Team Bushido MMA Fitness Center Part 2 - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

I finished my free week at Team Bushido with a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. I participated in a few BJJ classes this week and I felt like I was improving. BJJ is a great physical and intellectual challenge. Learning the proper techniques proved to be a great physical workout. Learning the correct sequences added an intellectual component to the training.

Before reading more, don't forget to read part 1 by clicking here. You'll find lots of great information about TBMMA and Sensei Nabil.

According to the website BJJ ''has been around for many many years and is derived from the art of self-defense out of Japan that samurai originally were practicing as a form of defense against open hand or weapons. Jiu-Jitsu can be softly translated as soft or gentle art, in which case the meaning is simply using technique against a larger opponent. This art has been in practice since the days of Samurai and has become a staple in the art of self-defense where it is seen not only in “Martial Arts” venues or situations. Examples can vary from Martial Arts studios to Military and Police practice. Many Martial Arts forms derive from Jiu-Jitsu such as Kuk Sul Won, Kenjukembo, Judo, Karate, Aikido, Hapkido, and many many more. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentation, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family. Today Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is known all over the globe and is a main art practiced for professional MMA fighters.''

The only thing I knew about BJJ was what I saw from the UFC. To be honest, I didn't quite understand what BJJ was all about. Practising BJJ was a humbling experience. Everybody there is better than you. That's normal because you start as a white belt and everybody who has a superior belt should in theory be better. That's how you learn and that's what I enjoyed about my free week. I did not go there to win. I went to learn. Here's a nice video of Sensei Nabil's teaching style:

Nabil makes it look easy. BJJ is quite challenging but the instructor will support you. If you come to TBMMA, you'll even get the veterans helping out. I was always teamed up with someone better and more knowledgeable and they never made me feel like a burden. That's what I enjoyed the most. Nabil created a friendly and safe environment to learn. If you're thinking well I can't possibly do that, check this video out:

As you can see, Nabil was there to help me. My partner was very patient and to be honest they all are. Everybody there wants you to get better. If you want to try something new such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, come to Team Bushido and try it out for a week. You'll improve your fitness level, your body awareness and your intellectual capabilities. I might even see you there!


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