4 Ways BJJ Helps Relieve Stress

Ahh, the holiday season is upon us. Whether you get starry-eyed at all the magic or your inner introvert starts prematurely panicking, this is undeniably a stressful time of year. From the socializing to the spending, the food to the family time, there’s a lot going on. Fortunately for BJJ practitioners, their activity of choice […]

The Value of BJJ as Functional Fitness

You’ve got your weight lifting, your power lifting, and your… functional fitness? If you’re not familiar with the term, it describes the most supportive and arguably most important form of fitness you can do. Functional fitness is strength training that’s designed to mimic daily life — all the bending, lifting, loading, pulling, squatting, pushing, and […]

Do I Need to Be in Shape to Start BJJ?

Adults interested in starting BJJ tend to have questions, and chief among them relates to whether they’re physically fit enough to start or if it makes more sense to lose weight first. It’s a good question with an easy answer. Just come as you are. Getting In Shape is a Perk Among the many benefits […]

For Kids, BJJ is About Way More than Self Defense

If you search for anything relating to BJJ for kids, you’ll get a million hits relating to making them “bully proof.” And sure, learning self-defense skills are a selling point. But the real reason training BJJ makes kids less likely to become victims of the schoolyard bully isn’t because they know how to do an […]

There are More Benefits to BJJ than Self-Defense Skills

One of the standard reasons for starting Brazilian jiu jitsu is learning self-defense skills. And while that’s certainly true, that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. It’s easy to reason out a few of the perks of BJJ – you’ll get faster and stronger and more agile – but some of the most important benefits aren’t […]

Do I Need to be in Shape to Start BJJ?

Brazilian jiu jitsu is a physically challenging grappling art, which means it stands to reason that you can only do it if you’re at your physical peak. Right? Wrong! If you’re interested in getting started with BJJ, but worry that you can’t start until you get into better shape, think again. Get started as you are […]

The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of BJJ for Women

Look online for the benefits of BJJ for women, and you’ll find article after article relating to self defense. Sure, picking up some self-defense skills is a huge plus for the art of grappling, but it really just scratches the surface. Here are the not-so-obvious benefits of BJJ for women. the great equalizer BJJ is […]

3 Reasons Pretty Much Everyone Should Start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

It’s officially spring, and if you stumbled a bit on those fitness-related New Year’s resolutions, you may be thinking about starting fresh. We love that idea, but before you re-up at the gym or start researching local 10ks, take a few minutes to think about something different. Here are three reasons pretty much everyone should start […]

Three Great Reasons Women Benefit from BJJ (Beyond Self Defense)

When a woman is considering starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, she’s bound to hear that it’s a great way to “learn how to defend yourself.” Sure, that’s true, but there’s so much more to it than just self defense. Here are three great reasons that women benefit from BJJ. size doesn’t matter One of the most satisfying aspects of […]

Think You Can’t Do BJJ? Think Again.

If you’ve ever secretly found yourself thinking about starting Brazilian jiu jitsu, but worry that you aren’t fit enough, fast enough, or anything enough, this post is for you. It was Dave Camarillo who said, “Train with everyone,” and that’s exactly what we do here at the Guerrilla school at Freestyle Martial Arts in Reno. We […]