The short answer is “yes.”
A large portion of people, if not most of them, start jiu-jitsu as out of shape adults. Even if you lift weights or run regularly, jiu-jitsu is a special kind of workout. Even if you are in shape, you are probably not in jiu-jitsu shape.
It is a rite of passage to gain jiu-jitsu conditioning. This is where you learn to regulate your breathing under duress thereby making it seem as though you have superior cardiovascular power.
It is fine to run out of energy and to need to take a break, or a round off. This is the process of learning BJJ.
Some wonder if they should get in shape before starting BJJ! No! Start BJJ right away. It is the most practical and fun way to get in shape that there is!
It is not uncommon to lose around 3 pounds during a touch Jiu-Jitsu class.
People who say they want to get in shape before starting BJJ rarely take steps to do it. If they weren’t motivated enough to start BJJ, it’s unlikely they will start working out or going to a fitness gym either.
A good BJJ instructor will account for your physical fitness, be patient and encouraging, and push you.
If you’ve thought of doing BJJ, stop making excuses, find a gym, sign up for a free class and stick with it long enough to really tell if it’s right for you.
More than likely you will find that it is!
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