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The number of reasons why I began dedicating so much of my time to coaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is endless. The art is so multifaceted: your mind and body are both so fully engaged, and observing students refine these skills and push themselves in the right direction is a highly rewarding process.
Across the globe, individuals have made a vow to compete at the highest level of their preferred sport. For some, it was a natural fit to choose this path. On the other hand, quite a few professional athletes had to work diligently to achieve the goal. From amateurs to the major leagues, being a professional in any capacity takes much more than dedication.
The benefits of partaking in a mixed martial arts are endless. In one of my first blogs, I mentioned how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu impacts the way a practitioner thinks. Not only does our BJJ training impact our thought process, it also positively manipulates our mental health. While our physical well-being is always improved through sports, it is easy to forget how much our mental capacity is put to work as well.
If you’ve been following this blog series, you likely have a decent understanding of how tedious it can be to work one’s way up the BJJ ranking system. The hours of training, maintaining health, and mental capacity it all takes can be overwhelming for many. If you’ve ever had the chance to meet a black belt, they will probably tell you receiving said belt was one of the greatest accomplishments of their life. Through dedication and persistence many achieve the goal of obtaining a black belt.
The belt ranking system in BJJ varies in many aspect from other well-known mixed martial arts. As you advance in BJJ, you are expected to adapt your mindset as well as your technique. Once you pass your purple belt, some of the real challenges begin and expectations are set high. The brown belt comes next and is one of the final steps in rounding out your BJJ accomplishments. Here are some things to expect when you advance to a brown belt.
Around the world, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is rapidly becoming the martial art of choice. Practitioners are taking the skills they’ve developed and are expanding the sport wherever their travels take them. While of course, it goes without saying that Brazil is the heart and home of Jiu Jitsu, there are many other lesser known destinations thriving in the BJJ world.