Thoughts After 1 Month of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Is BJJ the right martial art for you?

Steven Ma
8 min readJan 11, 2023
Photo by Joshua Jamias on Unsplash

If you’re considering starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I’ll share with you my thoughts after training for about a month. I’m going to talk about why I started, what my experience has been at my gym, and whether or not I think it’s worth it to keep going.

If you’re looking into a martial art, or considering whether Jujitsu is right for you, this might help you in making a decision.

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

First let’s talk briefly about what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is (also written as jujitsu and BJJ). Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling instead of punching and kicking. It’s very similar to wrestling. The goal is to take your opponent to the ground and submit them — meaning you get them in an arm lock, foot lock, or head lock where they have to tap out.

I won’t go into the history of BJJ, but you can read up on where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu came from here.

Why I Started Jujitsu

I was at a very stressful time in my life. From work to family to other circumstances, I found myself losing my temper often. So I needed an outlet to release my pent up stress and energy. Exercise is a natural way to do that…