1. IT’S EMPOWERING:
You start making less excuses and as a result, start getting more of what you really want out of life. As you train with your new teammates in a welcoming environment, it's easy to become invested in getting better. Your mind and body are presented with stimulating new challenges AS WELL AS the opportunity/resources to conquer them. BJJ is a game not based on chance but on choices, hard work and experience. The harder your push yourself, the better you get. YOU are in full control of your progress and all you have to do is keep showing up. This attitude adjustment creeps into every aspect of your life making you more proactive in going after the things you want and more disciplined in achieving them.
2. ITS FUN. REALLY FUN:
BJJ has a unique playful and game-like quality that is reminiscent of wrestling with friends and siblings for fun as a kid. You don't mind being sweaty, out of breath and defeated by your training partners. You're playing HUMAN CHESS! Your mind is too busy having fun, learning and being rewarded to care that your body is engaged in an intense workout. You are pumped full of endorphins and after a healthy meal and some rest, you can't wait to go again! You start looking for ways to train, find solutions to areas of difficulty and enthusiastically try to out do yourself every class.
3. IT GETS YOU IN AMAZING SHAPE:
Your body is constantly in motion at various intensities throughout your 1 to 2.5h at the academy. Whether you are slowly reviewing steps or trying them out when rolling, your body is gaining agility, speed, strength, flexibility, endurance and muscle memory. You are burning a lot of calories a couple times a week and you're surrounded by people who are also interested in adopting healthier eating habits and lifestyle choices. This mentality becomes contagious so the way you care for your body begins to change on it's own.
7. PERSONAL GROWTH TOGETHER:
BJJ is unique. You are fully responsible for yourself, your training and your performance but we work very closely as a team. In fact, you can't do BJJ without your teammates. Your 4Points teammates become your friends and you build close bonds with them based on mutual respect, shared experience, support and acceptance. They push you, encourage you, teach you, learn from you and rely on you not just to do your best, but to push them to do the same. Many students use BJJ as a way to strengthen existing bonds with friends, family and partners. We have parents who train with their kids, couples, siblings and friends who start their BJJ journey together and become closer as a result.
8. SELF DEFENCE:
Stephen Kesting said it best: “The single most important thing you can do is to become comfortable with close proximity and non-sexual physical contact. If you’re talking to a cashier 5 feet away then you’re probably feeling comfortable. If that person comes out from behind the register and stands with his or her forehead 2 inches away from yours then things just got weird and you might freak out and/or freeze. But that’s exactly what happens in a fight or in an assault. Unless you train in grappling and desensitize yourself to this range, your brain can shut off on you, and you need to keep thinking all the time in situations like this!”