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start reaping the many Benefits of JIu jitsu

The lessons learned on the mat, the confidence that is built, the renewed energy and exposure to new people...So often the benefits experienced as a result of training BJJ come together and serve as a pivotal point in people's lives as they gain the confidence to pursue and attain their lifelong dreams and goals.

GETTING STARTED:

We make the learning process as simple as possible by breaking down each technique step by step, consistently revisiting material and keeping you mentally and physically engaged so that while you work at your own pace, your body is able to adapt to the new activity. Your fitness and confidence will steadily improve as your skill level begins to develop.

NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED:

Only a small handful of our students had any athletic experience at all. Most came from desk jobs and led relatively sedentary lifestyles before they began training. You do not have to be in shape or lose weight before you start. You will be training with plenty of others who are in exactly the same boat.

YOU ARE NOT TOO OLD:

While you may believe you are too old to start training BJJ, keep in mind that our student base ranges from ages 4 to 55 years old. A large majority of our adult students STARTED training after the age of 25 and about a quarter of our students began their BJJ journey at or around age 35.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE "IN SHAPE":

Many of our students began with no athletic experience and used BJJ to lose weight, tone muscle and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Some have lost up to 30lbs in 3 months and continue to burn fat and tone muscle as they train regularly.

NO EXCUSES:

Our beginner friendly curriculum is designed to help even the most out of shape and uncoordinated individuals integrate into the sport and every one of us here has started at the beginning, just like you.

WHY IS BJJ SO EFFECTIVE?

ITS EMPOWERING:

As you train with your new teammates in a welcoming environment, it's easy to join them in becoming invested. Your mind and body are presented with stimulating new challenges AS WELL AS the opportunity/resources to conquer them. BJJ is a game not based on chance but on choices, hard work and experience. The harder your push yourself, the better you get. YOU are in full control of your progress and all you have to do is keep showing up.

ITS ADDICTIVE:

As you observe everyone around you use failure constructively, you yourself will begin to view failure as a valuable tool in your own success and take pride in your growing resilience. This prevailing attitude quickly becomes apparent in other areas of your life as you tackle more opportunities and challenges that once intimidated you in your day to day life.

IT GETS YOU IN AMAZING SHAPE:

Your body is constantly in motion at various intensities throughout your 1 to 2.5h at the academy. Whether you are slowly reviewing steps or trying them out when rolling, your body is gaining agility, speed, strength, flexibility, endurance and muscle memory. You are burning a lot of calories a couple times a week and you're surrounded by people who are also interested in adopting healthier eating habits and lifestyle choices. This mentality becomes contagious so the way you care for your body begins to change on it's own.

IT'S HUMAN CHESS:

BJJ has a unique playful and game-like quality that is reminiscent of wrestling with friends and siblings for fun as a kid. You don't mind being sweaty, out of breath and defeated by your training partners. You're playing HUMAN CHESS! Your mind is too busy having fun, learning and being rewarded to care that your body is engaged in an intense workout. You are pumped full of endorphins and after a healthy meal and some rest, you can't wait to go again!

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIKE "WORKING OUT" (WE DON'T):

If you are the kind of person who has to drag themselves to the gym or cant seem to make it there at all, there's a good chance you're the kind of person we will have to drag OUT of the academy at the end of the night. Many BJJ practitioners will tell you that they were never able to stick to a traditional workout routine or healthy eating habits until AFTER they started training BJJ. Usually BJJ gave them the reason and desire to further condition and fuel their bodies as well as the support and company of peers to get them motivated and stay accountable.

INSTANT SOCIAL LIFE:

Once you own a GI and a belt, you become a card-carrying member of a massive international community that starts right here at 4Points BJJ. As you continue to train and post pictures in your GI, you notice new followers on social media who share your passion for the sport. You will start to recognize some of them as you attend tournaments to support your training partners or compete yourself. When you travel, you pack your GI, send out a few messages to local BJJ players you'd like to meet and academies you’d like to visit. You'll make friends all over the world who welcome you with open arms and add a whole new level to your travel experience.

