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The Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

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Two jiujitsu wrestlers sparring in combat during the sport training.

Two jiujitsu wrestlers sparring in combat during the sport training.

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Two jiujitsu wrestlers sparring in combat during the sport training.

Jose Ahumada, Reporter

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a modern martial art with the focus being grappling and ground fighting. The main goal in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is taking the fight to the ground and finish an opponent with chokeholds and joint locks. The main reason behind this is to make your opponent submit or “tap out”. Many people have benefited mentally or physically from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.  Below are some of the benefits that people will experience when training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

  1. Weight loss- Brazilian Jiu-jitsu can help with losing weight and getting in shape. It is a full body workout that will benefit your body and also a way to have fun when trying to drop those extra pounds.
  2. Self-defense- Self-defense is a reason people get into martial arts. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is good for self-defense because it can used by anyone no matter how weak or strong they are. When an opponent is taken down to the ground, it is easier to control them, and finish a fight with a choke or joint lock. It also teaches you how to fight off your back in case someone takes you to the ground.
  3. Stress reliever- Life can be stressful, especially for those who go to school and/or work. The demands of life can build up inside a person and cause a lot of stress. When it comes to having a long and stressful day, training Jujitsu can help with alleviating stress..
  4. Friendship- While training Jiu-jitsu, you will meet people from all walks of life on the mats. You cannot get better at Jiu-jitsu without any help from your training partners. A strong bond instantly happens when training with other people.
  5. Increased confidence- Knowing that you can defend yourself and being in shape is a good way to increase self-confidence.
  6. Humility-  There is always something to learn in Jiu-jitsu. The learning is never going to stop. The art is always evolving and it takes years to master. This can easily translate to life as it is a good way to check your ego and stay humble.
  7. Healthy lifestyle- Jiu-jitsu is hard on the body so it’s important to take care of it. Whether that includes getting a full nights sleep, eating healthier, Jiu-jitsu will help discipline you to live a healthier lifestyle.
  8. Competition- For competitive people, Jiu-jitsu tournaments are a good way to test your skills. Training for competition will also help build discipline.
  9. Patience- Jiu-jitsu will teach you to be patient with the process and understand that developing skills take a long time. Earning a black belt in Jiu-jitsu also takes up so much time and dedication. That patience can also help with other endeavors that we deal with in life.
  10. Challenges- Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is never going to get easier progressing through the ranks. It helps you challenge yourself. This is a good concept to carry when it comes to life as well.
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