The Fitness Benifits of Jiu Jitsu

In the limited research detailing the health benefits of BJJ, an article found in the National Library of Medicine states,

“Brazilian jiu-jitsu athletes had low body fat, without differences between novices and experts or between elite and non-elite athletes. The mesomorphic component was predominant. Aerobic power was similar to that of other grappling combat sports and did not seem to be influenced by the Brazilian jiu-jitsu athlete’s competitive level.”

Andreato LV, Lara FJD, Andrade A, Branco BHM. Physical and Physiological Profiles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Athletes: a Systematic Review. Sports Med Open. 2017

In short I took away this as meaning Jiu Jitsu regardless of where you stand physically will mold you into a physically “healthier” individual. Not exactly a brain buster. That if you move your body you’ll be healthier. But to go perhaps boldly far deeper than a NLM study I would like to say the effect of a healthy body promotes a healthy mind. And a healthy mind, given we’re making good choices, promotes a healthy body. So the effects compound one another. Far beyond what you’ll find from a study touting the physical benefits of BJJ is the mental benefit. Which isn’t talked about enough. For me going to jiu-jitsu class is like church. You got the fear of god put in you from all the killers staring back at you from the mat.

But armed with this knowledge of techniques you stand a good a chance as anyone at submitting your opponent. And that’s what makes BJJ in my opinion a reason why it’s so good for fitness. Because beyond thinking, “oh I gotta get this many pull-ups at the gym today,” or “I gotta beat my bench record today.” None of that matters when all your focused on in jiu-jitsu is, “how am I gonna survive?” And survival, that fear that it brings is a far better teacher than the weight rack at your local VASA fitness. And what’s more incredible, and what keeps people fit and healthy is when they learn to control that fear and when the switch from survival turns into beating your opponent, that, that, is something intangibly special and even spiritual.

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Meditation: On the Origins of Jiu Jitsu

When asking where did jiu-jitsu come from, we must first ask why do martial arts exist at all? Which is an interesting question. Perhaps if we were a group of tribesmen roaming the countryside in search of humongous beasts, then we had no need to learn martial arts, but we needed to know how to fight and strategize. Then again, maybe there was internal turmoil within the group. Any sort of place where there has been dubbed “a civilization.” There has always been a form of martial arts, right?

I spend time on this because it’s a funny thing to think about, just when exactly did martial arts start? Because the movement involved in any martial art is requisite of making specific movements in a specific sequence of events. Martial arts is like language, something passed down, and it grows, it necessitates proper responses to specific circumstances. If fighting is as natural as talking then the origins of jiu-jitsu must reach farther back then its origins claim. As far back as I know in my limited research, jiu-jitsu got its name either from two places which in the span of time are not that far from each other.

Jiu-jitsu as it is called started after Mitsuyo Maeda came to Brazil. There had been levels of Judo and what’s called newaza which emphasized ground fighting. Something that multiples of geographically separate regions from long ago in history all share is ground fighting. In ancient Greece in the first Olympics, wrestling was the sport of warriors who were thrown in front of the procession hall of the gods, to show what capabilities and mastery a man had over the human body. Which now makes me think jiu-jitsu or judo much be far older than anticipated. And has existed before the Gi was considered the traditional training garment.
And perhaps and it’s very likely jiu-jitsu came before the traditional weapon of the Samurai and perhaps the katana was an extension from jiu-jitsu. They both show similar emphasis on the art of “taking limbs.” Which is very curious.

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Colorado Springs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


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  • Colorado Springs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is an affiliate school of renowned black belt Rigan Machado
  • Head instructor is Bill Hosken, who has been teaching BJJ in Colorado Springs since 2002. Bill holds a legit black belt. He earned His belts from Rigan Machado’s school in southern CA
  • We provide highly detailed instruction with an emphasis on fluidity and perfect technique
  • Typical class structure includes a warm up session, instruction and drills for 2-3 new moves, and light sparring
  • We offer a mixture of gi and no-gi classes , wrestling and Judo
  • Current and former students include special forces and other military personnel, police officers, mixed martial arts (MMA) competitors, kickboxers, wrestlers, attorneys, computer programmers, and college students; In other words, this sport is for everyone!
  • BJJ is a martial art that acknowledges that most fights end up on the ground, and teaches you what to do from there
  • BJJ is ideal for people who want to get in shape and learn a fun sport that can also be used for self defense


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Work with lower level training partners, not on them. When rolling with someone less skilled than you, take the time to show them how to correct their mistakes. Instead of seeing every roll as an opportunity to choke someone out, view it as an opportunity to help your partner improve. You’ll be amazed at how much better your game becomes when you start helping others improve theirs. You become aware of the little things that you are doing right, as well as some of the bad habits that you have probably developed.

Put your ego on hold when rolling with higher level belts. We all want recognition, and what could be more fun than tapping out someone who is one, two, or even 3 belt levels above you? But let’s say you do manage to tap this guy out, now what? It probably isn’t going to happen again. And that guy sure as heck isn’t going to go out of his way to teach you how to get better. Rolling with higher-level belts is an opportunity to develop trust and respect. If you take the time to develop good relationships with your higher-level training partners they will take the time to help you improve your game. Don’t trade a one-time ego boost for lifetime of good training.

Take the time to stop, review a position, or ask for help. It is okay to talk during training, and it is okay to stop for a minute and review a position. Sometimes if you wait it can be difficult to remember or re-create a position. If you’re not sure what to do, and neither is your partner, try playing what if. Go ahead and test different things and see what happens. Then when you get an opportunity, show your instructor or a higher level training partner where you got stuck and what you tried to do to fix it. They will be able to help you improve your thinking or validate what you did. The next time you get stuck you may be able to figure out for yourself what to do even if you haven’t been taught.

Jiu-Jitsu is an individual sport. But your training partners and your school are really like family. And in order to make the fastest progress you have to become a contributing member of that family. Just showing up isn’t enough. Take the time to help those less skilled than you and develop good relationships and respect those more skilled than you and your game is sure to improve a lot faster.

Peter Roberts



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