Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or BJJ for short, is an incredible sport that is definitely not for you. This is not a rah rah article telling you to give it a try, I’m going to shoot it to you straight and save you years of frustration and embarrassment.
Let’s just start with the name. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. BJJ. Just from the name you can tell it is not the martial art for you. Martial arts are great, they can help you stay in great shape and help you learn the art of discipline and much more. Most people take karate in the 5th grade, get their green belt and never look back. However, when I hear of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I think of a huge Brazillian dude with a very thick accent kind of like The Great Khali. You unfortunately are not The Great Khali. Not even close. And while many would argue that BJJ is the safest effective martial art you can train, practicing wrestling moves and chokeholds with a Brazilian Andre the Giant just seems like a bad idea to me.
The History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
If you find history boring, please go ahead and skip to the next paragraph. I don’t blame you. However, BJJ was formed by Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals. Several predominant (and totally Japanese) martial art figures who teach BJJ include Soshihiro Satake, Mitsuyo Maeda, and Takeo Yano. Don’t even try spelling those. Okay the history is kind of boring me now. In essence, some dudes named Carlos and Helio Gracie brought the art into it’s own in 1882. Now it’s one of the cornerstones of MMA. All boring stuff if you ask me and I think America would agree, I mean who watches that crap anyways?
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that revolves around grappling and the ground game. In theory, BJJ is for the smaller guy. The concept of BJJ is that a smaller, weaker person can defeat a much bigger and stronger guy. This is done most predominantly by strong technique, taking the fight to the ground, and using chokeholds and joint locks. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was also one of the first martial arts to separate itself from just an art to an actual sport, one that you will most likely lose every time.
Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for you?
Short answer, no. There is a huge drop out rate in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and you will probably only add to that number. Secondly, there are a lot of rolling around on the ground with another dude. I think the correct term is “live rolling” but I’m not really too sure what that means. Still, it’s rolling around on a mat with other dudes and attempting to put them in headlocks and such. Not for me, but if that’s your thing, the answer’s still no. You are going to get your ass handed to you time and time again. People who have trained three times a week for five years say that they still get beat routinely. You have to be devoted for years and years in order to maybe beat a different smelly dude. BJJ also extremely hard work and long hours. Long answer, hell no.
The Bottom Line
Unfortunately, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not for most of us. If you are looking to get into better shape, there are much better ways. You can try running or biking or even better, go to a darn gym. If you are dead set on martial arts, try a different one. There are many reasons martial arts can be beneficial and rewarding, but for you, brazilian jiu jitsu is definitely not the answer. Stick to doing kicks and windmill punches and whatever else makes you feel cool, because the babes will not be impressed watching you roll around on the ground with another dude. The bottom line is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not all it’s cracked up to be, and there are many better alternatives that will not leave you looking like a fool. Like cornhole, that’s a real man’s sport.