“Misconceptions and facts of BJJ”

Misconceptions and facts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Please read this blog “Misconceptions and facts of BJJ”, written by my friend Tom DeBlass, a Ricardo Almeida blackbelt and owner of Ocean County BJJ Academy. http://oceancountybjj.com
There are many miscconceptions about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which is in my opinion the  most practical martial art there is.  Furthermore it has been proven so in combat competition.  However most people automatically link in Mixed Martial Arts and UFC with Jiu-Jitsu.
1.  The fact of the matter is, most of the students in my Academy NEVER want to compete, and I like it that way.  I have doctors, lawyers, school teachers, law enforcement, gas station workers, and basically people from all different walks of life on the mats.
2.  Many people think you are forced to live train and spar.  This is wrong.  While rolling live is encouraged it is never mandatory.  Many students come and take the work out to stay in shape and be around positive people with similar goals.
3.  Did you know you burn an average of 1,000 calories in 1 one hour class?
4.  People think they can get the same workout in the gym as they can in a reputable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy.  People are WRONG.  As I do encourage people to use a gym it is not the same.  While there are many disciplined people who train at gyms to stay in great shape, it is still very different.  On the mats you build bonds that are almost impossible to break.  Its a brotherhood and sisterhood only those training can understand.
5.  Many people think it is to late to start training.  WRONG.  It is never to late and the moment you step on the mats you should be treated like you have been there for YEARS.  Everyone should welcome you with open arms and be eager to help you.  Also we have different classes for different levels my friends.
6.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GET IN SHAPE TO TRAIN!!!  Training is what is going to get you in shape.  I have seen people lose over 100 lbs on the mats with hard work and dedication.
I hope all if you truly give this life changing martial art a chance, I promise it will be one of the best decisions you have ever made.  God Bless, Tom DeBlass