Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is good for you?

As the Head Instructor of Infinity Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast); I am constantly asked what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is and what benefits it offers students. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. At Infinity Maroochydore, we focus more heavily on grappling rather than striking. This allows us to train at a higher intensity level against a resisting opponent, whilst massively decreasing the risk of injury.

First of all, I’m going to start by saying that cliché line that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has changed my life. 10 years ago, I was in a bit of a bad headspace, as my Dad had not long passed away. I was struggling emotionally, and I knew working and drinking weren’t going to help me get out of that space.

I walked in off the street into Infinity at Currimundi (since moved to a bigger location at Kawana) and informed the Head Instructor Chad that I was going to get my black belt. I am sure he would have enjoyed my level of enthusiasm. Back then, Brazilian Jiu Jistu was basically unheard of. There was one class per week and we’d travel down to the Gold Coast to learn new techniques and grade. We didn’t have YouTube or a lot of information on google to learn the latest and greatest techniques. Needless to say, it put a whole other meaning to the word dedicated. For me, it gave me focus, drive and became my version of meditation.

Now you know why BJJ is good for me but why is BJJ good for you? Because aside from an awesome work out, you meet fantastic people from all walks of life along your journey. It forces you to go past your ego, to be humble; but also gives you the skills and abilities that push you to reach new heights. To become a better version of yourself. The physical contact of rolling around on the floor with another person helps you feel connected, as in that moment; it feels like you’re fighting for your life haha. Plus, it’s hard to worry about paying an electricity bill when you’re trying to fend off a choke.

BJJ is a “real life” martial art. In training, you are able to go 100% when fighting your opponent and with the option to tap out at any time – your safety is never an issue. It gives you the opportunity to have a game of “Physical Chess” as you pitt your strategies and techniques against another person who’s doing the exact same thing! By training at 100%, it makes BJJ an incredibly effective form of self-defence. BJJ is all about technique – it’s one of the few sports where you can beat up someone who’s twice your size.

What can you expect from a typical BJJ class at Infinity Martial Arts?

A comprehensive warm up including core movements that prime the body for BJJ. Fundamentals along with wide-ranging techniques. I like to ensure each, and every student doesn’t just learn the technique but understands why it’s effective.

You’ll get a solid work out, cranking music, laughs and the support to help you not only start but continue your BJJ journey.

If you feel like BJJ will add value to your life; we’d love to have you on our team! Throw us a like on Facebook so you can check out some of our events and stories. Feel free to visit our website www.infinitymartialarts.com.au or drop into one of our local academy’s anytime.

Written by Shane Moore – Head Instructor at Infinity Martial Arts Maroochydore

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