Why woman should train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
by Brianne M Gomez
What exactly is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)? BJJ is a form of martial arts that focuses on takedowns, grappling, and submissions. If you are a women who has been thinking about stepping onto the mats, there are plenty of reasons to do it.
Why they should train?
According to the Center for Disease Controls National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), more than 27% of women and 11% of men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime and experienced an intimate partner violence-related impact in the U.S. Needless to say, BJJ would be a recommended form of self-defense for a group of people that is (usually) smaller and weaker than the people most likely to assault them.
BJJ is a full body workout. Training BJJ is a great way to get fit because the demands it puts on your body are very diverse. Just from the warm-ups alone, your heart rate rises. The insane drills (torreando, knee slice, x-pass) and rolling (sparring) will literally leave you crawling off the mats when the class is over. I don’t know about you, but running is boring, it’s great for cardio, but I get bored to death, whereas training in BJJ, it is engaging and captivating all at the same time.
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Competition is not for everyone, however, if you want to test your strengths and your knowledge of BJJ, find the holes in your game, then competing is a great opportunity and can be an amazing personal development tool. “You learn a lot about yourself when you are under pressure in situations like a tournament. You learn how to control your emotions, be comfortable in uncomfortable situations, and how to become more mentally prepared to overcome adversities, failures, and all the ‘curveballs’ that life throws at you when you least expect them.” 
4. Mental Health
“Mindfulness is a powerful modern concept of psychology borrowed from Eastern meditation, where people are encouraged to focus on the here and now, setting aside worries over past or future. In mindfulness exercises, patients are taught to attend to their surroundings, their sensations and their immediate experiences. This same level of immediate, focused alertness is a common, powerful effect of BJJ. Frankly, when you have a two-hundred pound opponent sitting on top of you and trying to choke you into unconsciousness, it is psychologically impossible to devote mental resources to worrying about the rent, school or work. In such situations, our brain recognizes a survival situation, and forces us to focus with intensity on our immediate experiences.  As such, training BJJ is a great opportunity to set your worries aside and focus in the task at hand.
The people that you train with will become like your immediate family, that I am sure of. This makes sense only because you will be training with them, maybe 3-5 time a week, sweating all over each other, placing your hands on each other. When training with one another, you are basically placing your safety into each other’s hands. Women in BJJ are great supporters of growth and learning, we are not consumed with tearing each other down, but rather focused on seeing each other grow in technique. There is no purpose on schooling the new girl in class, because there is no doubt that BJJ is a male dominated sport, and we need more women coming into the sport to support one another.
6. Best Version of You
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BJJ teaches life lesson, such as being patient, being humble, and trusting. When I first started, I thought BJJ was an individual sport, boy was I wrong. The impact that others have on our ability to reach our goals is significant. We cannot even learn basic techniques without partners there to work with and instructors there to guide us. BJJ isn’t one of those types of martial arts where your catch the material the first time, even though you badly want to. I know that I wanted to learn everything all at once and show others that I was successful at it, but failure can be the springboard needed to propel us to success. Be patient, mess up, but most importantly, learn from your faults. Get yourself arm-bared, because when you do, you will learn the holes in your game and prevent that from happening again., failures, and all the ‘curveballs’ that life throws at you when you least expect them.”
Overall, I personally think training BJJ is fun. This type of physical exercise is fun, it doesn’t feel like a chore that you have to do. You will want to come to class. The social aspect of BJJ is fruitful to say the least. If you are thinking of starting, or want to invite a friend to attend a class, please check out our website, https://www.jiujitsucorona.com/ for more information on starting your BJJ journey with Pacific Top Team and to take advantage of our 30 DAY FREE TRIAL