This is a great post from www.cagejsa.com that provides 10 reasons for doing jiu-jitsu. I found lots of value in it, and re-blogged it. Enjoy!
Why should you learn Jiu-Jitsu?
Jiu-Jitsu is one of the fastest growing and one of the most popular martial arts. But… is it for you? Here are the top 10 reasons why you should learn Jiu-Jitsu.
1.) Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most effective, realistic fighting systems… EVER.
If you are looking for a realistic self-defense system that teaches you how to fight and dominate the worst position situations, then you should definitely check out Jiu-Jitsu.
Jiu-Jitsu is a realistic self-defense martial art
2.) Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone.
You don’t need to be a 20 year old super-star athlete to train, anyone can learn and get the amazing benefits of Jiu-Jitsu.
We have kids as old as 4 and adults over the age of 60 training on a daily basis. All you need is the willingness to learn, and you’ll be fine. Worried about being the new guy/girl on the mat? No worries! We ALL had to start somewhere and the Jiu-Jitsu community is built upon sharing and helping others.
BTW – if you are a 20 year old athlete and want to get into MMA and BJJ competition – we have a comp team too!
Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone – including kids and adults
3.) It’s an INCREDIBLE workout!
Whoever thought that learning something cool, gaining self-defense skills, and hanging out with your friends; would also be one of the best workouts you’ll ever do!
It doesn’t matter if you’re not in perfect shape. When you first start Jiu-Jitsu, it starts slow and builds. Before you know it you’ll find that you’re losing weight, building muscle and have cardio for days.
Training Jiu-Jitsu is an incredible workout
4.) Jiu-Jitsu sharpens your mind.
Some people consider Jiu-Jitsu “human chess”. Jiu-Jitsu is like combat problem solving. It’s not just a bunch of dudes rolling around on the mat. You will learn hundreds of techniques and concepts that you’ll use on a daily basis to challenge yourself and sharpen your mind.
Learning Jiu-Jitsu is fun!
5.) Jiu-Jitsu relieves stress, anger and frustration
It’s almost like therapy! It is impossible to be in a bad mood after Jiu-Jitsu. Training washes away the stress and frustration of the day so that you go home happy after an incredible workout.
Jiu-Jitsu relieves stress and frustration
6.) It fills a void.
Humans fight. It is part of our DNA. Most people try to fill this void by watching TV or playing a game. But what they really want is Jiu-Jitsu. It is a real life – completely immersive game of developing the ability to move, escape, defend, attack, and win.
Jiu-Jitsu teaches you to win
7.) Jiu-Jitsu Cult.
Yea… it’s like a cult that accepts everyone, but when you’re a part of it, you can kick all the other cults asses.
Jiu-Jitsu students are family
8.) Power of Control.
Gain control of yourself, your opponents and your life. Develop patience, determination, and disciple to win on the mats and in life.
9.) The Art of Learning.
Jiu-Jitsu teaches you to learn. You essentially “level-up” each day on the mats. You learn to problem solve, ask questions, and find solutions. You are consistently testing your new found abilities and techniques to see how they work, and how to make them better.
10.) Jiu-Jitsu Mirrors Life.
Jiu-Jitsu is a journey. It’s not something you ever “finish”. The only way it stops… is if you quit.
There will be highs and lows, victories and defeat.
You’ll feel stupid one day, then feel unbeatable the next.
You’ll lose sleep over it, get angry at it, but deeply appreciate what it has done for your life.
Want to quit 1000s of times, but you don’t… because you know that you have to keep moving forward.
You’ll experience these movements of incredible joy and victory, and learn how to come back from defeat