He likes to spend time at the computer, even joining a computer club at school, creating Michael Bridges who could have weighed 350 pounds (about 158.7 kg). Moreover, this hobby is done while engrossed in eating foods high in sugar, carbohydrates, and other unhealthy foods. Furthermore, Bridges is not a person who likes to exercise. In 2017, when he entered 33 years, Bridges’ weight also continued to rise from that number. He is also aware that he must change.
One of the boosters is when watching himself in front of a mirror. Not that he never tried to lose weight. It has been decided many times, but it often fails. However, this time he tried to start from one step, namely to cut the consumption of processed foods.
On the other hand, it increases the consumption of vegetables and lean meat. Bridges slowly succeeded in losing weight. However, he needed to step into the next stage, which is to pursue the sport he likes. This is quite difficult because most types of games do not like him. “I hate treadmills, hate lifting weights because they are boring. So I want to find the right sport,” he said.
One day, a colleague offered him to join the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu study room. Bridges were interested in trying it, after all the class he would be following was giving a special price. Six weeks into the Jiu-Jitsu study room, Bridges began to feel in love. He also continued the sport to four to six times a week.
“I like it first week because this sport is like a video game using your body,” Bridges said. “There is always something that happens all the time, and you always assume what I have, and you do and predict what your opponent is doing.”
If in the past he only wanted to be healthy with Jiu-Jitsu, now the Bridge wants him to be better in each match. Setting the eating pattern becomes an element of Bridges’ effort to guard his weight. He oversees calorie intake below 2,000 calories each day and gives carbohydrate limits below 100 grams.
He also carried out a modified pattern of intermittent fasting on the day when he felt he was not too active and modified the calories needed on sports days. Instead of grabbing unhealthy snacks, Bridges now likes to eat healthy meals, like almond snacks. Bridges succeeded in losing weight up to 220 pounds (about 91.6 kg) and now is concentrating on muscle building and increasing her strength to the point where she can participate in Jiu-Jitsu competition.
He even just grabbed a blue belt and made him feel even better. This, of course, is not the only positive use he feels after losing weight. “I am emotionally a better person, even more, confident to talk to other people,” said Bridges. He now has a good lover and is more popular on Tinder. “I used to be a joke that I would die at the age of 40, but now I’m no longer worried. I’m sure it will be long and have a happy life,” he said.
Many arguments for learning martial arts, ranging from escorting themselves, improving fighting skills, to guarding health. One option is Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. This martial art is considered suitable for women.
Based on information from the coach of the Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Alexander Bobby Wijaya, at this time there were not a few women who were interested in trailing BJJ because art provides not little benefit, especially for women.
“One of the recommended and very effective martial arts for women is Brazillian Jiu Jitsu,” Bobby said at the Maximum MMA fitness center located in Kebayoran, South Jakarta.
The philosophy held by this martial art is how smaller, weaker, and slower opponents can outperform more and stronger opponents.
Not only able to protect themselves from evil, but BJJ also proved useful in losing weight while increasing muscle strength.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was once popularized in Brazil. In the Wikipedia website mentioned, this martial art is a development of Judo martial arts. In Indonesia, the last few years of this fighting style are increasingly popular with the existence of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community.
If compared with Kick Boxing and Muay Thai which emphasizes more punches and kicks, the Brazillian Jiu Jitsu movement doesn’t even use a punch or even a kick. BJJ is more focused on locking tips, slamming, and strangulation, like grappling.
The technique is pound focused on the struggle on the floor. One of the methods for guarding yourself is straining from behind or locking towards the neck.
“The locking movement that has the triangle choke name, which is locking towards the neck with the legs composing a triangle and one opponent’s hand pulled forward. Very effective for women, because it can be used when the opponent’s situation attacks from above and the victim or woman’s position is crushed below”, he explained.
What’s interesting about this sport is that we will be taught to use a variety of techniques, such as switching positions from not enough to a more favorable position, or methods to hold opponents in a position that is not profitable enough.
Not only can it be relied on to guard themselves, but the Brazillian Jiu Jitsu is also handy for strengthening muscles and losing weight.
“Martial arts which is the result of a modification of the sport of Judo that concentrates training all parts of the body, so more calories will be burned,” he said.
Parts of the body that are trained, between different necks, shoulders, chest, abdomen, thighs, and calves. Bobby suggested that if the process of weight loss is successful, it must be accompanied by guarding a healthful eating pattern.
Even this exercise try to be carried out routinely as much as two to three times a week, especially for beginners.
In addition to lessons to defend yourself and organize muscles, you can also practice BJJ to participate in many matches, both at home and abroad.
