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As someone who trains Jiu Jitsu, you will hear two things about a million times in your life: “I want to get in shape before starting Jiu Jitsu,” and “I want to start training but I’m too old.” If you want to hear our answer to the first statement, click here.

As for being “too old” to start Jiu Jitsu, we have a long answer and a short answer: the short answer is “No.” The long answer is “No, now stop questioning it, you’re cutting into your training time!”

It’s overstated, but we truly believe that Jiu Jitsu is for EVERYONE, regardless of size, shape, or age. And that is because people train for different reasons.

We recently asked our members, via Instagram stories, why they started training, and the responses were all over the board. Ranging from staying in shape, to making friends, to wanting something to help them mentally, there is no set mold for a “person who does Jiu Jitsu.” And that’s the fun of it! We’re all here for different reasons, but we are also here to empower one another.

So take our last piece of advice to heart: If you really want to try Jiu Jitsu, push your insecurities aside for just one hour, a single hour, and go try a class! We promise you won’t regret it.

 

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Why Every Woman Should Do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu- Self Defense https://fenixbjjlowell.com/why-every-woman-should-do-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-self-defense/ Thu, 25 Apr 2019 21:50:10 +0000 http://fenixbjjlowell.com/?p=6846 Everyone we talk to seems sick and tired of hearing that women should do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to learn self defense, and we don’t get it! As women who train, we think that every girl we know and every girl we don’t know need to get themselves enrolled into a Jiu Jitsu program ASAP, here’s […]

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Everyone we talk to seems sick and tired of hearing that women should do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to learn self defense, and we don’t get it! As women who train, we think that every girl we know and every girl we don’t know need to get themselves enrolled into a Jiu Jitsu program ASAP, here’s why:

-When you think self defense you think getting attacked in an alley at night, right? “Oh, that’ll never happen to me!” Now think of someone grabbing your wrist and not wanting to let go. A little more realistic? Any of these scenarios can happen to anyone, and as our black belt women’s coach Juliana Fontoura always says, “It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”

-Unlike self defense classes, Jiu Jitsu strays from the controlled situation vs defense, and instead places you in grappling situations similar to those you would experience if something were to happen in real life. Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to defend the unexpected.

-What a lot of people also don’t realize is BJJ teaches physical, but also mental assertiveness. Making decisions for yourself, vocalizing them, and developing self confidence are all tools needed to defend yourself out in the big world. These qualities help shape leaders.

 

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Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Great Way to Get In Shape https://fenixbjjlowell.com/why-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-is-a-great-way-to-get-in-shape/ Thu, 25 Apr 2019 21:43:59 +0000 http://fenixbjjlowell.com/?p=6843   BJJ is often overlooked for what it is: a kickass way to get in shape! Here’s how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can improve your strength, conditioning, and mental fortitude: It’s a full body workout Jiu Jitsu works your body out in ways that you couldn’t achieve going solely to the gym. It is a fun […]

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BJJ is often overlooked for what it is: a kickass way to get in shape! Here’s how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can improve your strength, conditioning, and mental fortitude:

It’s a full body workout

Jiu Jitsu works your body out in ways that you couldn’t achieve going solely to the gym. It is a fun full body group workout, making it engaging (and a little addicting)!

BJJ is straight cardio, but doesn’t feel like it

Working out isn’t as fun if you know you’re working out. BJJ is an interactive workout where you often drill and sparr in partners, making it feel like you aren’t even doing cardio!

You work your entire body and soul, without ever getting bored

In Jiu Jitsu you are always learning something new. We believe that putting your heart into reaching your fitness goals will provide results you are proud of, as opposed to suffering at the gym. Why be miserable while getting fit when you could do it in a fun way?

 

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“Do I Have to Get In Shape Before I Start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?” Crushing the Misconception https://fenixbjjlowell.com/do-i-have-to-get-in-shape-before-i-start-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-crushing-the-misconception/ Thu, 25 Apr 2019 21:39:05 +0000 http://fenixbjjlowell.com/?p=6834 “I want to start Jiu Jitsu, but I want to get in shape first.” As someone who trains, we’ve heard this sentence a million times before. We’re ready to crush this misconception. Here’s why you don’t need to be “in shape” before starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:   Define what shape you need to be in […]

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“I want to start Jiu Jitsu, but I want to get in shape first.” As someone who trains, we’ve heard this sentence a million times before. We’re ready to crush this misconception. Here’s why you don’t need to be “in shape” before starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

 

Define what shape you need to be in to do Jiu Jitsu. The only way you’ll reach the shape you need to do BJJ is by doing BJJ. Simple as that!

