Jiu-Jitsu, the “Gentle Art,” is a culture, discipline, and lifestyle of self protection, which leverages technique over strength and intelligence over aggression. Jiu-Jitsu cultivates the mind, body, and soul; increasing physical health and resiliency, instilling confidence and discipline, and inspiring healthy ego and peace of mind.
Jiu-Jitsu is first and foremost a self-defense martial art. It is about controlling situations and diffusing aggression of physically imposing opponents. It has evolved into a combat sport but its origins are in self defense. Think street, train sport.
Training in Jiu-Jitsu is a catalyst for creating positive change in your life. You get what you put in. Once committed to training the rest of life starts getting scheduled around jiu-jitsu, and healthy habits and cross training with other exercises are byproducts of training. The lifestyle organically grows around weekly training, when you dedicate yourself to it.
You have to make time for Jiu-Jitsu. Like learning a new language, without consistent practice and reinforcement of what you learned you forget it. Going to class 2-3 times a week minimum is needed to keep improving. Unless your nursing an injury never say no to a roll. Drill what you learned at open mats. Always push yourself to get better. Take notes of your progress.
Eating a clean diet with Jiu-Jitsu is not only about physique. It’s about reducing inflammation, which reduces pain, discomfort, and risk of injury. This means no sugar, minimal meat and dairy, and plenty of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins. I’m currently on a ketogenic diet, which means low carbs, moderate protein, and high in healthy fats. I regularly drink water with MCT oil, which provide boosts of energy.