Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a popular marital art, self-defense and combat sport system with the main focus on ground fighting and grappling. It was established through practices and experiments and blending of Judo and Jiu-Jitsu techniques.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, also referred to as BJJ, supports the notion that weaker people can defend themselves against bullies or stronger and bigger opponents if they can use the proper leverage and techniques, which includes taking the fight to the ground and applying support of choke-holds and joint locks.
- Your fitness level will improve.
- Your body will become more toned and you’ll lose unwanted kilos.
- You’ll become more confident.
- You’ll have more energy.
- You’ll be come more disciplined.
- You’ll develop a “can do” mentality.
- You’ll meet new people.
- You’ll naturally become more aware of your surroundings over time, both mentally and physically.
- You’ll learn how to defend yourself against intruders or assailants without being aggressive. This is also useful for children being bullied.
- You’ll no longer regard mistakes as failure, because you’ll be too focused on how to do better next time.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will take you out of your comfort zone and give you something to work towards. Although there are less belt colours in BJJ than some other martial art forms, it takes longer to progress from one colour to the next, because each colour from white to brown has 4 stripes, each representing a level that needs to be achieved before advancing to the next colour.
Adults start out with the white belt, advance to the blue belt for a minimum of 2 years, to the purple belt for at least 1.5 years, to the brown belt for at least 1 year before moving onto the black belt. One has to be 16 years of age or older to advance from blue belt to purple belt and to qualify for a black belt, students may not be younger than 19 years old. Once black belt has been achieved, it’s time to strive towards attaining degrees. A degree is earned every 3 years, depending on skill levels, contribution to the martial art and teaching ability, and goes up to the 10th degree.
Children start with white belts too, but because of the ages required to progress to blue belt and higher, their belts are a bit different up to the age of 16. Their belts each contain 4 stripes representing 4 levels of each colour, which are white, yellow, orange and green, before advancing to the adult belts.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is great for the whole family, because of the positive value system it instills, as well as the health, fitness and confidence aspects, but the added bonus is the quality time family members can spend practicing various techniques with each other.