BJJ Poll: Assuming Jiu-Jitsu Has Had a Positive Impact on Your Fitness, If You Weren't Training BJJ, Would You Be Training Another Sport and Just as Healthy?

by Caleb on October 17, 2009


A lot of us who train Brazilian jiu-jitsu are in pretty good shape. I think that is a conservative statement. Back in July 2008 we covered weight loss in BJJ, relaying the stories of several guys who can attribute their great health now to simply training jiu-jitsu. It is a fact: training BJJ is a terrific way to keep fit.

But what I am wondering this time in our weekly BJJ poll is whether people in our community would be in the same great shape they are in if there was no jiu-jitsu. Heck, maybe they would be hooked on something else like hiking, soccer, or some other physical activity. But maybe there’s something special about BJJ that attracts some people who would not be involved in anything at all. Maybe if there were no jiu-jitsu, the folks who train BJJ now would be avid couch potatoes!

So let us know what you think by voting in this week’s BJJ Poll, and leave a comment below! What would you be doing if you did not have BJJ in your life?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Farm Jitsu October 18, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I used to spend most of my spare time travelling the New Zealand coast lines searching for the perfect waves … now I spend most of my spare time on the matts. Damn I miss surfing!

slideyfoot October 20, 2009 at 4:23 am

I used to train a stand-up martial art before BJJ, but eventually shifted over completely to grappling. The other style (Zhuan Shu Kuan, which is basically kickboxing) is something I did at uni, so I wouldn’t have been able to keep that up since moving too far away from Warwick. So most likely I would have pottered about looking for kickboxing type stuff in my area, then given up.

BJJ, on the other hand, has a way of forcing you to desperately seek it out no matter where you are. Hence why I’ve managed to keep it up despite moving about five times this year: I definitely wouldn’t have had that motivation if I was doing any other sport, especially as I’ve never been sporty anyway.

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