We talk a lot in the Jiu-Jitsu community about the health benefits training in BJJ provides but what happens is we get so focused on the actual training and the lifestyle that we don’t see the effects Jiu-Jitsu has on the body. Then 5 or 6 years later someone reminds you of what you looked like when you first started….
Dan Katz started at our academy back in April of 2010. The photo of Dan doing the Captain Morgan was taken 2 months prior to starting at our academy. He weighed 220lbs. The other photo is much more recent but Danny has been in excellent shape for several years now, he averages around 150lbs.
That’s what is so great about BJJ, it’s about truth on the mat. At 220lbs Danny couldn’t move on the ground, he would get tired and winded fast. Jiu-Jitsu brings out a truth that the latest work out craze or the treadmill that now doubles as a clothing rack doesn’t. The truth is if you are getting on that treadmill or that workout video a couple times a week or as time allows, you’re really not making a change. You’re what I call “maintaining a feeling of a healthy lifestyle”. Yes you are doing well for the health of your heart, but you’re not making a substantial change to yourself.
Whether Dan knew it or not, he embraced the BJJ lifestyle. He looked at himself and realized he needed to eat a healthier diet, he needed to improve his cardio, he needed to strengthen his muscles, and he needed to improve his flexibility. Of course these things didn’t happen overnight, they happened slowly as a result of the truth he was experiencing on the mat during training.
Today, Dan is a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu, has done extremely well in competition and is an instructor of our beginners program.
You don’t need to be in good shape to start Jiu-Jitsu, you just have to want to make a change. Find your own truth and embrace a healthy lifestyle not because someone told you on TV that in 30 days you would be a new you…The reality is that change takes time, but more importantly it takes motivation. “If you have a passion for a thing, then that thing gives you all the motivation you need” That’s the truth of Jiu-Jitsu.
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