Jiu Jitsu is a sport, self-defense system, and a fitness program. It has proven to be the most practical and effective self-defense system in the world. It relies on leverage and technique, rather than strength and size. This allows you to defend yourself against much bigger, stronger attackers. As a result, Jiu Jitsu is a great sport for everyone – including women and kids.
Jiu Jitsu is also an intense, aerobic, and anaerobic workout so your overall health and fitness will improve, including your flexibility, strength, cardiovascular fitness, ability to burn fat, and muscular endurance.
Jiu Jitsu is for everyone – regardless of sex or age. Jiu Jitsu was originally formulated for use by smaller, weaker people to allow them to defend themselves against larger, stronger attackers. In that way, Jiu Jitsu is perfectly suited for women, kids, young and old. Anyone and everyone can participate!
No. You do not need to be strong, flexible, or in particularly good shape to start jiu jitsu. By practicing Jiu Jitsu, you will most certainly improve your strength, flexibility, and conditioning (plus balance, coordination, and more), but you do not need to have those traits to begin with. Disclaimer: Doctors’ recommend anyone who starts any strenuous activity, including Jiu Jitsu, receives a physical examination to ensure they can safely participate in the program’s activities.
The journey in Jiu Jitsu is much more rigorous than most other martial arts, but when you see a black belt, you know it was earned. Although each person is unique, it generally takes between 8-15 years to reach black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It takes 9 – 18 months to go from white to blue belt and then 2-5 years each for the subsequent belt, up to black.
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