Jiu Jitsu Saves Lives

“Jiu Jitsu saves lives!”

If you train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you hear this all the time! Often this refers to the practical application of Jiu Jitsu techniques being invaluable for self-defense situations. Most altercations result in grappling, and especially with females we find defense against pinning and grabbing to be of the utmost importance. Jiu Jistu does more than just save lives physically, though. Anyone who has trained for a while can tell you that training in Jiu Jitsu fills voids in their lives that few other things can.

Jiu Jitsu is one of the best forms of therapy for me and many others. It is a practical sport that allows you to go at a pretty high intensity with your techniques, teaching humility while being highly effective in a variety of situations.  Some days you kick ass, other days you get your ass kicked.  In strength and conditioning training or CrossFit, when you get tired, the barbell isn’t there trying to strangle or break your arm. In Jiu Jitsu, however, you have to keep going or submit to your opponent.

Somehow the physical connection of Jiu Jitsu not only teaches us about ourselves, but helps to form strong bonds between people that train together. There are lessons learned on the mats that can’t be explained anywhere else.

As I get older in my sport (I have been a black belt since 2010) I have continually had to adapt my style and strategy to remain competitive. I constantly learn about my body in the now, not “how it used to be”. Having a sport also focuses my other training and gives me greater focus.

I want to be able to teach others how to adapt their training as they evolve and am excited to offer my first Jiu Jitsu specific training camp April 14-15! How great will it be to focus on your training and get expert guidance from world class black belts and professional MMA fighters?!  I am excited to share all the knowledge I have acquired about strategy, tactics, nutrition, strength and conditioning, and mindset from nearly 2 decades on the mat!

I am hosting a retreat less than 90 minutes from NYC on over 160 acres of land where we can train, recover and learn. This seminar will focus on the athlete over 30 and how they can develop their game to not feel like they have to “keep up” with 20-somethings who train 3x/day. It might take 6 months to a year to learn what you can in one weekend away where you can focus and absorb all the knowledge and techniques of professional martial artists. This will be a unique experience like no other. Space is limited to 8 overnight participants. Single day spots are also available.

Let me know how Jiu Jitsu or martial arts has benefited your life, and let me know if you would like to come for an epic weekend of training.

Forever Furry,
John Beneduce


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