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10 Reasons to start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Reason #10: I’m never too old to learn something new. Sure, it would have been better if I had started when I was 46 or 35 or 10, but here I am — I celebrate my half-century mark at the end of November.

Reason #9: Jiu-Jitsu teaches me mind-body awareness in relation to training with an opponent. After nearly 50 years on this earth, I’m finally learning my left from my right.

Reason #8: Jiu-Jitsu seems to incorporate a lot of yoga. I’ve added Bridge and Plow back into my daily yoga practice. Why? Bridge pose is a great way to create space and roll your opponent off of you. Plow pose teaches me to relax and breathe even when it feels like I’m being suffocated.

Reason #7: Jiu-Jitsu teaches me to commit 100% to my next move. There is no half-way or being a little bit pregnant. Make a decision and commit to it.

Reason #6: I learn a lot from my training partners. One time during an open mat session, my friend Chris advised me to always have a game plan. I used to be a game plan of one…now I’m up to at least three things I know how to do.

Reason #5: In Jiu-Jitsu I don’t need to assume my opponent will always be stronger, faster, or bigger than me. 99% of the time, they are. I can’t strong arm them or bulldoze my way to a submission. I must practice my technique and beat them at their own game.

Reason #4: I train with the best. Jiu-Jitsu isn’t something you learn by reading a book (although that can help) or through osmosis. You have to practice and train with experienced teachers. I show up for class. I show up often for open mat. I schedule private lessons to help accelerate my learning.

Reason #3: It’s fun. Plain and simple. And fun is always good. It’s also a great way for me to take care of me. There’s no better mind therapy than trying to figure your way out of your opponent’s half-guard.

Reason #2: Practicing Jiu-Jitsu is a major leap outside my comfort zone. So far so good. Besides a little rib bruising, I haven’t hurt myself or anyone else…except for that one time the heel of my foot connected with my brother’s head. Yes, that was an accident. Please don’t tell my dad.

Reason #1: I’m going to get older with every birthday. Age is not an excuse to not do something. So here I am — nearing 50 and I’m a white belt with two white stripes. I think my 3rd white stripe would be an awesome 50th birthday present!

10 reasons are from article at https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jiu-jitsu_b_4112136