The Gentle Art – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) has had a long lineage as a gentle yet very effective martial art. BJJ is founded on the concept that smaller, weaker opponents can defend themselves against tougher attackers. Using technique, leverage and momentum a smaller opponent uses BJJ to make the fight an even matchup regardless of size and strength.
The basics are taught repetitively throughout a persons entire BJJ journey. What are the basics of jiu jitsu? There are a lot, that’s why they’re constantly repeated. Although the first thing students learn as white belts directly correlates to individual coaching styles; bridging, shrimping and learning how to relax usually come first. The ability to move your hips and legs in conjunction with your upper body is paramount to nearly every movement in jiu jitsu and is highly focused on.
What does a jiu jitsu training session consist of? Again, depending on your coach sessions may vary. A basic structure for a session looks like this:
Warm up – 15 minutes
Learn a specific technique – 15-30 minutes
Positional sparring – 15 minutes
Open sparring – 15 minutes
Again, this will change depending on your coach, how many people are at the training session and the level of those people. If there is only a few people rolling, your coach may decide to do an open mat and allow people to just spar.
The Jiu Jitsu lifestyle is unique and extremely beneficial to your emotional, physical and mental health. By simultaneously giving yourself a place and time to switch off from life’s other issues as well as being proactive with your physical fitness, Jiu Jitsu ticks all the boxes for being happier and healthier.
Some training sessions will be tough, but that’s okay. You will get beat, but that’s okay. Jiu Jitsu is beautiful in the fact that you can always come back tomorrow and try again, you will face hardships but at the end of the day they will make you mentally strong. Jiu Jitsu is chosen by millions of people as their sport of choice, why not become one of them?