— Today, I’m going to be talking about why I think Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a valuable thing to learn in life. BJJ may improve mental health, flexibility, physical health, confidence and balance. The first paragraph will be about the history of BJJ, and the second paragraph will be about some basic facts about BJJ. After the second paragraph, the rest of the paper will be all of my thesis statements (a thesis statement is when you make an argument, and you prove it with evidence to prove to your readers that your argument is correct). When you get to the part where it says Q&A, these are the questions that I’ve asked my expert (my coach) and the answers will be his thoughts about BJJ.
— First let’s talk about the history of BJJ and how it came to be known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Jiu-Jitsu started in Japan and since this quote says, “Jiu-Jitsu first originated in Japan. Later, it moved to South America via a Japanese diplomat named Mitsuyo Maeda to form modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (1).” After training with Judo, Maeda wanted to spread the word about BJJ all around the world. “In 1914, Maeda traveled to Brazil where he befriended a businessman named Gastao Gracie (2).” Since we know that Maeda brought BJJ to Brazil, we should know that “BJJ is derived from traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo when it was brought to Brazil in the early 1900’s by Mitsuyo Maeda (3).”
— Jiu-Jitsu’s meaning is, “The word Jiu-Jitsu derives from the Japanese “Jiu” meaning “gentle” and Jitsu meaning “art; essentially Jiu-Jitsu is the “gentle art” (4).” It is important to understand the belt colors in Jiu-Jitsu because every time you go to a class, you will be wearing a belt. The different belt colors are: “White, blue, purple, brown, black, red and black, red and white and red (5).” A belt in BJJ helps show your rank, experience and also helps keep your Gi together.
— BJJ does a lot of good things for you and one of them is that it may improve mental health in some people, “Jiu-Jitsu has all the makings of activity that’s conductive to improving and maintaining one’s mental health (6).” Mental health is good to have and, “Jiu-Jitsu is a temporary relief of anxiety and depression (7).” “Jiu-Jitsu increases self-discipline (8),” and it is handy for self-defense. BJJ can also help you sleep better because you’ve worked out your brain and your cardiovascular system.
— Another thing that BJJ can do for you is make you flexible. if you are not flexible, it might be hard to do specific Jiu-Jitsu moves like spider-guard sweeps. “Flexibility just requires some time and dedication to improve your flexibility to the point to have an unpassable guard (9).” It is really easy to get flexible, you just do some light stretches every day and then go onto more complex stretches. “The best part about flexibility is that it is a highly trainable quality (10).” Being flexible isn’t just being able to do complex moves it also prevents cramps and injuries. “Flexibility provides greater resistance to joint injuries and it is probably the most important reason to be flexible for BJJ (11).”
— Jiu-Jitsu can help with your physical health and can make you stronger, “BJJ can burn 700-1100 calories while working your cardiovascular system, muscular endurance, isometric strength, grip strength and core strength (12).” “Grappling with a Gi improves your grip strength (13).” Also, if you are wondering what a Gi is, it is a uniform that you wear while grappling to get used to the feeling of getting pulled around. A Gi is made of cloth, and it is thick to prevent ripping.
— Next is confidence. It is really important because if you ever get into a fight and it is a person that is larger than you, you will be confident in yourself that you can defend yourself. “Building confidence through Jiu-Jitsu is the result of several factors, including improving your physical health and skills, recognizing small successes, setting realistic goals and practicing failing (14).” Learning BJJ may improve your confidence because you will be more confident in winning than losing because you know BJJ.
— Balance in BJJ is really important because if you don’t have good balance, you could get pushed down quickly. It is not good to be in a bottom position because you could be submitted easily. “Balance in BJJ needs to be a conscious ability (15).” You could also test your balance at home to see if you have good or bad balance. “Simple jumps are a great way to test your balance (16).” Balance is also important to prevent people from bridging you or even taking you down to the ground.
— Q&A from my coach/expert Justin T. and he is a black belt in BJJ. Q: What is your favorite position(s) in Jiu-Jitsu and why? A: “The guard position is my favorite, because it is a unique position that allows you to be defensive and offensive at the same time.”
Q: Do you like being in the top or bottom position and why? A: “I like both the top and bottom position, they are both fun to learn and train. But I would have to give the edge to the top position.”
Q: Why did you choose to practice Jiu-Jitsu over any other martial arts? A: “I chose Jiu-Jitsu because it is in my opinion, the most effective martial art. It allows a smaller person to use leverage and technique to defeat larger opponents.”
Q: Why did you want to be a coach and/or why did you end up being a coach? A: “I became a coach because I was always better at coaching than competing. And I always enjoyed watching others grow and grow.”
Q: Is there anything that you would like to state your opinion about BJJ? A: “I think BJJ is the most effective martial art because it gives you a real chance to defend yourself where many martial arts don’t.”
— I think that after looking at all of these links about BJJ, I’ve learned a lot about how BJJ can help you and when I first started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I didn’t even know a lot about BJJ and all of its benefits and excellent moves. Ever since I first started my research paper and reading all of the information in the articles, I’ve learned all about the belts and how BJJ can help you with defending yourself. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is great because it teaches you how to fight with technique, skill, strategy and focus.
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(17) Coach, Justin T.