In Jiu-Jitsu, as with any martial art, training generally takes place in an indoor environment, with plenty of physical contact, heat and sweat. Jiu-Jitsu, by and large, is practiced by healthy people. Nevertheless, besides being healthy, practitioners have to be meticulous in tending to their personal hygiene.
First, they need to get a full health assessment by having a good medical check-up, and that includes with a cardiologist, since recent events in soccer and volleyball have shown us even young athletes can have heart problems when performing prolonged exertion. Once you’ve undergone a good medical evaluation, training will be a good deal safer for you and the teacher.
As for hygiene, anyone who trains on a regular basis will now and again encounter a training partner whose gi reeks, whose fingernails and feet are filthy, who doesn’t take the trouble to care for their personal hygiene. In some instances, a mat mate is visibly suffering from a cold or is sick. These problems aren’t just unpleasant; they’re a health hazard to everyone else training in the same environment.
If you train on a regular basis you should have at least two gis, since gi fabric is heavy and takes a long time to dry. The stench could come from the gi not having been properly washed, but it could also come from the gi being damp, not having been fully dried. It’s in precisely these moist conditions where fungi and bacteria thrive and multiply.
If you’ve come down with the flu or some virus, keep in mind that by training you might end up spreading the illness to everyone else at the Jiu-Jitsu school, even to those who don’t come in physical contact with you. Disease doesn’t spread only by air, but by cross infection, whereby the virus is communicated directly to a colleague, who then passes it on to a third person with whom he has contact. Often even the teacher isn’t spared. That being the case, infirm athletes shouldn’t take part in collective training. When in doubt, consult a doctor to find out whether it’s all right to train with others.
You need to be conscientious, because it isn’t easy for a teacher to keep tabs on the health and hygiene of all his students. Mat mates can help by giving a “nudge in the right direction” to anyone who repeatedly neglects to take proper care of themselves or uses an unserviceable gi. After all, Jiu-Jitsu is synonymous with health.
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Jiu-Jitsu is safety
Safety is what we initially require when we are putting our kids into something relatively new to us (and especially to them). Getting them to train Jiu-Jitsu is perfectly safe. There is practically a 0% incident rate when kids get into Jiu-Jitsu. For one thing, Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu carry an honest, well thought out system that is designed to instruct kids and pair kids to practice with other kids.
Kids need a role model outside household
It is typical for kids to find role models outside the household. There is a difference between having parents as role models, and having another person as one. Children often identify themselves with role models outside of the household. Typically these are individuals whom they may share common interests with.
Kids need tangible goals
Kids today have goals. But are these goals fruitful? Are the goals of gaining a higher level in online video games, or becoming the most popular in school, goals that will help them in the future?
Kids who get into martial arts will have tangible goals. Something that they can measure and be proud of. Getting them into the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu - Kids Martial Arts Program will surely give them the boost and the goals that they need to be better individuals.
Jiu-Jitsu teaches children great habits
Young kids need do develop good habits. It can be anything from being early for martial arts class, to being polite and courteous in their Dojos, to preparing their Gis, to even being conscious of their hygiene. Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu is known to have a strong kids program that propagates and promote these things.
Research also suggests that physically active children grow up to be less prone to stress and have a higher than most emotional quotient.
Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Canberra is the best place to make new friends
Is your child a bit shy? Is your child having a hard time meeting new people and making new friends? Getting them into Jiu-Jitsu can help bring out the inner tiger in them. Think of Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu as a place where your kids can develop great habits and goals with lots of martial arts and a lot of other kids wearing a good-looking uniform!
There is a long standing notion by some members of society that women are weak. This thinking is backwards, and false, and is certainly incorrect on many levels. Women are not weak individuals; however society has falsely etched the stigma on women. BJJ will teach you how to be aware of danger situation, the basic anatomy of an attack to women, and how to properly disable attackers. Avoiding attacks and confrontations should always come first.
Although, for us, women should be a part of a great movement known to all as Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone! While commonly misconstrued as a male-dominated art, Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Canberra aims to bridge the gap and relieve the world of the mindset that “Jiu-Jitsu (and martial arts in general) is only for the guys.”
How Jiu-Jitsu can help you to have a better life.
With an increasing number of Female Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, a lot of women are taking interest in the most effective martial art. Here are some of the few basic and practical reasons how women can benefit from practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
1. It increases endurance – You can begin practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at any fitness level. However, over time, you’ll find your endurance increases because of the requirements of the sport.
2. It increases flexibility- – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s moves will require you to move in ways that are unfamiliar, at first. However, as the moves become easier, you’ll find that you’ve increased your overall flexibility.
3. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu builds muscle – Over time, even without weight training, you’ll find that your muscle tone and muscle mass have increased.
4. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu increases your aerobic capacity – This is a great workout – and you’ll find that you have greater aerobic capacity after a time. You’ll likely lose a few pounds, too, especially if you practice another aerobic exercise, like running, biking or swimming, on your off days.
5. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu increases your confidence level – The knowledge that you can defend yourself against an opponent is very powerful. When we believe our bodies are strong, we feel better physically and mentally.
6. Practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu reduces stress – Like any physically challenging exercise, practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great way to reduce stress by taking out your frustrations on your opponent – or just on a practice bag. You’ll find you’re more relaxed and sleep better.
7. Jiu-Jitsu improves your focus and concentration – This sport requires mental concentration as you anticipate your opponent’s next move and formulate your own plan for defense and attack. This forced concentration helps you be better able to focus your mind during practice – and for other tasks, as well.
As you can see, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great all around sport. You’ll increase your fitness level and reduce your stress level. And, perhaps most importantly, you’ll gain the skills to protect yourself in the event of an attack, and the confidence that goes along with the knowledge that you are capable of self defense.
Ribeiro Canberra - Fundamentals Class
10) Discipline. Probably a cliche when it comes to martial arts, but if you can be disciplined about your training, this will carry over to other aspects of your life. Judging from the rampant levels of procrastination, I’m sure we could all use a little more of this in our lives.
9) Positive environment. A jiu-jitsu dojo is almost certainly the most positive environment you’ll ever be in. It’s filled with people constantly trying to improve their jiu-jitsu, to improve themselves, which doesn’t leave much time to judge others. With all the negativity we experience throughout the day, such an uplifting place is a welcome relief, an oasis if you will.
8) You need to get in shape. If you need to get in shape, few things will actually work your entire body like a jiu-jitsu class. The warm up alone will leave you gasping for air. Actually, it’s not uncommon for newcomers to drop out midway through their first class. Do not let this deter you. This is almost like a badge of honor. As long as you keep trying, you’ll be in great shape before you know it.
7) Lack of confidence. So you’re not that confident in yourself? Jiu-jitsu builds your self esteem in a way that few things can. When you first start, almost all of the concepts are completely foreign to you. As you continue to train over time, you become more familiar and more comfortable with all of the techniques, and your understanding grows. As your jiu-jitsu grows, your confidence in your jiu-jitsu grows with it, and this translates to higher self-esteem even outside of the dojo.
6) You’re stressin’ out. You’re really stressed out, and you need someway to get rid of it? Exercise comes highly recommended in terms of stress relief, and jiu-jitsu takes that to the next level. Whereas other forms of exercise only focus on a few areas, jiu-jitsu utilizes every part of your body, leaving you cool as a cucumber when you’re done.
5) Interpersonal relationships. You’re not a people person. I get it. Guess what, jiu-jitsu makes you a great people person. When you’re in a place where everyone is helping each other out, and you can be yourself, you start learning how to interact with people better. First you start to be really social with the people on the mat, then you realize your social skills are better no matter where you are.
4) Follow through. A lot of people have the issue of not finishing what they’ve started. Jiu-jitsu teaches us to follow through. When you’re training, if you’re trying to submit someone, it might take you four or five tries to get the submission. If you gave up after your first try, you’d never succeed. Jiu-jitsu teaches us to persevere, to follow through.
3) Good habits. Jiu-jitsu often forces us to create not only good habits, but healthy habits. You’ll start waking up early, going to bed early, eating healthy, doing even more exercise outside of jiu-jitsu, reading more. Heck, you might even quit smoking. Don’t believe jiu-jitsu can do all that? Start training and tell me how those Big Macs are working out for you.
2) Setting and achieving goals. When you start jiu-jitsu, you should be making a goal, and that goal is to achieve your black belt. But jiu-jitsu doesn’t make you create a ridiculously long term goal. No one ever sticks with those – unless you break it up into smaller goals. When you focus on achieving each belt, goals that last only 1-2 years, or even focus on learning a new move, goals that last a few days, or your personal fitness goals, it’s easy to see how jiu-jitsu teaches us to set goals and achieve them.
1) Self defense. The best reason to learn jiu-jitsu is for self defense. It was created for that purpose, to level the playing field, so that smaller and weaker people could handle themselves against bigger and stronger opponents. Some people think they’ll never be in a situation where they’ll need to defend themselves. Why take that risk? I’m not talking about a bar room brawl, I’m talking about someone mugging you at knife point while you’re alone in the middle of the night. Or some drunk guy is getting a little too loud and a little too close on the train. Unfortunately, if you hit him, you’ll be the one in trouble with the law. This is why jiu-jitsu is so versatile – it gives you a middle ground. It gives you tools to neutralize a threat that doesn’t have to end with you punching someone in the face, or breaking someone’s arm. These options are there if you need them, but you have alternatives.
Jacob Finn, Olivia Phengrasmy, Nam Do and Nathan Fry.
The newest Green Belts from Ribeiro Canberra!
The journey has just begun!!! Congratulations and the Ribeiro Family is very proud of you guys.