Many people believe that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu might not be for them, as they lack the youth, athleticism, physical strength and endurance, or time to pursue it effectively. But these people are misinformed. With a little investigation and some perseverance, they would soon discover that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for everyone.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors and practitioners fall into every age category, from pre-teens to senior citizens. One of the advantages of a martial art like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that there are a multitude of techniques to draw from, and a student will learn a set of techniques that he or she is able to perform comfortably given his or her unique physical characteristics. A short-legged person will probably not use the same techniques as someone with long limbs; similarly, an older student will probably not rely on the same physically demanding techniques that a more youthful student might. Adaptability to the individual is one of the strengths of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and one’s age should not be viewed as a hindrance to studying it.
Athleticism and physical characteristics are similarly mythical obstacles, as anyone, regardless of his or her athletic ability, or physical shape, can learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Progress in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an individual affair, and everyone progresses at a different pace. While it may take longer for an individual lacking athleticism to progress than it does for a gifted athlete, progress nonetwdmess occurs and eventually even people lacking natural athleticism can compete quite successfully against more athletic individuals.
Similarly, many women feel that BJJ is primarily a “man’s sport,” and that studying it would be a waste of time. Hundreds, if not thousands, of successful women competitors expose this untruth for what it is. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is especially effective for women, and those who become proficient at it can easily dominate a less skilled man while grappling.
Last, some people don’t think Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for them because it would simply take too much time. But this, too, is false. Even a few hours each week of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will confer tremendous benefits on an untrained grappler, both in terms of learning techniques and in the fitness benefits it can provide.
So if you’re thinking that BJJ isn’t for you, then you owe it to yourself to find out the truth. Whether you’re an older student considering training, but thinking it might be too much of a young person’s sport; or a woman, daunted by the prospect of entering a “male” sport; or someone who simply thinks that you don’t have the physical ability or time to try it out, do yourself a favor and try it out anyway.
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