It's the New Year, which means you're probably thinking about how you can get in better shape, lose some weight, or maybe just be a little healthier in 2018. That's great! One of the best ways you c an do any or all of those things is to start training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).
Almost 10 years into training BJJ, I can tell you just how great it's been for my fitness and lifestyle. But, I can also tell you just how many excuses I've heard from people about why they can't or won't even try it. So, here are the most common excuses I've heard.
Excuse #1: "I don't have the time."
Attending a one-hour class can eliminate the anxiety-inducing workout planning at your local Planet Shittiest. In less than an hour (a few times a week) you can attend an efficient, energetic, and engaging class. Moreover, BJJ is great cross-training for other sports!
Excuse #2: "I can't pay the monthly membership dues."
I have always viewed BJJ as an investment in my physical and mental health. It’s a great way to “let off some steam” while meeting new people with similar goals and life circumstances. I’ve seen many people use the martial art as a way to lose weight or meet other personal goals like patience, humility, and problem-solving, and it works!
Excuse #3: "I'm afraid of physical contact and germs."
This is a contact sport. Though it is known as the “gentle art,” one has to be willing to experience a little contact and “sweat sharing” to progress. I was a competitive golfer. And I admit the transition was challenging. But, I learned the more you dive in, the less you feel the contact and the better you get at controlling the match. The bumps and nicks are usually only superficial, anyway! As far as hygiene, BJJ is relatively a clean way to grapple. We sanitize our mats daily, and the gi protects our skin. I wash mine after every training session!
If you've been thinking about starting something new and just want some more information or would like to participate in a one-on-one training session, please reach out to me through the contact section or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.