Jiu Jitsu is the perfect way to get in shape by itself. It is a great full body cardio workout, and is much more engaging than the gym. Why would you get in shape to get in shape?

The worry that you’ll be the person who can’t keep up is all in your head. Walk into any gym and ask anyone, white belt to black belt, how their first ever BJJ class went. Everyone we’ve ever met who trains has a crazy beginners story that they tell with a smile on their face. Starting Jiu Jitsu is both a mental journey along with physical, and everyone around you understands that!

 

 

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3 Reasons Why Every Woman Should Train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu https://fenixbjjlowell.com/3-reasons-why-every-woman-should-train-brazilian-jiu-jitsu/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 21:28:08 +0000 http://fenixbjjlowell.com/?p=6725 1. Jiu Jitsu is for Everyone A common misconception is that you have to be “in shape” to do jiu jitsu. There is no specific body type for this sport- people of ALL sizes train.  A lot of women’s concerns also include worrying about being smaller than the guys training. Size means nothing in Jiu […]

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1. Jiu Jitsu is for Everyone

A common misconception is that you have to be “in shape” to do jiu jitsu. There is no specific body type for this sport- people of ALL sizes train.  A lot of women’s concerns also include worrying about being smaller than the guys training. Size means nothing in Jiu Jitsu! It is a technique based sport where weight and size can be used to one’s advantage, or against a person.

2. Health and Well-being

BJJ is a great workout. It’s the perfect mix of cardio and conditioning and it doesn’t feel like a workout! With a mix of warm ups, drills,and rolling you’ll leave class feeling amazing. The self defense skills you practice in class can also come in handy in the real world. You never know when you are going to need them.

3. The Sisterhood

There’s no sugar coating: Jiu Jitsu for so many years was a male dominated sport and in so many gyms still is, but that is rapidly changing with time and with the influence of so many amazing females who train. The women of Jiu Jitsu have created a large and diverse community of women who empower one another to train harder and to be more confident. There is no bond like the one you will experience with your jiu jitsu sisters.

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3 Ways That Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Can Help You Build Better Habits https://fenixbjjlowell.com/3-ways-that-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-can-help-you-build-better-habits/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 23:05:10 +0000 http://fenixbjjlowell.com/?p=6698 On an average day, from the minute you wake up to the second you fall asleep, you are following habits you have built for yourself over time. Although some of these habits may be positive, like flossing every night or waking up early to shower, we also tend to develop bad habits that we don’t […]

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On an average day, from the minute you wake up to the second you fall asleep, you are following habits you have built for yourself over time. Although some of these habits may be positive, like flossing every night or waking up early to shower, we also tend to develop bad habits that we don’t even notice. After 3 years of spending an hour scrolling through Instagram every morning, we can’t even identify it as a bad habit.

However, implementing a routine such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can help shape good habits and eliminate bad ones. Here are 3 unexpected ways that Jiu Jitsu can help you build better habits.

  1. Exposing you to planning ahead

When deciding to join a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym there are probably a few questions you are asking yourself. What time do I have to leave the house to get there? Am I packing my gym bag before work and driving directly there? Do I need a ride? How often should I wash my gear?

All of this positive questioning soon develops into a habit of preparing for class, and could later translate into preparing for other aspects of your everyday life.

  1. Developing an everyday workout routine …or three times a week, or once a week- whatever fits you!

Fitting in workout time might be the #1 concern when someone is trying to decide on starting Jiu Jitsu. The blunt truth, however, is that you are going to have to make time for yourself to go train. This space in your day does not conveniently open up, but thinking about your schedule and where you can fit in an hour class can help you develop a workout routine and learn time management.

  1. Stressing the importance of commitment

Making gym friends is arguably the best part about doing Jiu Jitsu. With such joy also comes great responsibility. Your Jitsu friends most likely count on you to be in class to partner up and train with them, and I’m sure you count on them! Training with someone you enjoy being around makes classes more memorable and learning techniques easier. Being there for your Jiu Jitsu friends will translate to the real world, whether you struggle with making plans with friends or getting to doctor’s appointments on time.


