Benefits

1. You'll learn effective fighting skills!

The Gracie Family calls Jiu-Jitsu the most effective form of self defense on the planet. It's an all but mandatory skill in the world of Professional Mixed Martial Arts (If you don't know any Jiu-Jitsu, you're not going to last long on the ground). Jocko Willink (an ex Navy SEAL) even went so far as saying that knowing Jiu-Jitsu is like having a Super-Power! Bottom line is that if you want to learn effective self defense that allows a smaller, person to reliably defeat a larger, younger, stronger, faster attacker, then you can't go wrong with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

2. You'll burn a ton of calories!

I've known plenty of folks who've drastically changed their body composition for the better with just a few months of Jiu-Jitsu Training. And its no wonder why. Grappling burns a ton of calories! My Fitness Pal says it burns 1051 calories per hour! And the best part is, you don't even realize it while you're doing it. Because it's not some boring repetitive workout. It's like playing a real-life video game. You win some.  You lose some. But when you lose, you just hit the reset button and go again. The next thing you know, you've lost track of how many times you've played because you're having so much fun. And you've been burning a ton of calories the whole time. 

3. You'll build real world, functional strength!

It's true that we focus on using leverage instead of strength. But the fact is, you're going to get stronger. Moving another human being around who doesn't want to be moved builds real world, functional strength in a way that you just can't duplicate with weights. It's just a fact. Grapplers get strong.

4. You'll relieve stress!

Let's face it. Living in a polite, civilized society has it's advantages, but it also forces us to stifle some of our primal urges. After a long week at the office, my boss would talk about how he's been wanting to strangle someone all week. I'd just smile and nod, because while I felt the exact same way, I knew that I was going to Jiu-Jitsu class afterward… where I'd actually be able to strangle someone! Tired of having to smile and politely nod when deep down inside you'd rather strangle someone? Come to Jiu-Jitsu and get it out of your system!

5. You'll build confidence!

With experience in Jiu-Jitsu, you develop an ability to creatively solve complex problems on the fly, under tremendous, literal physical pressure! And knowing you can do that against bigger, stronger, younger, faster opponents gives you a confidence that translates over to every other aspect of your life. There's a confidence that comes from knowing that yes, this sucks… but I've been in worse situations before and figured out a solution… I can do this! And of course knowing that you can hang with the young bucks and the big guns, and give as good as you get doesn't hurt either.

6. You'll make some of the best friends you'll ever have!

There's an extreme feeling of brotherhood that only comes through intense shared experiences. That’s why you'll sometimes see two fighters hug it out after the fight, even though they absolutely hated each other at the press conference beforehand. Folks in sports (coached well) come together as a team. Folks who served in the military together tend to develop deep bonds. Pretty much any activity where you purposefully plow head on together into a little adversity, builds strong friendships. Jiu-Jitsu is no exception to this phenomenon.
And because of this, Jiu-Jitsu can help you make some of the best friends you'll ever have.

7. It's a lifelong sport!

I'm 47 years old. I can't deadlift without hurting my back anymore. I can't squat without hurting my knees. I can't bench press without hurting my shoulders. But I've been doing Jiu-Jitsu for over 20 years, and I can still mix it up with the young bucks. I've known folks who've done it in their 60's. Helio Gracie did it in his 90's. If we can do it, so can you.

8. It's fun!

Some people say that Jiu-Jitsu is like physical chess. I say chess is mental Jiu-Jitsu!
It's like a big, life sized video game. Complete with different levels and boss fights.
It's a game where knowledge truly is power. Where the more you know, the better you're able to handle the upper levels. But it's like a game that's actually good for you. And you're having so much fun playing this game that you don't even realize that you're burning calories, getting stronger, learning self defense, and reaping all the other benefits that come with playing this game.

 

Bottom line is, I could talk your ear off for hours about all the benefits that Jiu-Jitsu delivers. But if you're looking to get fit, learn self defense, make friends, improve every aspect of your life, and have so much fun in the process that you'll forget why you joined in the first place, you need to be taking Jiu-Jitsu Classes!

 

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