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Why Jiu-Jitsu Is Safer Than You Think

Many people look at jiu-jitsu as an intense sport. Rightfully so — there is a lot going on during a match.

To the untrained eye, jiu-jitsu probably looks like a bunch of people rolling on the ground in bath robes. And for many people, watching a jiu-jitsu match or practice may seem dangerous.

It’s so much more than that. Jiu-jitsu is an art, discovered only through experience. Each match is a technical battle, focusing speed and strength into calculated attacks. Take this compilation video for example:

MMA vs. Jiu-Jitsu

Seeing videos where people get hurt makes you cringe and can turn many newcomers off, especially when you’ve only seen jiu-jitsu through MMA.

MMA can be a brutal sport. We’ve seen devastating knockouts and bone-breaking submissions on TV. It shouldn’t, however, be confused with jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu is just one part of MMA and should be thought of as a different sport/art entirely. And, it’s relatively safe, in comparison to other martial arts.

Injuries in Striking Martial Arts

In many striking martial arts (Muay Thai and Karate), injuries are much more common. When striking an opponent or even a bag, injuries to the hands or feet can occur. Hands are made up of many different bones, and if not cared for properly, they can easily be damaged.

Martial arts like Muay Thai rely on devastating punches and kicks. Hits to the head are part of the sport, but repeated impact to the head can take its toll. If you don’t believe me, Google “punch drunk.”

Head injuries are far less common in jiu-jitsu. Headbutts occur from time to time, but they are generally accidental.

Safety Measures in Good Jiu-Jitsu Schools

Good jiu-jitsu schools will go to great lengths to provide students with a safe training environment. This means a clean mat and good training partners. Jiu-jitsu isn’t an individual sport, so its important to have good people to train with — meaning they’re safe to roll with. Good instructors will identify students that shouldn’t be paired together and pair students up with complementary partners.

In jiu-jitsu, you are in full control of when you stop the match. As the saying goes, “Tap today, train tomorrow.” Many injuries occur because students learn this lesson the hard way. Tapping before any significant damage is done is an important lesson to learn, and will keep students safe.

Understanding the ‘Gentle Art’

Jiu-jitsu is referred to as the “gentle art,” but it may take a while to understand why. Most students won’t figure it out until later in their jiu-jitsu careers.

Injuries will happen. They are a part of any sport, but jiu-jitsu is safer than most people think.  Taking the right precautions when training will allow students to have long jiu-jitsu careers.

Learn More About Gracie Barra Scottsdale 

Gracie Barra Scottsdale is excited to bring Brazilian jiu-jitsu to Scottsdale, Arizona and the surrounding areas. If you are interested in trying Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Gracie Barra Scottsdale, we’re running a Pre-Registration Special for a $100 coupon off your uniform & first month of classes, valid for the only first 50 people who sign up! Learn more here.

~ Patrick J. Flores

About the Author: Patrick’s love for martial arts began early on in life. He was greatly influenced by pop culture and the desire to mimic figures he saw on TV. This sparked his love affair with combat sports and the culture behind it. He obtained a BA in History from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and wrote his senior thesis on the development of Martial Arts within the United States. During this time, he practiced Karate, eventually receiving his black belt under Sensei Ray and Shawna Ginocchio in 2011. Soon after achieving his black belt in Karate, he began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Patrick is currently holding a purple belt under Professor Rafael Olivera and trains out of Gracie Barra Chino. In addition to training in jiu-jitsu, Patrick attends California State University Fullerton for his MBA. He hopes to one day use his experience, education, and passion for martial arts to develop a rewarding career.

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