Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, a world-wide sport, and a method of developing a person’s mental and physical capabilities. On the surface BJJ is quite simply a method of teaching effective grappling and submission techniques to be applied in a self-defense or competition atmosphere.
Physically BJJ is a method of using your body with maximum efficiency to control your opponent and finish the fight/match by attacking with a choke/strangle or joint lock causing them to give up or become incapacitated. Your body will change as a result of the exercises and activities in class.
Physically BJJ Improves a students:
-Agility -Flexibility -Dexterity
-Balance -Posture -Endurance
-Strength -Muscle Tone -Joint Stability
-Toughness -Reflexes -Awareness
These qualities, along with many more, are developed through warm up & conditioning exercises, stretching routines, technique drilling, and the most fun of all, sparring or, “Rolling”.
Mentally BJJ is a method of using your mind to learn the most effective way to solve the problem, “How do I defeat my opponent?” BJJ, like Chess, is filled with possibilities, strategies, set-ups, set backs, wins, and losses. The process of learning BJJ will improve your thinking in a number of ways:
Mentally BJJ improves a students:
-Focus -Discipline -Critical Thinking Skills
-Strategic Thinking -Problem Solving -Confidence
-Self Esteem -Active Listening -Perseverance
-Comprehension -Mental Toughness -Attitude
How are these improvements made?
In BJJ there are an unlimited amount of techniques and strategies that can be used to accomplish your goals. Each student will learn high percentage techniques that are known to be effective, and will use them with greater success over time; the true learning comes in when they meet a partner who knows how to defend a technique and forces the student to critically analyze both their own actions and their partners. The student may ask their partner or an instructor what they did right/wrong, or figure out a solution on their own. Sometimes the student needs to learn a new technique, improve their existing technique, or simply change their plan of attack. With hard work and attention to detail someone who practices the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can learn to defeat a stronger opponent by using mind over muscle.
In practice, when you have your partner in a submission hold (Choke, Arm Lock, etc…) that they cannot escape, they will give up by repeatedly tapping you, the mat, or themselves with their hands/feet, or simply saying something along the lines of, “Tap!”, or, ”Stop!”.
Show up to class fresh and clean with trimmed toe/finger nails and the appropriate clean attire. Wash all of your uniforms, including any accessories like knee pads, between each class you attend. It is recommended that you shower as soon as possible after class. NO SHOES ON THE MAT.
The Gi or Kimono is a two piece set of draw-string pants and a specially woven jacket that will not tear if you pull on it. BJJ incorporates the use of the Gi to manipulate an opponent’s body for superior leverage both defensively and offensively. The Gi is held together by a belt, the color of which represents a level of knowledge and proficiency in the sport.
The Cave Academy is dedicated to the progression of our students and competition is a huge part of that commitment. The process of preparing for a tournament, training, getting in shape, dealing with nerves, conquering your self-doubt, and learning from your mistakes, is one that speeds the growth and development of a person. We would never try to force someone to compete, nor would we discourage them because they choose not to. That being said, if you are looking to be coached for competition, we have you covered. Our team of instructors is made up of active competitors who will let everyone know when the local tournaments come around.