Do you remember watching The Karate Kid when you were younger and wishing that you knew a martial art? Or re-enacting scenes from the movie in the living room with your siblings or friends even though you had no idea what you were actually doing?
Have you recently watched a UFC pay-per-view, been struck (not literally) by the strength, agility, and control exhibited by the fighters, and dreamt about having such sheer mastery of a skill and your own body?
Or maybe you’re just bored and stressed with everyday business/work life, and you want to regain some of the vigor and excitement that you see in your fresh-into-the-workforce co-workers…
Boredom and stress obviously suck. But, maybe not so obviously, so does letting go of an idea that totally thrilled you as a kid. Or never discovering what your body is capable of.
Well you can fight back — figuratively, and a bit literally — by learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).
Sometimes described as “physical chess”, BJJ will destroy your stress & boredom by mentally challenging you. At the same time, it’ll stimulate your body to drop a few unwanted pounds and improve your endurance & mobility. Oh, and you’ll also learn how to physically defend yourself and have fun in the process!
And, no, you’re not going to get punched or kicked… because that’s not allowed in Jiu Jitsu. Yes, you are going to learn how to apply chokes and joint locks (submissions). But, more importantly, you’ll learn how to make use of angles, space, & leverage in order to efficiently move your opponent’s body and your own.
In other words, you’ll learn control: of your breathing, your body, your mind… and your opponent (or practice partner).
After all, there has to be some reasoning behind BJJ sometimes being called the “gentle art”…
Sounds kind of awesome, right?!? Yeah, we think so too. 🙂
But don’t just take our word for it. Check out what Meg, one of our (previously intimidated by BJJ) members, has to say:
“I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for about six weeks now, and I’m totally hooked! I have a little kickboxing experience, but I still admit to being super-intimidated starting BJJ. It just looked so… awkward and complex.
While the first few sessions definitely were awkward and complex (backward rolls… ugh), I can now feel myself learning concepts, developing better body awareness and mobility, and just plain getting better every single session. I love it so much that I even find myself sticking around after class to practice more!
I’m so glad I tried it and am excited to see how much better I get in the next few months.”
We’re looking forward to helping you alleviate some stress, add a bit more excitement to your life, and progress on your journey of “physical chess” mastery!
We are a Red Schafer MMA affiliated academy.