I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Jiu-Jitsu and have come across several myths during my time as a practitioner. Some of the myths come from those outside of the art whenever I suggest how they should give Jiu-Jitsu a try. Others from fighters inside of the culture themselves.
As much as Jiu-Jitsu is a great form of martial arts intended for the weaker and smaller individual it doesn’t mean that you are some super hero who gets to live out all the fantasies that you’ve built up over the years where you save the girl or take down a bank robber.
Jiu-Jitsu or any martial arts for that matter should be used as one of your last options in a confrontation. With that being said, knowledge in the art doesn’t mean you’re a bad ass and can take on all comers. It doesn’t take into account multiple assailants or the use of weapons.
Have To Be In Shape
Over and over I hear, “I’d do Bjj but I want to get in shape first.” Possibly the most over used excuse I’ve heard. There’s usually a reason why you’re not in shape, more than likely it’s your fear of the unknown. You’r comfortable where ever you currently are and the idea of starting over and taking up a new venture is scary. if you’re interests are important enough for you just chase after them.
Those who are new to Jiu-Jitsu are filled with questions and endure horrible positions and situations. Unable to get out of their own way they seek out the golden ticket maneuver. So stoked to finally have the answer to their current dilemma they rush to the mat to try out the technique. Only problem is that the person across from you is more advanced and learned the counter to your counter a year and a half ago.
There are no absolutes when it comes to techniques. There’s counters, counter to the counters, and so on. The goal is to know the route and the most likely side streets that your opponent can take and adjust. Sometimes you funnel them into a nice safe side street, only to cut them off and finish the fight.
Competing Is Brutal
Too many people are afraid of competing, envisioning the Hunger Games playing out for all their friends and family to see. It’s really not that serious. It’s just two combatants entering a matted area where your skill or more importantly your preparation is tested against someone else. You’ll battle against frayed nerves and adrenalin dumps to face your fears.
By the time you’re done competing there’s a beauty to it all that a lot of us will find addicting, no matter how we do we find ourselves back online filling out entrance forms to relive the high again. It’s the closest thing many of us will feel to combat.