If you are planning to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or already started training here are few things you should know about BJJ.
1. It's Addictive
Most people get hooked to it and find themselves training more than 4 times a week. What's addictive about it? For me it's the rush I get when sparring with other people, learning how to defend yourself and keeping yourself healthy (BJJ is a great full body workout).
2. It's A Family
There is something about hugging people that creates a strong bond between each other. Your sparring partners will be more than just another person in the gym, they will become your friends and for some, a family.
3. You Don't Need To Be Athletic
You can be skinny, fat, disabled or not. You can join the class. Your athletic capabilities will definitely help you up your game but it's not a requirement.
4. It Will Make You Healthy
Aside from the usual bruises and muscle pain that you get from training. Hanging around fit people makes you conscious about your health as well. Don't get me wrong, some of us drink alcohol and splurge in sweets from time to time but everyone do always have a healthy diet in mind.
Depending on how many Gi you have. You will have to wash it or disinfect it after training. Don't be the person who makes people tap because you are stinky.
6. It's Humbling
Jiu Jitsu makes you comfortable with uncomfortable. Nobody cares if you are a CEO of a company or a server in a restaurant, someone will make you tap. You'll meet some of the most genuine people in your BJJ class.
7. No Striking
You cannot punch or kick in BJJ. You can train that in MMA or other martial arts. BJJ is mostly grappling, take downs, chokes and submissions.
Like any other sports there is a chance of getting injured. Preserving your body and avoiding injury is entirely up to you.
9. Belt Promotion
Belt promotion vary from gym to gym but compared to other martial arts BJJ belt promotion takes a lot of time. Most will take around 10 years or more before they get their black belt.
10. It's Life Changing
The benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu goes beyond just self defense. You will gain friends a strong mentality, radiating confidence and a sense of purpose all while enjoying your time. It definitely made a great impact in my life.
I'm grateful I'm able to train BJJ and appreciate all the good and bad things that it brought in my life.