What Are the Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art from Brazil that focuses on grappling. Practitioners use throws and locks to defend themselves in the street, or to defeat an opponent in competition. Studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu provides students with physical and mental benefits. Some of these benefits are common to all martial arts, while others are specific to training in "jits."
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training is more rigorous than many other martial arts, owing to the intensely physical nature of grappling. A typical session includes cardiovascular training, stretching, breathing work and a resistance workout; the latter is derived from working with a resisting opponent approximately your size. These sessions build your strength and endurance, and increase flexibility.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students throw, sweep and trip each other dozens of times during every class. To make it through training without injury, beginning students learn how to fall down without getting hurt. This training translates easily into life outside the dojo. "You're unlikely to ever have to use self defense techniques on a bad guy, but there's a good chance that you'll fall down at least once this year," writes martial arts instructor Jason Brick in the February, 2011 issue of "Black Belt Magazine."
Battlefield techniques form the basis of all Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training. What you learn in this martial art is applicable if you are ever attacked. Skilled Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners are capable of defending themselves -- and those they love -- from a dangerous assailant. Acquiring such skill requires long years of practice, but it is one of the benefits that most strongly attracts people to the martial art.