Updated: Sep 7, 2021
1. It's great exercise!
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is great exercise because it's a full body workout. It requires all of your muscles, especially your core, to perform the techniques. Furthermore, during classes there is sparring, or rolling, which last 5 min and can have varied intensity. This is what makes BJJ special, the chance to test you techniques under pressure to see if they really work.
2. You’ll always be challenged
There’s alot to learn in BJJ, starting with basic positions, sweeps, transitions and submissions. There’s an infinite amount of techniques you could potentially learn, and because no one opponent is exactly the same, you are forced to constantly adapt which of these techniques you use. That’s just the technique portion. Then there are the subtle concepts embedded within BJJ like balance, leverage, framing and more. It’s unlikely you’ll run out of new things to learn in BJJ.
3. There’s regular sparring opportunities
BJJ is an interesting martial art because of the regular opportunities to spar and “test” your techniques and hypotheses against a resisting opponent. Most classes will include 15 – 30 minutes of sparring broken up into 5 minute rounds where you can spar with opponents of different weights and skill levels. This means you’re constantly going against different people with different styles, and must constantly refine and change up your game
4. It’s a form of self defence
Jiu Jitsu teaches you valuable self defence skills, particularly how to restrain opponents, ground survival techniques, and submissions designed to render an opponent unconscious or immobilise their joints. 5. You’ll be part of a new community
When you start learning BJJ you’ll be introduced not only to your gym community, but also the wider thriving international BJJ community. I’ve struck up great conversations with strangers at conferences and work-related functions after finding out they learn BJJ. As an additional benefit, BJJ is unique in that it’s quite easy to not only meet the best athletes in the sport, but also train with them, spar with them and attend their seminars.
7. There’s lots of competitions to enter
There are numerous BJJ competitions held around the year in many countries, so you can measure your skills against others in a high intensity setting. International Competition gives you an opportunity to test your jiu jitsu in an intense but safe way, and also allows you to see the differences between the BJJ taught at your gym versus other gyms
8. It's Fun!
Training BJJ has been a great joy of mine thoughtout the years. Its something I always look forward to in my day. It's challenging but in a stimulating way, it's a place I get to hangout with my friends, and there's always things to learn!