Often we are asked, is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a martial art which can be practiced safely?
To start, we will establish that training is not quite the same as genuine competition or a real life emergency situation. When learning and training BJJ, you will be subjected to intense workouts, both mentally and physically. Be that as it may, intense doesn't have to mean risky or dangerous. You'll most likely get a few bumps, bruises or sore muscles, however nothing that is momentous. These are situations which are not common, and should not be something a novice needs to worry about. That being said, accidents happen inside and outside of the gym, so preparation and safety is key.
Ultimately, martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are logical practices. There ought to be a fitting motivation behind each action and technique which you perform. Our mentors and professors are there to teach us the most fitting techniques in the safest way possible. In any Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy, the head instructor’s advice should always be followed.
As a beginner, your presentation as a white belt may often be frustrating. One may vulnerability towards specific scenarios or techniques; nonetheless, this is common amongst all white belts, so focus on your safety and put aside any other stresses. Everybody in the academy must practice and experience safety to ensure a great environment. Part of keeping our members safe is highlighting the importance of the tap-out.
Simply put, tapping out is a way to keep everybody safe while practicing a variety of techniques. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is still an extremely formidable martial art which is known for chokes and locks which can cause serious damage. Because of this, all students must fully understand the concept of tapping.
How can one approach properly training BJJ with the potential dangers? That is the place tapping comes in. For beginners, knowing when to tap out is important, but also can come with hesitations. Some people will associate tapping out with losing or giving up, whereas this should not be the perception during training. Certain positions and submissions can be a scary situation – if you don’t feel comfortable or don’t know how to escape you should immediately tap. In most situations, physically tapping your opponent is the best way to do this.
You should only train at academies with a high level of trust and a positive atmosphere to ensure safety is the priority. This will let you know that all of the practitioners take safety and tapping out very seriously. We’re proud of our safe and beginner-friendly atmosphere at both of our locations. Check out some of our programs and contact us today!