Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo, CA

Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo

The Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Fitness and Self-Defense

We’d all like to be healthy, as well as physically and mentally fit; and today more than ever, many of us are searching for something different and stimulating to do, something that will add a heightened sense of fulfilment to our lives.

What Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an excellent way to accomplish all of the above with the added benefit of learning one of the most effective forms of self-defense. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was first made popular through martial arts programming on television, consistently gaining popularity over the years. Today Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sells tickets in record numbers in Ultimate Fighting Championship arenas throughout the entire world.

Defined by the Japanese as “gentle art,” Jiu Jitsu is a ground-based martial arts technique that easily immobilizes an opponent without causing much harm, with training that leans largely toward non-violence and self-defense. While traditional martial arts are unchanging, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is constantly evolving, incorporating new techniques and eliminating the less effective techniques.

The Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy welcomes people of all ages, skill levels and from all walks of life. At Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo, you can learn one of the fastest growing sports in the world from the first Ultimate Fighting Champion in the world – lead Instructor Marcelo Lucena (Professor Bob).  Born and raised in the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Marcelo rose through the ranks of this prestigious sport with its largest legends.

Mindful of the vast benefits of consistent training and advancement, when he is not busy training the students of the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo academy, Professor Bob keeps up to date with the latest techniques and continues to personally train and compete at a Black Belt Master level in tournaments including the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation World Master in Las Vegas.

Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo students gain a solid foundation ad understanding through a melding of modern Brazilian and traditional martial arts training. Whether you are an energetic teen, a health conscious adult or a soccer mom who is looking for effective self-defense training, you will be treated like family when you join the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo team. From competition training black belts to beginners simply striving to become more active and open to what life has to offer, Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo provides the perfect venue for teaching you proper Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques and positions within a safe and controlled environment.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Improved Fitness

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu conditioning offers a high-intensity work-out for the full body; and the incredible work-out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu provides results in improved physical fitness and mental outlook, as well as better health and even stress reduction. The training for this dynamic sport can result in numerous health benefits including an increase in strength and endurance. It also pushes the body into a more fluid state, promoting flexibility and an increased range of motion. Other advantages of participation in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are the improvements of balance, coordination and an overall body awareness which can all help to avoid injury. It is also not uncommon to burn upwards of 500 calories during a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu conditioning, promoting optimal weight management as well. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training can improve heart health, circulation (and, subsequently, memory) and sleep patterns. Plus, it releases endorphins which can reduce depression and simply make you feel good.

Aside from improving your overall physical and mental condition, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu participants can enjoy a variety of benefits including:

  • Trying and succeeding in something exciting and new
  • Joining a group of positive people and making new friends
  • Building self-confidence
  • Developing a teamwork skills
  • Becoming more disciplined

…all of which are valuable skills that can result in a life that is more fulfilled and better equip you for all the things life may toss your way.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Self-Defense

From practical use to competition, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is also a highly effective method of self-defense. So effective, in fact, that it is used as the method of choice for hand-to-hand combat training at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, one of the largest military bases in the country.

Given rise from street fighting and no holds barred competitions in Brazil, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique is based on practicality, making it highly effective in real life situations. Most people don’t have experience defending themselves on the ground, where 90% of one-on-one confrontations end up taking place. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is highly focused on ground training; and at the Ralph Gracie Academy in Mission Viejo, California, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques and positions taught in class are those proven most effective in real life situations.

The Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy team is proud of our incredible journey, which began back in 1996 after Kodokan Judo Master Mitsuyo Maeda met and taught members of the Gracie family the art of Judo in Brazil; and we are pleased that we have been able to transform the lives of so many. Over the years, Ralph Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coaches and instructors have cultivated a welcoming, friendly atmosphere, built upon camaraderie, respect and genuine caring.

If you are interested in training and conditioning to improve your health and fitness with the added benefit of stress relief and exceptional self-defense training, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu may be for you. Come train with us and become part of the family at the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.

Simply call 949-400-7108 for more information, class schedules or a personal tour of Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy at 26861 Trabuco Road #H, Mission Viejo, CA or email ralphgraciemv@gmail.com. And if you are on the fence and might be more comfortable if you could experience first-hand what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo is all about, you are also welcome to sign up for a free class to see what you think!