BJJ is deeply rooted in judo and numerous other traditional Japanese martial arts. Over the last decades, however, it has followed a different course. Today, BJJcomprises the following elements:
Our instructors at the Integrated Combat Centre say that BJJ is a unique blend of sport and martial art. A fighter enrolled in our BJJ program at our Peakhurst gym is exposed to full body training whilst they learn the basic techniques. Many agree that the primary role of BJJ is to equip the fighter with the skills and fitness that will allow them to effectively defend against a stronger and larger opponent.
Since BJJ is an overall mind and body workout, it is an excellent martial art which develops essential skills which are easy transferrable.Here are the four reasons that back up that statement:
Endurance – “the ability to endure an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way”. A fight in BJJ comes to an end when one fighter is completely exhausted and vulnerable to submission. In many cases, the primary cause of exhaustion is the very submission.
The amount of energy a fighter has when they start the fight or sparring session is what we refer to as endurance. Since BJJ training involves a lot of drilling and sparring, BJJ students quickly increase their endurance levels. This gives them a valuable advantage when they want to switch to another martial art.
Nonetheless, a fighter’s energy is not unlimited. Our BJJ fighters learn to strategise and how to plan their energy spending through escapes. This improves focus and a calm and focused fighter is a dangerous opponent.
Strength building is a standard part of BJJ training and all high end BJJ competitors do some form of weight training. Our Sydney martial arts instructors pay a lot of attention to strength exercise. Focus is given to building strong legs, back and shoulders. This in turn enables better execution of takedowns, submissions and submission defence.
Closing the distance and getting into the clinch is something we are very adept at. Clinches are the situations that BJJ fighters thrive upon and one of the first things they learn is how to turn the clinch into a takedown. Learning how to position yourself in the clinch so you don’t get hit by your opponent’s elbows, knees or hands is also a standard procedure.
With BJJ fundamentals, you will have the whole sequence of closing in for the clinch and scoring a takedown embedded in your muscle memory. Since BBJ handles the clinch in a unique way, many MMA fighters come back to BJJ to perfect their clinch skills.
We cannot stress enough just how important it is to be mentally prepared for a fight. It is on par if not more important than skill and strength. Learning BJJ has many mental benefits.
We start the very process of technique learning by drilling – when a student repeats the one technique over and over again.The first few attempts at a new technique are almost always wrong and even the next few drilling sessions on the same technique and peppered with mistakes. Drilling teaches persistence and focus.
Our Sydney martial arts instructors always make sure to explain to the students that frustration is part of the learning process. Learning to work from frustration instead of making excuses is what improves the mental strength of BJJ fighters.
In summary, BJJ increases endurance, physical and mental strength and it prepares the fighter for clinch work. These qualities are what every high level fighter strives to achieve and improve.
Give our BJJ program a go and experience the improvements to all of these fields. It is considered to be an excellent first style where the skills are easily transferable.
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