Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is best known for its focus on control and leverage. Certain techniques aren’t necessarily applied with brute strength alone, but with the correct positioning and direction of force. In most BJJ positions, it’s important to keep tight. That’s not to say too rigid, but under control. Your opponent should be kept from moving and you should be properly balanced so you can’t be moved easily. Good Jiu Jitsu practitioners can always recognize and exploit the gaps of space and bad posture. As a beginner, you’ll make a lot of these mistakes, but over time you’ll become more and more comfortable with practice. During training and competition all submission holds are applied in a measured and progressive manner so that there is plenty of time to “tap out” before any damage is caused and a student applying a submission will always release the hold immediately to ensure his opponents safety. This method of training ensures that BJJ remains arguably the most effective martial art because all the techniques used can be practiced regularly against a fully resisting opponent so the student is well aware of how his mind and body will react in a genuine confrontation and he can be sure that his or her techniques will work. Many training in a martial art are also in doubt of what direction to take with so many different choices. Some think that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has a certain taboo that only people who are already in great physical shape can train. This is simply untrue. Jiu Jitsu, which means the gentle art, is recognized as the most complete martial art, and leads the student to obtain both physical and psychological benefits. As in other martial arts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will reduce your stress and anxiety, while building self-confidence and increasing self-esteem, while working the entire body and contributing to weight loss.v Brazilian Jiu Jitsu requires concentration and promotes fast responses to an opponent’s body and it develops emotional control while improving the reflexes. It has also been defined as a game of chess that is played with the human body, where well-formulated rules preserve the physical integrity of students. As an aerobic activity, it elevates the metabolism and improves both cardiovascular and respiratory capacity; and as a martial art, it develops special motor skill and fast reflexes. There is never a restriction on the practice, active men and women of all ages can practice the gentle art. BJJ is also a great option for those seeking to lose some weight and improve their muscle mass, since it is possible to eliminate anywhere from 750 to 1500 calories in one class! Contact Alliance BJJ Houston for a free consultation and to learn more about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.