After nearly 1o years I finally took the plunge and walked into a Jui Jitsu gym and have been training now for over a year. The only regret I have is not starting Jui Jitsu sooner in my life.
Simply put, Jui Jitsu is a form of self-defense where you assume the “bad guy” is bigger, faster and stronger than yourself. With this in mind the goal is to get the “bad guy” to drain his energy before your energy gets drained. Another goal is to defend, escape, control and submit. Some ways of submission are joint locks, chokes and much more.
One of the major lessons I’ve learned training Jui Jitsu is how effective these moves are against all types and sizes of people. I’ve also learned how much I don’t know about Jui Jitsu and how advanced it is.
The first time I walked into the Gracie Jui Jitsu class I was nervous. Looking at all the other white belts made it a bit intimidating especially the ones that had one, two, three or four stripes! During the introductory exercise that all first timers go through I was amazed at how effective it was to roll somebody off you that had you mounted with their hands around your neck trying to choke the shit out of you. I was hooked.
When I first started I was so focused on getting the “next stripe” and how fast I could jump to the next belt level. But, the more I go and the more I learn the less I focus the next belt or stripe. I try to focus more on learning and mastering the fundamentals. The belt will come with time. As long as I put in the work I will see progress regardless of belt color.
The energy level during training is fun, relaxed and engaging. After a year of training I can honestly say I carry myself with a sense of confidence I lacked before. I would highly recommend finding a Gracie Jui Jitsu gym near your area and taking the 1o day free trial to see for yourself. If you’re on the fence about trying Jui Jitsu I encourage you to tell that voice in your head to shut up and just do it!!!