The path to this knowledge is physically and mentally demanding.Students benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, self-knowledge of their body and mind and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded fellow students as you learn and have fun together.
Many students first learn about Jiu Jitsu through the great popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA, UFC) competition, where Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique is very prominent. Indeed, the beginnings of the contemporary MMA competition were largely tied up with proving the combat-efficiency of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a sport, however, is strongly separated from MMA. Daily classes do not feature kicking or punching. The focus is on safe grappling technique that can be done on a daily basis with no more fear of injury than any other contact sport. While there is a professional MMA team at the Renzo Gracie NH Academy, the great majority of students study only the grappling sport and find that this is the most enjoyable and satisfying route to take.