Brazilian jiu-jitsu has been one of the fastest growing underground sports in the world. It has a community of its own that has not necessarily been accepted by any mainstream media, but that can be a good thing. It makes it exclusive, mysterious and cool. At first, people think you do some sort of traditional martial art like karate, but at second glance, they can realize it’s much, much more. Here are a few reasons why doing jiu-jitsu is just so damn cool.
- You learn how to control deadly force
The keyword here is control. What does that mean? It means that although you learn how to break limbs, put people to sleep and even worse – you also learn how unnecessary it is to use it - unless in very extreme circumstances, you never have to use it. This is what you learn in jiu-jitsu - the techniques, but also the responsibility. When you get your black belt, consider yourself a type of superhero and you should only use your powers for good.
- You get fit doing something useful and exciting
Sure, eventually if you want to be a good competitor, you have to do BJJ and weight lifting. But let’s admit it, weight lifting is boring, so is running on the treadmill – at least for most people. With BJJ, you get the best bang-for-your-buck. You learn how to kick butt and you shed the pounds. It’s a pretty sweet deal and all your friends that don’t do BJJ and just go to the gym to lift weights should be jealous!
- Be part of an exclusive international community
BJJ is international, but it is still underground and not mainstream at all. All over the world, practitioners understand this and no matter where you go in the world, you will find refuge at the closest gym. What do I mean by refuge? Well, if you’re lost or just looking to get some vacation training in, you can always get help from an academy – we help our own. The hospitality I have seen from gyms around the world is unsurpassed and it’s way too easy to get along with our fellow practitioners - we just have way too much in common. As Genki Sudo used to preach after his MMA fights – we are all one.
- Meet lifetime friends
So people say that golf is a great way to get to know someone. You know…you get to hit a ball in the sky and have a nice chitchat while you take a stroll to go ahead and hit it again. A lot of businessmen use this activity as a way to bond with clients. Well, jiu-jitsu is another way to bond with someone. What develops more trust than fighting someone and possibly catching them in a dangerous position but not following through? Sure, a tap should release you from a submission, but the person releases by choice. The point is, you will become so close with people at your academy that it will become like a second family or network of best friends. Your academy will always have your back.