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5 Ways Brazilian Jiu Jitsu helps boost your Childs CONFIDENCE https://fenixbjjlowell.com/5-ways-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-helps-boost-your-childs-confidence/ Fri, 25 Jan 2019 23:30:38 +0000 http://fenixbjjlowell.com/?p=6661 1.) Progress not perfection Brazilian Jiu Jitsu promotes continuous self-improvement. In the beginning, your child may get impatient when they don’t notice results right away. Instructors will teach your kids to set goals and show them how to work towards them. Setting goals is an important quality to have both in Martial Arts and in […]

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1.) Progress not perfection

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu promotes continuous self-improvement. In the beginning, your child may get impatient when they don’t notice results right away. Instructors will teach your kids to set goals and show them how to work towards them. Setting goals is an important quality to have both in Martial Arts and in life because it will give your child short-term motivation and long-term vision. With this, they will know how to organize their time and resources so they can make the best out of every class or situation. With hard work and drive your child will notice their progress and learn to embrace the journey.

2.) Your child will believe in themselves

Consistency is key to all progress. With every class, your child will learn new techniques that they will eventually be able to execute. Encouragement and positive reinforcement from their instructors will help them keep pushing. But, the key here is that your child will become more assertive in the work and time they are putting in, giving them the confidence to keep working hard.

3.)Focus

As parents, we know how hard it is to get our child to sit down and eat, let alone get other tasks done. Brazilian Jitsu Jitsu requires thought-processing and attention to detail which means being able to focus on their instructor teaching the position and being able to follow instructions to execute them is vital to further progress.  With this, the child will subsequently have to rely on focusing to reach their goals.

4.) Patience is virtue

In todays fast-paced world, with technology at our fingertips,  we can get anything we want, when we want. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on the other hand, takes time and patience to achieve results. Perfecting a technique does not come from night to day, belt promotions require hard work, but with time and a bit of patience and plenty of FUN, your child will learn a quality they can use in their day to day.

5.) Health and Wellness

As parents, we always wonder if we’re doing the right thing. With Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you’ll never have to second guess yourself. BJJ will improve their overall coordination and stamina as well as increasing their heart-rate for the best hour of their day!  A Healthy child is a happy child. You’ll find your child dragging you out the door to go to class (we can all agree that is a win-win situation).

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Top 5 BJJ Competition Essentials https://fenixbjjlowell.com/bjj-competition-essentials/ Mon, 08 Oct 2018 12:05:54 +0000 http://fenixbjjlowell.com/?p=6495 You don’t have to participate in competition in order to enjoy and fully engage in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. However, if you’re interested in experiencing all aspects of Jiu Jitsu and putting some thorough effort into your skill improvement, competing is a great way to learn more about yourself, BJJ and your opponents. […]

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You don’t have to participate in competition in order to enjoy and fully engage in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. However, if you’re interested in experiencing all aspects of Jiu Jitsu and putting some thorough effort into your skill improvement, competing is a great way to learn more about yourself, BJJ and your opponents. In the end, it doesn’t have to necessarily be about winning, when you have so much more to gain knowledge- and skill-wise. So, if you do decide to compete, it’s always useful to know your own BJJ competition essentials. Of course, this list will vary from person to person, but, if you’re not quite sure about the things that will make this whole experience more beneficial, keep on reading.

 

1. Your favorite music

You may be surprised to find music on the list of BJJ competition essentials, but that’s nothing to be confused about. After all, everyone needs to relax and tune out from their daily worries before and sometimes even during the competition. And, honestly, there’s hardly a better way to do so than to listen to your favorite music. Not to mention that sometimes the wait between matches can become uncomfortably long. So, definitely remember to bring your headphones and whatever music device you tend to use.

 

2. Filled water bottle

This one is pretty obvious as you definitely have to stay hydrated during the matches. Still, even though it’s absolutely necessary to bring water with you and drink enough of it, you don’t want to have too much either. That can have a pretty negative effect on your performance during the competition. Therefore, pay attention to how much water you actually drink; it’s important to have just enough fluids but no more than that!

 

3. An extra gi

Having a backup equipment such as an extra gi is always helpful and responsible when it comes to Jiu Jitsu competitions. After all, you never know what could happen and it’s not unheard of for competitor’s gi to tear up during the match. What’s more, sometimes there are different standards to go by when gi rules are concerned. That said, having two just to be on the safe side counts as a practical and smart thinking on your part.

