It’s difficult to define the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu. It’s more than just a physical activity; it’s a mindset, a lifestyle, and a science. It’s an art that transforms control into submission. It’s about learning how to control your body to the point that you can then control somebody else. Jiu-Jitsu demands that you be aware of your body and your opponent’s energy to then create a sequence that allows you to control and submit that opponent. It takes more technique and cunningness than strength and youth.
Jiu-Jitsu is a complete fighting system that teaches how to fight standing up and also on the ground. It’s been called the triumph of human intelligence over brute strength. So it trains people to rely less on physical superiority and more on the ability to think fast. It’s an intelligent approach to fighting that allows a person to defend himself against an attacker, regardless of the attacker’s size or strength.
One man defines Jiu-Jitsu like a virtual reality action game that combines techniques taken from wrestling and other sports. If you get your opponent to the point where he or she needs to tap out, you are letting them live. That’s power.
Some insist that this sport has helped them to organize their thoughts, anticipate problems, and come up with reasonable solutions in real life. The problems the fighter faces on the mat makes him put things in perspective and teaches him or her to persevere and to keep pushing in life. It’s a mentality that translates into ‘keep fighting to be your best’.
Jiu-Jitsu also keeps you humble because once you step on the mat, regardless of who you are in the outside world; you run the risk of being submitted. People from all walks of life come together, and because of the nature of the sport, bonding is inevitable. As one woman puts it, you basically hug somebody for 90 minutes. That produces closeness that you can’t get anywhere else. And that connection is what creates an amazing feeling of respect.
Nobody gets to be a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu without a few aches and pains or even broken bones. Most people don’t stick to it long enough to get that belt because it takes a lot of commitment and falling in love with the art.
Right now there are a lot more men who are actively involved in Jiu-Jitsu, but little by little women are becoming more interested in the sport. Find out more about this amazing sport now.