If you do a Google search of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you will find that almost every description of it is as follows.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a sport and martial art that by using technique and leverage, a smaller and weaker person can subdue and control a bigger and stronger opponent. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on control and submissions including but not limited to joint locks and blood strangles/chokes. It teaches the student to control and regulate breath and how to relax during the fight or flight reflex.
"if size mattered, the elephant
would be king of the jungle"
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has proven this to be true in a lot of different ways. Just watch any of the first couple of UFC's and you will see how dominant BJJ is. BJJ is a huge part of MMA, because a large percentage of MMA fights end up on the ground at one point and if you lack skill in BJJ and ground defense, you will end up in the losers column more often than not.
However, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is so much more. It's about making lifelong friends. It's about challenging yourself to become the best person you can be. It's creating and fulfilling goals, whether they are physical or mental. Yes, we are learning how to fight and to survive an altercation, but we are also learning how to be better people. To me, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a conduit to a better and more enriching lifestyle. Gone are the days of being lazy and bored. Every class is a challenge. There are no easy days. And that's the way it should be. If it's hard, it's worth doing. If you are ready for a change or eager to try something new, maybe Acadia Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for you.