Why is Jiu Jitsu so effective? This is a commonly asked question that many people who are familiar with mixed martial arts ask. The answer is quite complex and consists of numerous factors including the history of this practice, philosophy, and techniques.
One of the things that makes BJJ so unique is that it not only allows you to become a stronger version of yourself but a better one as well. What do we mean? Well, much like Kyokushin Kai and Judo, it comes with a unique philosophy that has its connection to Buddhism and Taoism, and thus may help you achieve the inner peace you have been looking for. Plus, BJJ is one of the best ways to grasp your life and take full control over it.
Traditional Jiu Jitsu originated back in Japan, as the sports that were practiced by Samurai and other notable fighters. At first, it was a mix of yoga, fluid movement, and fighting techniques. At one point, around two centuries ago, a practitioner moved to Brazil, and that is where, combined with Judo techniques, BJJ found its way to the international ground.
The practice of BJJ is unique and accompanied by equipment highlighted by GI — we recommend you to take a look at this guide that will help you make the right decision. Without further ado, let’s take a look at all the advantages connected with practicing BJJ.
This doesn’t come as a surprise as BJJ was initially founded to be a self-defense martial art that will allow a weaker person to overcome a stronger one. This practice is a combination of grappling and on-the-ground fighting techniques. Now, you will probably say that this wouldn’t be effective in a street fight, but believe it or not, most encounters of this kind, end up on the ground.
What this means is that as long as you are not heavily outnumbered, and your opponent doesn’t have a weapon, you will be able to get into a dominant position and come out on top. This doesn’t mean that it excludes striking — in fact, it will act as your second line of defense, as most people are not comfortable with wrestling and fighting on the ground.
It Can be Universally Practiced
One of the best things about BJJ is that it has no restrictions. What we mean is that whether you are a man or a woman, a kid or an adult, if you have the will to learn new fighting techniques, BJJ will welcome you.
In fact, it is recommended to be practiced by those that feel insecure about themselves, as the philosophy that accompanies it will increase your physical and mental strength. While BJJ sparring is intense, it is a rare martial art where you are not at risk of serious injuries or strains (unlike boxing and MMA).
Another reason why BJJ fighters are so effective when it comes to an encounter is because of the stamina they have. As a combination of fighting, fluent movement, and yoga, BJJ is a great way to stay fit and get into the perfect shape. A typical BJJ practice consists of warming up, cardio, practicing techniques, sparring, and stretching, which will result in a physical advantage over your opponent in the long term.
Superb for UFC Cage
Last but not least, BJJ is a superb martial art when you are in a UFC cage. In fact, many of the great fighters like Nate Diaz, Charles Oliviera, and Demian Maia are perfect examples of how effective this practice can be in an MMA environment. It teaches you how to be dominant when on the ground, and with all techniques, including rear-chokes and guillotine, there is no other outcome than for the match to finish in a submission!
We always like to emphasize the importance of practicing any martial art, as it is good for your body, mind, and soul. Out of all the available options, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seems to be the most effective due to the combination of striking and grappling techniques that it uses.
The whole concept is based on one opponent submitting to the other, no matter whether one is bigger than the other, which makes it accessible for anyone who wants to learn self-defense and be prepared for an encounter of any type. With BJJ in your life, you will be on a constant self-improvement path that has benefits in every area of your life.
(Curated article via bostonsportsextra.com)
Professor Mikal Abdullah is a 2nd Degree BJJ Black Belt, veteran, father, philanthropist, and founder of Aces Jiu Jitsu Club. You can find her personal Instagram account with the handle @cerebralbjj or just stop by one of our locations and get a session in!