By Robin Swain
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is defined as a “self-defense martial art and combat sport based on grappling, ground fighting and submission holds.” BJJ is considered the ultimate functional fitness. It is one of the highest calorie burning activities you can do combining cardio, mobility and resistance training.
Professor Jay Udelhoven, when explaining Promotions to the team said, “Compare yourself to you, not your teammates. Look at yourself for your progress.” Professor Fabiano Scherner added, “Jiu-Jitsu is the longest journey to a black belt. On average it takes about 10 years to achieve,” he continued, “Mistakes are part of the journey. If you do not make mistakes, you learn nothing. Enjoy the journey.”
When asked if BJJ is a good form of self-defense for women Jay replied, “BJJ is a good form of self defense for both women and men. Having said that, all forms of martial arts have their strength and weaknesses, whether done for sport or self-defense. Understanding that and appreciating this is key,” said Udelhoven.
Q: Will you be offering an all women’s BJJ class?
A: We need 10 women to start an all women’s training class. Who’s in for the ultimate workout?
Q: Have you considered creating a BJJ youth team?
A: We have received several requests for a youth class as our current classes are limited to high school ages and above. My goal is to train up one or two current adult students who have children and want to teach. Once they are ready we will be able to open up classes for youths. Unless someone new joins us who is already proficient, youth classes are probably at least one year away.
Q: Is there anything health wise that could/should prevent someone from starting BJJ?
A: Everyone should get approval from their health care provider before starting any new athletic endeavor, including BJJ. BJJ is a ground based martial art, so there is a lot of physical contact. Even so, we try to accommodate any limitations people have as best as possible. Ultimately, it’s up to each student what they can and want to do. If people are curious , they are welcome to come watch a class before committing further.
Q: If not BJJ what else do you offer/suggest for self defense?
A: In terms of self-defense, I suggest: 1) Avoid potentially dangerous situations; 2) Always be aware of your surroundings; 3) Be prepared to act; and 4) Act (run, hide, negotiate, fight).
Also, almost any type of physical and mental improvement is going to help people in a self-defense situation and in life. Being more active. Eating better. Sleeping more. Drinking less alcohol. Avoiding drugs.
We also offer Yoga, Meditation and Kick boxing.
Q: What is the hardest thing about BJJ?
A: The hardest part of BJJ is walking through the door the first time! We encourage everyone to come in and give it a try! Stop by our gym at 212 N Hwy 101 in Rockaway Beach, or go to their website at www.rockawaybjj.net for more information.