 

4. Proper warmup gear

Another one of BJJ competition essentials includes warmup gear. After all, you have to warm up before your matches start. Of course, what kind of warmup exercises you’ll do and what type of gear you’ll need depends on you and what you prefer when warming up, obviously. Most people tend to bring a jumping rope and foam rollers because these are some of the most practical pieces of warmup gear, but if you need something else, be sure to always go by your own needs to ensure your own safety during the competition. In the end, you might not even need a warmup gear per se, but you still need to warm up properly to avoid muscle injuries.

 

5. A coach who knows you

Well, of course you would bring your coach with you to the competition. They will come anyway, right? Well, you never know how things may work out. Having your real coach together with you during the competition is absolutely ideal. After all, they know you and they probably know a lot of other participants as well. But, sometimes it’s simply not possible for your real coach to come, which is why you may often need to appoint someone as your “coach” to accompany you. So, you need to be very careful about who you choose.

Your appointed coach should always be someone who knows your game as well as the moves you’re comfortable with. You don’t need someone who will just instruct you to use this or that technique in order to win, disregarding your skills and comfort levels completely. You need someone who understands you, which is why it’s always better to have a familiar purple belt with you, then a brown or black belt who never even took the time to train with you properly.

 

If you’re interested in taking up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, don’t hesitate to contact us at Fenix BJJ & Kickboxing Lowell. We’re here to answer all of your questions and provide as much information as you need when considering this particular martial art as something you could try for yourself. What’s more, you can always check our available programs so that you have a better idea of what we offer to our students.

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5 Things to Think About If You Want to Avoid Injury While Training BJJ https://fenixbjjlowell.com/avoid-injury-training-bjj/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 19:02:23 +0000 http://fenixbjjlowell.com/?p=6487 We have talked about ways you can improve in BJJ even when you’re injured as well as possible reasons why your injuries aren’t healing properly. But, injuries are not necessarily an unavoidable issue when Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is in question. There are always ways to do your best and protect yourself so that you can avoid injury […]

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We have talked about ways you can improve in BJJ even when you’re injured as well as possible reasons why your injuries aren’t healing properly. But, injuries are not necessarily an unavoidable issue when Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is in question. There are always ways to do your best and protect yourself so that you can avoid injury while training BJJ.

 

1. Always warm up before your training

A proper warm-up is not just necessary before BJJ training session, but any physical activity one wants to engage in. After all, if you want to prevent injuries you need to make sure that your muscles and joints are flexible. Failing to do a warm-up before the training session can end with pulled and torn muscles. Even some simple drilling would do in case you find the usual warm-up exercises a tad tedious.

 

2. Know who to roll with

When you all have a rolling session, it’s important to know what kind of opponent is the best for you at that particular moment. If you feel alert and energetic, it makes little difference who you’re rolling with. But, if your focus is not as sharp as usual and you’re even a tiny bit sleepy, it would be best to go for high-level opponents who definitely won’t hurt you in any way, even when you’re not properly concentrating. When you’re in such a state, enthusiastic and energetic white belts don’t make for the best opponents.

 

3. Stay sensible and in control

Basically, you have to be aware of your own self and your actions. If you want to avoid injury while training BJJ, it’s essential that you don’t lose grip on your own possibilities as well as situation. For example, if there’s something wrong with your gi or your toes and fingers get bent more than usual, recognize this as a moment for you to take control and recuperate. If you let yourself get lost in the moments of different moves and techniques at different speed completely ignoring the state you’re in and your surroundings, you’ll probably get in some painful trouble.

 

4. Try to be as focused as possible

Even though we can’t always be 100% focused during the training, it’s important to do your best to keep your mind actively involved in what you’re doing. During the drills, even the smallest surprise can turn into an injury. Therefore, try your best to pay proper attention to the drill, and if you feel really tired and unable to keep up, don’t hesitate to say something! It’s always better to sit one out than to injure yourself.

 

5. Strengthen your muscles off the mat

The stronger your muscles are the more protected your joints will be. In that respect, one sure way to avoid injury while training BJJ is to also train off the mat. Essentially, corrective exercises and strength training are absolutely necessary for building your muscles and creating proper core balance. Aside from off-the-mat exercising, you can always enjoy a nice massage to get rid of stiffness. Stiff muscles and knots can also end up causing injuries otherwise. After all, if you want to improve in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you should definitely welcome more physical activity aside from just your training sessions.

 

Proper focus, warm-up and constant work on your fitness skills are all essential parts of getting better at Jiu Jitsu as well as doing everything you can to avoid injury while training BJJ. That said, don’t hesitate to learn more about this martial art by checking out our available programs and contacting us at Fenix BJJ & Kickboxing Lowell.

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