PERSONAL GROWTH TOGETHER:

BJJ is unique. You are fully responsible for yourself, your training and your performance but we work very closely as a team. In fact, you can't do BJJ without your teammates. Your 4Points teammates become your friends and you build close bonds with them based on mutual respect, shared experience, support and acceptance. They push you, encourage you, teach you, learn from you and rely on you not just to do your best, but to push them to do the same. Many students use BJJ as a way to strengthen existing bonds with friends, family and partners as well. We have parents who train with their kids, couples, siblings and friends who start their BJJ journey together and become closer as a result.

OTHER BENEFITS OF BJJ:

The list of side effects of training BJJ is a long one and ultimately you'll have to try it out for yourself to see how it benefits you most but here are some of the ones most commonly reported by those who have taken up and continued to train:

Builds self confidence and self esteem

Weight loss

Over all fitness

Muscle tone

Lower anxiety and depression

Better eating habits

Better sleep

Improvement in memory

Coordination

Reflexes

Resilience

Patience

Community

Physical: Practicing Jiu Jitsu regularly improves strength, cardio, flexibility, mobility and stamina. You will also see benefits in weight control, increased energy and improved sleep. Jiu Jitsu is a wonderful all around low impact full body workout.

Mental: In addition to the physical benefits there are also fantastic mental and emotional benefits. Jiu Jitsu training conditions you for mental endurance, problem solving, critical thinking, patience and creativity. It teaches you to stay cool under pressure and deal with stress gracefully. Additionally, there are also all of the general mental benefits of exercise such as higher natural release of endorphins, confidence and overall brainpower. 

Personal: You’ll make new friends at the classes. You’ll be learning something new that has a worldwide community and sense of excitement around it. You’ll find yourself being invited to new and interesting events. All of a sudden watching sports takes on a new life. The principles in Jiu Jitsu carry over into daily life, so you’ll most likely evolve your approach to things like cooking, checking emails, time management or relationships. You’ll find yourself becoming more patient, more efficient, more effective and confident. Also…more happy.

 
 
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Philosophy

In addition to being a complete self defense system, BJJ builds the mind and character which improves confidence in all areas of life. BJJ was developed to allow a smaller weaker opponent to defeat a larger stronger more aggressive opponent through technique and intelligent fighting. Using problem solving, principles of physics and building on character traits such as patience, humility, creativity and confidence the smaller individual can turn their opponents’ strengths against them and immobilize them. Losing is welcomed in BJJ because of the opportunity for learning it provides. BJJ philosophy places major value in not quitting, continually training, working with others as a team and remaining calm under pressure and self-awareness. Using energy efficiently, which entails the maintenance of a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as the mindful patience to fight strategically and control impulses are key BJJ principles. The most prevalent quality practiced in BJJ is the return to the mats to grind away at technique development, pushing through discomfort and frustration, expanding your comfort zone, making continual adjustments. BJJ is the fastest growing martial art in the world because of its effectiveness as a fighting style, but the self development is immeasurably valuable.

“THE BIGGEST LESSON I LEARNT FROM JIU JITSU WAS HOW TO TRULY KNOW MYSELF” – CARLOS GRACIE 

 
 
 
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF JIU-JITSU

JiuJitsu was created in Japan as a battlefield art for samurai warriors. It had many variations (Ryu's) which included throwing, joint locks, strangles, striking, grappling and weapon disarms. One style derived and popularized from Japanese Jiu Jitsu is Judo, which consists of grappling and throwing. A student of Kano (The creator of Judo) named Mitsuyo Maeda was a guest of George Gracie in Brazil in 1912. Out of gratitude for Georges hospitality, he taught Jiu Jitsu to Georges son Carlos. Carlos passed on his knowledge to his brothers which led to the opening of the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in 1925.

Jiu Jitsu soon became synonymous with the Gracie name in Brazil. The Gracie boys began to teach Jiu Jitsu and test it in fights in public challenges. They had refined their style to ground fighting, a strategy they were able to use to neutralize strikers and larger opponents.

In the early 1990's Rorion Gracie brought the sport from Brazil to the US where it would eventually be showcased in an event created by himself and Art Davies, The Ultimate Fighting Championship. His younger brother Royce, the smallest man in the competition dominated the fights, winning four in one night. This has led to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu being the fastest growing martial art in the world.

Jiu Jitsu is used by military and police. Its techniques and philosophies are used for anti-bullying programs all over the world. It is widely competed and practiced in many professional arenas. It is also very fun and thousands of people find profound enjoyment, satisfaction, fulfilment and meaning in it every day.