Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a Way of Life

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Written by Bernard T. 

Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu (BJJ) is not just a sport but a way of life.  There are a few things in life that are truly important.  The way I measure what is truly important and not superficial is this.  Imagine you are on your death bed dying and you are laboring to take your last breaths.  Chances are you are not going to be worried about money, personal belongings or work.  You are going to be thinking about yourself, your family, your friends and how you lived your life.  I use this measurement from time to time to remind me of my true priorities.    In the end your health is one of the most important thing in life, without it you have nothing.  This is where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu comes in.

When you train Martial Arts, especially Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, your life is impacted forever for the better.  It teaches you to face adversity when it arises.   You discover yourself and your unlimited growing potential in developing as a person.  On the way  while training your perspective of life changes, you become healthier, you inherit a brotherhood of fellow martial artists and lifelong friends and most of all you become balanced.   I train at John Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and training there has helped me develop as a person and keep a balance between my personal and professional life.  It has helped me maintain my priority of staying fit and evolving as a person. 

I have trained in many different styles of martial arts since I was seven years old.  From Karate, Judo, Wrestling to Taekwondo to now Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Martial Arts is a part of my life.  I think this gives me a more well-rounded perspective on why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is superb and why training at John Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been the most beneficial to me than the others.  

The good thing about the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that it possesses many of the elements you will ever need in defending yourself.  From starting on your feet, to takedowns to submissions you become a well-rounded practioner.  From a wellness standpoint, if you train more than twice a week you will notice a physical change and a mental change.  I loss 30 lbs while training 3 times a week.  Some other students I know have loss more than that.  I found myself having more stamina and more control of my breathing, strength and flexibility.  But most of all I became more humble.  That tends to happen to a lot of students.  There is a big change when you first start to when you have a few years under your belt.  To have to submit when you are being choked or when one of your joints is being manipulated  is a big part of the art.  Knowing how to apply submition techniques like arm bars or americanas or the mata leon is very important, but just as equally important is knowing when to submit and then knowing you can be submitted.  This is what makes one evolve. 

Since training at John Machado’s Academy I have developed long lasting relationships with Professor John Machado, students that started before me, around the same time as me and after me.  We all are a sort of family.  We all train to better ourselves not to hurt ourselves.  Even if we spar or roll at 100% we hardly ever get hurt because we roll smooth.   Even though Professor John Machado has starred in many movies including the movie ” Red Belt” and has been on the cover of many magazines he is very approachable and welcomes new students always.  The journey of training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will help anyone develop as a person and will help a person balance their life throughout their own personal journey.  Health is truly one of the most important things in anyone’s life and finding something like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is worth more than its weight in gold. 

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2 thoughts on “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a Way of Life”

  1. Jiu-Jitsu has informed my life in many of the same ways, and training with Professor John Machado has been one of the great gifts of my life. The martial lifestyle embodies the dharma of the warrior saint; one who thinks like a man of action and acts like a man of thought.

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