If you’re interested in starting a martial art, perhaps Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has popped up as an option. Here are five things to help you get to know more about Gracie Jiu-Jitsu:
1. Jiu-Jitsu is literally the gentle martial art.
The Japanese translation of Jiu-Jitsu might be surprising if you’ve ever watched a jiu-jitsu sparring match. “Jiu” translates to “gentle” and “Jitsu” translates to “art.” Which means Jiu-Jitsu literally translates to the “gentle art.”
2. Progress takes time.
If you’re seeking instant gratification and quick success in a sport, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu may not be the best fit for you. However, if you’re committed, it’s a rewarding process. Jiu-jitsu follows a belt ranking system, and the average length of time to earn a black belt in jiu-jitsu is eight to 10 years.
3. A path to personal improvement.
Carlos Gracie worked hard to share what he had learned about the physical aspects of Jiu-Jitsu, but he also cared about other areas of self-improvement. He even created a special diet for his family to fight disease and to encourage longevity in life through food. This diet adopted by athletes is known as “The Gracie Diet.”
4. Self-defense from the ground.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu focuses on grappling and its essence is in ground fighting techniques. You won’t find much (if any) kicking and punching in jiu-jitsu. Instead, you will find a lot of strategy within each movement. This is what makes it great for both men and women, and for people of any size and any age.
5. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu gets you up close and personal with your opponent. If you are not used to close, physical contact with others, jiu-jitsu training will get you out of your comfort zone. You’ll get more comfortable being uncomfortable, and this close contact training begins on the first day you step foot on the mat.