Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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“There is no losing in Jiu Jitsu, you either win or you learn’’

At Excel Martial Arts we teach elements of Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

If you talk to any of our students who have just started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu  and ask them what it’s has done for them. Most respond with things like, “I lost so much weight,” or, “My body is so much more flexible now.” Some talk about how much strength they have gained or how they are in better shape. The fact that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will change your body cannot be denied. You can physically see your body changing with every day or week.

What is Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself/herself against a larger adversary by using leverage and proper technique. The Gracie family, the founders of BJJ, modified judo and traditional Japanese jujutsu to create the art. It contains stand-up manoeuvres, but it is most famous for its devastating ground-fighting techniques. Gaining superior positioning—so one can apply the style’s numerous chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations on an opponent—is the key in BJJ.

Here are the top benefits of Jiu Jitsu (BJJ):

Improved Strength

The second health benefit you can expect to receive from practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is to see greatly increased strength. Almost every class will incorporate some type of strength training or sparring. Sparring is when two students go over the live application of techniques in free motion. Strength is essential in order to apply the techniques. Also, the practitioner will develop more flexibility, endurance, isometric strength and explosion.

Total Body Workout

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can provide you with far more extensive results than typical aerobic exercise. The resistance encountered while rolling provides you with a good base to improve your core strength through intense abdominal workout, increase your muscle tone, and reduce your body fat while improving your balance, bodily coordination, cardio vascular capacity, and muscular endurance.

Better Memory

There are literally an infinite amount of techniques and positions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Expect to have your memory worked to its very limits. An arm bar, for example, is just one movement but there are hundreds of ways and angles with which to apply this attack.

Relieves Stress

Another benefit is that training allows for you to “let your stress out.” During rolling and drilling you can take that tension and built-up frustration and release it on the mat. Roll hard. Let it out. You will find after an intense rolling or drilling session you will feel amazing. Use the academy as an outlet.

Patience

Patience is perhaps the most important benefits of practicing this art. This sport takes a lifetime to master, and even those who have achieved technical mastery will still face occasional defeat in competition or in the academy. It requires one to set aside the ego, and look for honest improvement and growth. At Excel we know that practice makes progress & you’ll have lots of fun in the process.

Friendship

Training in Jiu Jitsu will bring you together with different partners so you will make friends with you teammates. We then have social events where you can get to know everyone more too.

Dedication

You can get addicted to the amazing benefits of Jiu Jitsu. There is so much to learn!

Self Defence

Since Jiu-Jitsu allows a small and weak person to submit bigger opponents with the use of proper techniques, especially when the aggressor has no ground fighting knowledge, its use as a self defence system has increased over the last years. It's effectiveness has caused it to be recognized and incorporated into a variety of programs, from top military special forces to women's self-defence. In mixed martial arts, proficiency in grappling and ground fighting has become a prerequisite, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu remains one of the most dominant martial arts in MMA.

Here are some other important points about martial arts

If you are concerned that martial arts places a great amount of emphasis on sparring or fighting, you don’t have to worry. Martial arts places little to no emphasis on violence, but stresses the importance of discipline and respect.

Instead of competition against others, the focus of martial arts tends to be competition with one’s self. Since respect is a huge aspect of martial arts, heckling and name calling is discouraged, rendering this a great option for anyone insecure about his or her current level of fitness who would like improve to their body image and health.

Best of all, classes are individualized, so don’t worry if you’re not in the same physical condition you were at age 18. Adults participate at their own fitness level while progressing in skill and technique.

When participating as a family, martial arts provides a unique opportunity for sharing in a non-competitive fun activity. Plus, parents have the opportunity to reinforce the life lessons taught in class at home.

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