Is BJJ Dangerous to train?

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a grappling martial art that teaches one how to defend themselves using your body and defeat your size or a larger opponent. But is BJJ dangerous in fact?

BJJ is a relatively safe sport and is not likely to result in injury if practiced with proper technique. It is not a dangerous activity as it requires you to use techniques in order to win. And techniques are the opposite to chaos that makes harm in most. In fact, this rule can be applied to most martial arts.

Why BJJ is seen as a dangerous sport?

As with any physical activity, BJJ can be dangerous. However, the risks that come with BJJ are not as bad as other sports, and many times people are unaware of their risks because they have not experienced them or due to the lack of regulation in the industry.

The most common injuries in this sport are muscle strains and joint injuries because you have to apply a lot of pressure on your body in order to put somebody on the ground. It is important to understand that injuries do happen and it is important for people who do this sport to be aware of these risks because it will help keep them safe.

Is BJJ safe?
Is BJJ safe?

How to protect yourself from injury in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

BJJ is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting and grappling. As with any other sport, there are many ways to get injured. It’s important to know how to prevent injury and what should you do in case you hurt yourself for a maximum chance of recovery.

There are some basic principles of training that every athlete should follow in order to avoid injuries. These generally include warming up before each practice, not overtraining, and following a list of rules for equipment usage, so that you can continue to enjoy this exciting martial art.

Wear suitable uniform

Be sure to wear appropriate attire for training – rash guard, spats, gi – and make sure they fit snugly against the skin so that there are no loose folds that could get caught during grappling or rolling on the ground.

The list goes on from there with other small tips as well as some bigger ones like taking care of your skin and hygiene after training. The last one is not about injuries, but very important to care of.

Jiu-jitsu injury statistics

According to the ‘Assessment of Injuries During Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition‘ study published in 2014, Brazilian jiu jitsu is one of the safest full-contact martial arts for practitioners. It has a relatively low rate of injury.

For example, BJJ has only 9.2 injuries per 1000 match participants, which is lower than mixed martial arts at 236-286 per 1000, boxing at 210-420 per 1000, judo (25.3-130.6), and taekwondo (20.5-139.5).

Jiu jitsu injury statistics
Is BJJ Dangerous? Jiu jitsu injury statistics; image snapshot from ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Brazilian jiu-jitsu moves look a lot like wrestling. The few injuries that arise would usually affect the joints and not the head. BJJ can lead to common injuries such as ACL tears, rotator cuff tears, and spinal disc hernias.

Injuries such as a torn ACL may be repairable via surgery and are often long-term injuries, thereby requiring an extended recovery period before the athlete can safely return to practicing jiu-jitsu.

Is BJJ bad for your body?

BJJ is not bad for your body – in fact, it can be beneficial to your health.

Some people believe that BJJ is bad for your body but this is only if you do not know what you are doing. If you are working with a coach who knows what they are doing then there are no risks of injury.

The moves and techniques in BJJ focus the load on muscles in smaller parts of the body rather than on one muscle group, making them more resistant to injury. This also increases the range of motion which can make it easier to move around later on in life.

Many people think that because BJJ can involve a lot of grappling (and sometimes even takedowns) this will hurt your body more than other sports, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be true.

It is not uncommon for people to worry about the potential risks of BJJ.

The best thing that anyone can do is to talk with their instructor about what kinds of risks exist in BJJ before starting. Most instructors will be happy to answer any questions that students have about the sport, its demands, and how injuries happen.

Is 40 too late to start bjj?

The age-old question, can you start BJJ at 40? Or 38, or 30, or 50. etc.

No. Starting jiu jitsu at 40 is not too late. It can be late not starting jiu jitsu at all.

The question is not about what age you are, but about your physical condition. People who are 40 could still be good at BJJ, it all depends on how they feel physically. If you are recovering from injury or you have severe arthritis for example, then it is probably best to stop doing BJJ until your condition recovers.

For your confidence check one of the best BJJ YouTube channels BJJ AfterForty.

With more research being done, the age limit for BJJ continues to be pushed back. The medical community is beginning to find that there are benefits to working out at a later age.

Or just check this video, how two 70-year-old women doing Jiu-Jitsu

The best conclusion to this article

Since it is increasingly becoming clear that there are still many benefits of working out at 40 years old, it seems that the age limit for BJJ could continue to be pushed back in the future.

Check other BJJ news and articles about Brazilian jiu jitsu fighters and MMA athletes.

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