Now MMA matches (Mixed Martial Art) are not infrequently displayed on a TV. Many people say MMA is probably a hard fighting match.
The participants combined all the martial arts contained and used them in battles. One of the robust martial arts that must be mastered by MMA athletes is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or also known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
This self-defense specializes in floor battles (ground fight), locking, and strangulation. Many have underestimated this martial art before, but it is proven that this martial art is one that is very effective and very dangerous.
Let’s look at history and its advantages.
1. Birth History
In 1904, the creator of Judo in Japan who had the name Kano Jigoro, delivered 5 of his students to all corners of the world to better introduce this martial art. They challenge other martial arts champions like wrestling, boxing, Savate, etc. One of them has the name Mitsuyo Maeda who came to Brazil in 1914.
A young Brazilian has the name Carlos Gracie who is interested in the martial arts that Maeda introduced, and concludes to study. Maeda then accepted Carlos as his student. Carlos then passed on this attraction to his tiny sister, who had the name, Helio Gracie.
Even though Helio mastered the Judo theory taught by his brother, he experienced problems in practice because this science relied on great strength while Helio’s body was the smallest. Helio is the end of modifying the knowledge that he learned to the point where what was called the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was born.
2. It’s development
Carlos and Helio then developed the results of this modification. The result is not a few people are interested. The brothers are getting familiar in Brazil. Moreover, they dare to challenge the heroes of different martial arts in official battles.
One of the battles that were very famous and invited thousands of spectators was when Helio fought the Japanese Judo champion who was won by Helio. Since then the Gracie brothers began to accept not a few students. Not even a few fighters who come to Gracie college and challenge this martial arts. All are easily surpassed!
The two brothers then taught this knowledge to all their children and grandchildren, and the Gracie family became the most respected family in Brazil.
3. Digest of Science
Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu itself looks simple, it is hazardous because it can easily break people’s bones, even kill opponents. Riskier because it can be done by ordinary people who are small. This sprang from the little weakness of Helio Gracie who sought to outperform a much bigger opponent.
Martial arts, also known as Jitz, emphasizes the battlefield ground fight. Based on information from Helio, street battles are often divided into 3 phases, namely: fighting, struggling and fighting on the floor. Almost all street battles must pass through these three phases. Jitz’s self-defense which he created immediately summed up this phase to the third phase. He is making it easy for those who don’t have powerful blows or fast reflexes.
Because of these advantages, Jitz is felt like a deadly martial art, and is useful in actual combat, whether in the ring or also in street battles.
Besides, Jitz can also be used to conquer enemies without having to hurt and injure opponents more severely. In conclusion, Jitz is very suitable for anyone to learn from martial arts athletes, ordinary people, children, everyday women who are useful to protect themselves from rapist disorders or even to use disabled people.
4. Peak of Fame
Although familiar in Brazil, Jitz is not too familiar in other countries. Not even a few people underestimate this knowledge. In 1993, there was a legendary self-defense tournament named UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) which worked on free combat without rules. The Gracie family delivered their youngest son who had the name Royce Gracie, who was the biological child of Helio.
At this first UFC championship, all viewers underestimated Royce because he was a tiny one of the other participants. But Royce outperformed them all with his father and uncle’s martial arts. From that moment on, the world began to know Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and their colleges could open branches to all the world. Even the private American army invited the Gracie family to teach their knowledge to American soldiers.
Since the UFC, this knowledge has been felt like a standard that must be possessed by each martial arts athlete. Many martial arts athletes, celebrities, and other fighters study this knowledge. The Gracie family also traveled the world to teach their knowledge.
5. Good Program
Besides being very risky in martial arts matches, this knowledge turned out to be very suitable to be practiced by ordinary people. As safe self-defense and do not need an injury. The Gracie family makes programs and training systems for children who are victims of a bully at school, women who want to protect themselves from male disorders, and older people who are no longer as strong as young people.
Anyone can learn this science safely and almost without violence. Here lies the peculiarity of this science. It can be used in any situation, whether it is a hard street battle, or just cooling down a friend who is raging because he is drunk without having to hurt him.
The Gracie system was also introduced through the internet to the point that anyone in all the world can learn it legally through the Gracie family directly as its creator. Cool, right?
Jitz is indeed the coolest, and now it has begun to spread to all corners of the world. Even cities in Indonesia have started to teach this knowledge also though they don’t have permission directly from Gracie’s family. It is highly recommended to learn martial arts because we will not know if one day become victims of violence or violence. No hardest lesson or strength is needed. Cool is the point!