and physical boost. Even when you “lose” you are so focused in that moment that nothing else matters.
3) Learn self-defense
There are many reasons to train BJJ, some train specifically for the sport aspect. Some don’t care much about competing professionally, so the actual fighting aspect of it isn’t really important, and some people train specifically for self defence/competition.
Anyone that trains BJJ will definitely have an advantage in a fight, especially if it goes to the ground (which must fights do).
4) It develops your mind as much as your body
BJJ has been called by many professionals as a physical chess match. Every move has a counter move. Every counter move has a counter counter move. In the beginning you’re simply learning to correctly execute each move, but as you advance into higher levels, you’re not only executing the current move but you already planning two or even three moves ahead. So, if your opponent makes a move, you already have a counter move that you can trap the opponent. For a guy who loves mental stimulation, that’s actually one of my favorite aspects of BJJ.
BJJ’s mental stimulation is what always keeps us coming back to the mat. The potential is limitless.
5) It forces you to become comfortable with rejection
Don’t even bother training BJJ if you have a huge ego. Because two things will happen: you will quit very quickly out of frustration or you’ll get seriously injured.
What makes BJJ so bruising to your ego is that you simply don’t know how a particular sparring session will turn out. The more experienced you become, the more you expect to beat someone who just started recently. Then there’s size; if you’re a bigger guy, you would never accept being utterly demolished by a smaller guy. But what you think will happen usually bears little on what’s really going to happen.
This helps you understand and conquer many other aspects of life from business to picking up women, and everything in between.
As we say in BJJ, leave your ego at the door and you’ll be fine.
6) It forces you to be social
Training BJJ gives you a chance to interact with completely different people who may come from different backgrounds and experiences. Everyone is usually super friendly, so you have no excuse to be social and get to know others. The team moral and friendships formed on the Mats are for life.