WHAT IS BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU?
The application of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) transcends the application of chokes, joint locks, immobilizations, throws, and strikes. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a way of life. Beyond the mat, members of the BJJ family live balanced, healthy lives based on the same philosophy that governs their unique self-defense system. Grand Masters Carlos and Helio Gracie believed that the principles of efficiency, patience, and control held the key to success in all aspects of life.
Efficiency, the ability to achieve maximum output with minimum input, is a core principle of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At Fighters First, we assume that your attacker will always be larger and more athletic than you. Our students quickly learn that the only reliable way to succeed is to exhaust your attacker while conserving your own energy through the use of leverage-based techniques and natural body movements. In life, as in a fight, a student who learns to expend energy efficiently will achieve maximum results with minimal effort. For example, Eating healthily is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Being honest/respectful to others is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Being a hardworking/morally correct business person is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. All of these are examples of ways to achieve maximum results with minimum effort.
Patience is often the key to success in a struggle against a larger opponent. Usually, it is not the person who attacks the most, but the one who exhausts the least who will win. Acting impulsively, aggressively, or without focus wastes energy. Patience also applies to timing. Even a perfectly executed technique will fail if attempted at the wrong time. In life, too, patience and timing enable you to ìmake your own luckî by calmly watching and waiting until the right moment when you can apply your energy most efficiently. Being patient with your friends and loved ones, as well as your enemies, is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Allowing impulses to pass before acting is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Taking a deep breath and considering all alternatives before committing is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Patience and timing allow you to know when to commit while efficiency ensures that you have sufficient energy to achieve your objective when the time is right for action.
The final objective in a fight is to impose your will on your opponent. Nothing achieves this more quickly than physical domination after which surrender usually follows. Physical domination means controlling your opponent. Without control, you risk losing the fight. In life, control applies not only to a simple contest between you and an opponent, but also to the struggle within yourself. Self-control reflects your personal discipline and is the foundation for every decision you make in life. Without self-control, you risk a lifetime of poor choices that invariably lead to tragic consequences. Refraining from using drugs or alcohol is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Choosing healthy, nutritious food over junk food is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Having the discipline to engage in regular exercise and rest is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.