dreamstime_xxl_38195607We’ve said it time and again: Brazilian jiu-jitsu is about the ability of someone who is smaller and not as strong to be able to overpower someone who is larger and stronger. That’s the basic tenet of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and its predecessor, jiu-jitsu.

But does strength play any part in determining who will win in the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu??

Strength does play a part: Imagine you have two people who are exactly equal, both mentally and physically, when it comes to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. At that point, strength is going to decide the match. It will help you keep the other person in a lock or help you get out of one of theirs.

Strength protects your bones: Chances are you’re never going to break a bone in a martial arts class, whether it’s one of our classes or not. But when you weight train in order to advance your martial art, you are strengthening your bones as well. It’s always better to be prepared for anything, so this is an excellent side benefit.

Strength makes you healthier: When you experience martial arts weight training, you build muscles. When you do that, you’re losing fat, which is going to make you healthier. Any exercise (including weight training) is going to increase your stamina, which is going to make you a better sparrer; the longer you can fight, the better chance you have of winning.

Weight training can help you become the best martial artist you can be. It helps in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, mixed martial arts, and muay thai kickboxing. Find out more about our martial arts fitness classes here.