Happy Father's Day to all those Jiu Jitsu Dads

Happy Father's Day to all those Jiu Jitsu Dads

Your Dad doesn't train Jiu-jitsu? Well happy mothers day to your Dad. Ha ha, just joking. We thought we would give a shout out to all the awesome dads who share martial arts with their kids at our Lafayette Academy.

Jude Meche and son

Mark Boudreaux and son

James Palmer and daughter

Tommy Cho and son

Tommy Dauphin and daughter

Daniel Larken and children

Aren Chiasson and daughter

Shane Gaspard and son

John Champagne and children

and all the other dads that train with us.

 Jiu Jitsu is a great way for dads to reach goals and improve their overall quality of life. Here are 7 reasons why dads train:

1. Practical Self Defense – Jiu Jitsu has been marketed as one of the most effective martial arts for self-defense where the smaller and less athletic individual can defend themselves against larger and stronger assailants. Jiu Jitsu relies on efficient techniques that are practiced in live sparring situations that are closer to simulating a one-on-one situation. Many techniques taught in Jiu Jitsu are applicable in street self defense including clinching an attacker while on your feet, defending yourself on the ground off your back, defending chokes, when and how to apply over hooks and under hooks, and escaping an assailant who grabs you from behind.

2. Great Workout/Get in Shape – After a 60 or 90-minute Jiu Jitsu class, your body and gi will be soaked in sweat. Jiu Jitsu is a great workout that incorporates every part of your body. From the warm ups consisting of jogging and calisthenics to the continued movement throughout the classes, you will be expanding and contracting muscles you might not of ever used before. Even for experienced practitioners, this will be a great workout especially if they work with a heavy training partner or drill their techniques at a faster pace. After the warm ups and drilling, the rolling will really elevate the heart rate. You and your training partner will now be providing resistance and will be working to advance position and submit your training partner. Classes have been reported to burn between 400 to 1,000 calories per session depending on your size and the pace and intensity of the classes. 

3. Learn Something New- One of the ways to keep your brain sharp and find happiness in life is to keep on learning new skills in life. Once we leave school and move on to the workforce, life can become very monotonous and dull. Unlike going to a traditional gym or marching to the beat of a spin or aerobics instructor, you are constantly learning new self-defense and body movement skills in Jiu Jitsu. Our curriculum incorporates learning practical self-defense, fundamental movements and body positioning, transitions, submissions, and fighting off an assailant. Jiu Jitsu is constantly evolving with new techniques and the learning for both the novice and the more experiences practitioners is a continual ongoing process for all levels.

4. Meet New People – Jiu Jitsu classes are a great way to meet new people. It could take time to warm up to classmates and vice versa, but if you give it time, you will make great friends. Part of what makes Jiu Jitsu practitioners very friendly is that they work out their stress and are constantly humbled on the mat, which keeps their ego in check. Joe Rogan had this great quote about people in Jiu Jitsu during his black belt speech.

 

5. Relieve Stress – Life is very stressful with work, bills, schools, family, and traffic to name a few. Stress can cause many physical and mental health issues including headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety. Training in Jiu Jitsu causes many chemical reactions in the body that help relieve stress, forget about our problems in life, and feel more satisfied and positive about life. 

6. Learn Humility –Through the process of training and sparring in Jiu Jitsu in the right environment, you will become a more humble and empathetic person. When you are starting as a new white belt, it will be a very overwhelming experience where you will be learning and practicing body movements and concepts that will challenge you both physically and mentally. There will be times where you will be lost and feel inadequate. Yet, at the same time, our coaches and training partners who have gone through the same experiences will be helping you learn in a very patient manner. There will be times when you are sparring and you are caught in a submission where your opponent could tighten the hold, but doesn’t in order to protect your health and then teaches you how to escape the position. These experiences along your journey will teach you very practical human lessons on being kind, humble, patient, empathetic, and nurturing that you can apply to all aspects of your life.

7. Build Confidence – The combination of many of the points above including learning something new, meeting new people, becoming more humble, testing your comfort zone, and learning to deal with stress are all parts of a recipe for building your self-confidence. There have been many inspiring success where Jiu Jitsu was the catalyst for weight loss and gaining the self-confidence to pursue and build a better life.


 



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