As the end of the year approaches many people begin pondering New Years resolutions, and the changes they’d like to make. Somewhere near the top of every list is “get in shape/lose weight”. Year in and year out people resort to the same traditional gyms and the same workouts to reach that goal…and year in and year out they lose interest and quit. Why not try something different: a non-traditional workout that’s just as fun as it is practical. Below are THREE reasons you should choose starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for this year’s resolution.
Get in Shape– The basis of Jiu-Jitsu is movement, and to execute those moves properly requires a certain level of physical fitness. Which means that pushups, situps, and light jogging are on the menu for the new practitioner. But fear not , just at BJJ is for everyone-the workouts can be catered to anyone. The key is continuous effort, not perfection. Many people actually begin to revel in the new challenge as the difference in their physique quickly reflects all of the hard work. With its emphasis on plyometrics and calisthenics JiuJitsu is a fantastic way to get a workout, while keeping you engaged in new and entertaining ways.
Learn Self-Defense– Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was originally developed with self-defense in mind. One of the founders of the art, Helio Gracie said “Jiu-Jitsu represents the triumph of human intelligence over brute strength.” No longer would people need to turn to martial arts with a ‘one size fits all mentality’ regarding protecting yourself. Because the movements in Jiu-Jitsu rely on neither size nor strength, the moves are usable by everyone. Headlock escapes, sucker punch defenses, choke escapes, judo throws…and that’s just in the beginner classes! A full-body workout that’s fun, and helps you keep you and your loved ones safe? What’s not to love?
Break out of your comfort zone– Trying something new can often be a scary experience, but the benefits you gain by forging thru are worth it. Jiu-Jitsu is no different. Trying new movements, in a new environment, with people you don’t know can be daunting. But fear not, one of the beautiful parts of Jiu-Jitsu is that literally every single person has been in that position before. The initial uncertainty (and sometimes fear) fades as you realize that nobody is judging you in the least. On the contrary, they want to help you! Because everyone had to experience that uncertain first day, they remember the feeling and try to alleviate it for the new people. People from all walks of life; athletes, lawyers, doctors, students, teachers, police officers, musicians etc. are excited to meet you and to help you along your journey.
By: Kenneth Page