Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is more than just a sport or a method of promoting physical fitness. It’s more than a Martial Art. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a way to change your life; ultimately, a way of life.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport system that focuses on grappling and particularly on ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of Judo through Carlos and Helio Gracie who passed their knowledge on to their extended family.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is incredibly strategic and involves mental clarity, mental acuity and the ability to out-strategize and out-manoeuver your opponent by controlling the ground. It involves more than physical strength, it involves clarity of technique, and intelligent problem solving and strategy skills.
BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments [Gi and No-Gi] and mixed martial arts competition or for self-defence.
The Physical Benefits
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has many positive physical benefits including weight loss, increased levels of flexibility, increased strength and simply just feeling fitter. You can physically see your body changing with every day or week. Students will achieve improvements in their overall health as a result of training.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to use your body as one unit. The majority of people in modern society will spend most of their day sitting, driving, or working at a computer and because of this the body develops some strange and unnatural movement patterns. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu develops your body awareness. An increase in body awareness, quickly promotes strength and mobility reversing the negative effects of sitting all day every day. Improvements in mobility show up during techniques and drills that at first were difficult to complete but become easier and more natural within your body.
The Mental Benefits
Beyond any physical improvements that come as a result of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are the mental improvements have an impact across all areas of your life.
With Brazilian Jiu Jitsu the process of learning requires as much mental activity as it does physical. In order to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique you must practice it over and over. You study the technique just like you would a new subject, and then learn to apply it.
Learning to apply the technique can be the most challenging part. In order to improve you must keep attempting the technique over and over again. Then drill it some more and try again. This takes mental acuity, persistence and patience and the ability to strive for excellence and not give up.
When something is easy to achieve we do not feel the same level of satisfaction as we do when we have drilled the technique over time and mastered it! This builds confidence and our inherent belief in our ability to achieve, and achieve not just a hollow victory but one full of satisfaction that feeds our soul.
Everyone has stress in their lives. It’s how we deal with the stress that is important. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great stress relief. After a long day at work, you can walk into UMF Academy and let your day completely go. The last thing you want to think about when you are grappling is your stressful day at work.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu requires focus, it requires coming into the present and projecting your strategy into the future and working to make it happen. During rolling and drilling you can take that anger and built-up frustration and release it on the mat. Roll hard and let it go. You will find after an intense rolling or drilling session you will feel better and your training will become a stress valve.
As you let go your work day and pursue your strategy you move into a positive mindset that truly fortifies you to move past the frustrations of your day and build a light-heartedness that you take with you once you leave your training session. This light-heartedness goes home with you and you can put that into your home and family relationships, with the people who are most important to you.
UMF Academy has a collection of almost every type of person you can think of doctors, lawyers, students, law enforcement, teachers, nurses, businessmen and women, and more.
Every day they walk into the academy for the same reason to be better. These same people walk into the academy every day and improve their health, learning ability, and stress levels.
They may not be thinking about the many benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but it doesn’t matter if they can see them or not – they are happening. They are taking the lessons learned on the mat and applying them to their everyday life and making their life better.