Becoming a Jiu-Jitsu Master
The internet can be your mentor in modern times.
YouTube tutorials can teach you anything from the
newest graphic design software to the basics of the
two step to the finer details of building a rocket
Google searches can bring you to websites that offer
the best knowledge around. And a lot of the time, this
knowledge is available at no extra cost to you.
Certain skills need to be mentored though. Theory
alone cannot teach you life experience that comes
from the teachings of a master.
In fact, it can be argued that the best way to learn any trade is through mentorship. Blacksmiths don’t
become good at their trade just because they independently study it out themselves.
They figure out how to determine the proper color, strength and heat of a fire perfect for making a
sword through countless trial and error sessions spent with the master. It used to be that one interested
in learning a skill needed to spend many years working under the careful watch of a master.
Blacksmiths would take on apprentices in their youth. From the time they were a child, kids would be
taken into a smith’s shop to begin learning the tricks of the trade.
That way, when they were old enough to be considered a man, they would have all the skills necessary
to do it. The student became the master.
This same concept applies to the martial arts. Locals from Provo looking to learn Brazilian Jiu-jitsu should
find a master to teach them.
It is a pristine and precise art that takes just as long as a blacksmith to perfect. Interested participants
should join young, when their bodies are limber and hard techniques are easily mastered.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defense technique that teaches you the finer details of taking someone off
balance. Often times the bullies are the bigger and stronger guys around.
You won’t often find the smaller and weaker people beating on those around them. That doesn’t mean
they couldn’t know how to defend themselves should one of the bigger ones come around.
Jiu-Jitsu exploits the weaknesses of others. It uses
leverage to set an attacker off balance, giving the
user an advantage to get away or take control of
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also teaches you to find simple
ways to subdue your opponent. These techniques
will help you do it without needing much
Finding a pressure point, cutting off a windpipe or pressuring a bone to the point of breaking can cause
enough pain or distraction to subdue the strongest assailants without needing to work out at the job.
Learn to throw body weight in the right places and you can do any of these things to anyone.
If this is the type of sport for you, find a way to get involved. Locals in Provo will do good to look for
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu masters around town to learn from.
Start early and master the sport as you grow older. You’ll find it an incredibly addicting hobby.
And who knows? Maybe one day, the student will become master. You could open your own gym one
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