Mixed martial arts is not just limited to competitions these days but is evolving as a prominent regime for the purpose of fitness and self-defense. People who opt to learn MMA are in seek of change in their life. Yes, MMA is a full contact, engaging sport but what most people are unaware is different lessons it teaches. BJJ being the 'Gentle Art' is one of the most popular and efficient martial arts worth learning.
1. It is all about techniques and not about strength and size.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is all about techniques, strategies, intelligence on the mat rather than strength. The most important thing that makes BJJ very crucial for learning self-defense is its well-designed techniques that will help a weaker person to overpower the stronger opponent. It requires a good knowledge of taking leverage, and using the opponent's weight to one's advantage and applying appropriate submissions to vanquish a stronger/hefty opponent. A meticulous regular BJJ training will teach an individual to use one's body to take leverage and to use the opponent's body weight in his/her favor.
2. A perfect toned body
Fitness or perfect physique is one of the prominent benefits of mixed martial arts or BJJ. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an intense full body workout, it consists of unique techniques or movements that your body doesn't get to experience in any other sport. You might find it hard initially but once you get used to these techniques, you will certainly see a positive outcome in terms of your physique and strength.
3. Stay humble to reap maximum knowledge
Learning doesn't cease after a certain level in MMA or BJJ, it is a never-ending process. You pay deep attention to your trainers while teaching new techniques, also you learn from other peers during drilling and sparring. With honest dedication and concentration, it also requires you to stay humble to your coaches and other confrères to learn maximum effectively within a short duration of time.
4. Lessons of the 'Gentle Art'
The reason behind calling BJJ a 'Gentle Art' is that a weaker person can subdue his/her foe by applying a minimum amount of force. It all depends on the techniques and skills rather than strength and size. BJJ follows the principle of equality on the mat. Initially, you might feel yourself being dominated but it is a good thing, you will end up learning various techniques by enhancing them time to time.
If you are looking to acquire a better physique/shape, meanwhile learning some self-defense skills, why not start learning BJJ? Book a trial class at ICSA now!