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Why is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the Perfect Martial Art for Me?

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a full-contact martial art form based on ground fighting and submission holds and has been on the rise due to the growing popularity of mixed martial arts partly due to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) becoming a global success in the last couple years. With the growing popularity of BJJ, many may wonder why they should choose this martial art over the many various options and today we will dive deeper into that!


1. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a real life fighting system

Contrary to popular belief, studies show that 95% of street fights end on the ground. The techniques you learn in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, which focuses on taking your opponent down to the ground and keeping them there, enables you to attack or get into a more dominant position. This gives you the upper hand at all times in a real-life self-defense situation.

2. Serves as a second line of defense

In the event that you find yourself in a precarious situation, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great second line of defense in case striking doesn’t work. As mentioned above, a street fight will most probably end on the ground, thus enabling you to incapacitate your opponent with submissions should the occasion arise.

3. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be practiced by any age group

Anyone: women, men, and even children as young as four years old can practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Because it is an art that is designed for a smaller, weaker practitioner to subdue much larger and stronger opponents, virtually anyone of any size, age or sex can practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


4. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sharpens the mind

Also known as the “game of human chess”, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners utilize a lot of strategy and technique in order to beat their opponents. In fact, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student will probably come across hundreds of techniques and concepts in just a few years of training!


5. Serves as a great entry level into MMA

What do all of the top MMA fighters have in common: a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Anyone who has a solid base in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has the upper hand once the fight hits the ground. It is a great defense against wrestlers as well as strikers who aren’t as adept in the art. In fact, more fighters who aren’t as highly ranked in BJJ have found it necessary to learn how to defend it or prevent it from being used.

6. Lessons learned on the mat are applied directly to your daily life

The more you train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the more focused you become on the bigger picture; an important lesson you learn on the mats. Now, nothing can faze you. Whether it’s stress from work or being dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend, you realize that some things aren’t worth beating yourself up over, giving you an edge over those who aren’t used to experiencing duress on a daily basis.



Credit- Evolve MMA, May 6, 2015

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