Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art form that relies on grappling techniques to control or subdue an adversary with a minimum amount of expended effort as well as a minimum amount of physical harm to either involved party. It focuses on joint locks, submissions, and choke holds to deter or prevent violence or physical harm from an attacker. It relies on technical prowess rather than physical strength to accomplish these goals, rendering it a viable self-defense option for any person to learn, regardless of physical stature. Man. Woman. Child. Anyone can be have effective self-defense techniques when learned from the proper instructor and practiced in the right manner.
But Jiu-Jitsu is so much more than a means to counteract physical aggression. It is also a path that one can use to develop personality, emotional well-being, and overall health. The improvements to a person's physical ability are immediately visible to the student while the improvement of self-discipline is recognized by those around him.
Non-Physical Benefits Include, but are not limited to: enhanced mental concentration, healthier personal relationships, and a more positive attitude. Physical benefits are many, but the most commonly noticed are: improved balance and coordination, flexibility, and endurance. Also, many overall health benefits can be gained from a healthy exercise regimen, but, specifically, from Jiu-Jitsu: increased muscle tone, definition, and strength; increased cardiovascular health and lowered blood pressure; increased joint mobility; and increased respiratory health.