By Kanani Guerra

Have you ever invited a friend to try Jiu Jitsu? Many people are wary of trying a class. Here are a few of the most common reasons (or excuses) that we hear from those who haven’t tried Jiu Jitsu. Check it out and read why these reasons shouldn’t stop you. Then find a Jiu Jitsu school near you today!

“I can’t train Jiu Jitsu until I’m in shape”: FALSE. Training in Jiu Jitsu is a fantastic way to get into better shape. You will use muscles you never knew you had! And pushing another person off your body is much more interesting than resistance bands. A typical Jiu Jitsu class will involve stretching, cardiovascular training, a resistance workout, and will help with muscle tone. The best way to get into shape to do Jiu Jitsu? Start Jiu Jitsu.

“I’m too old to start Jiu Jitsu”: FALSE. BJJ is for all ages! You’ll never be as young as you are today. Many schools have classes with all different age groups and training partners. Learning ‘new tricks’ may be more challenging than if you had learned as a child. But as an adult you have other attributes to assist in your learning process: patience, discipline, and greater mental capacity.

“I’m going to get hurt”: FALSE. Jiu Jitsu is the ‘gentle art’. Is there risk of injury? Yes. But there is a risk of injury with any sport, work out, car ride, living in a home with tile floors, etc. The intent of Jiu Jitsu is not to wreak havoc on your body. Quite the opposite, actually. Jiu Jitsu can improve your flexibility, reflexes, and overall health to improve the condition of your body. Select trustworthy partners or higher ranks that can control their movements and use caution when training with you.

“I’m just here to watch and support my kids/husband/girlfriend/etc.” What better way to set an example for your family then to jump in and show them how it is done? BJJ can be a great activity for the whole family. Self-defense, fitness, confidence building: all great benefits of the family training Jiu Jitsu together.

“I don’t have enough time/money/energy for Jiu Jitsu”: FALSE. This is an investment in your health and well-being. You can learn life-saving self-defense techniques (invaluable!). Family, friends, and work are a priority, but your health and well-being should be too. Do you make a daily run to your local coffee shop? Pocketing that $4 a day can save you almost $100 per month. Invest that into your Jiu Jitsu training. It is worth it. And you probably already know that exercise creates those wonderful endorphins. They will give a great energy boost for your training. Many gyms have morning and night classes. Pop in before work, shower, and start your day feeling refreshed!

“I’m afraid I will love it, become obsessed, and find myself in the best physical and mental shape of my life”: TRUE. Invite a friend to Jiu Jitsu today. You may never know whose life it could change.