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Why Jiu Jitsu is the best Style

UFC 153 Results: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Shows That Jiu-Jitsu Works
By Anthony Fusco (Featured Columnist) on October 14, 2012 435 reads 3
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If there is one thing you should never do before fighting Big Nog, it’s insult his jiu jitsu skills. The man is a legend when it comes to submissions.

Throughout his entire fighting career, Big Nog has amassed 34 wins, with an incredible 21 of those coming by way of submission.

Dave “Pee Wee” Herman found that out the hard way at UFC 153 in their co-main event this weekend, as Nogueira locked up an armbar at 4:31 of the second round. It was a beautiful display of ground work.

Herman fought through an Americana attempt, as well as an armbar that forced Nogueira to give up his position.

A trip followed, and Nogueira landed in side control and quickly worked to achieve full mount. From there the end was near, as Big Nog is a master on the ground. He locked in the armbar and kept hold when Herman tried to roll his way out of it.

This victory was especially sweet for Nogueira for a number of reasons. It was his first win since knocking out Brendan Schaub at UFC 134. This past event also took place in Brazil, where the screaming, enthusiastic, hometown fans must have given Big Nog a boost.

Big Nog also proved that yes, jiu jitsu is still a very effective martial art. Despite Herman defending a few submission attempts early, the end was all but inevitable. The ending was picture perfect.

Herman wanted to prove to people that any kind of jiu jitsu didn’t work on him. But he learned a valuable and hard lesson from a master of the trade. Jiu jitsu does work, and Big Nog is a living testament to the lethality of the martial art.

Benefits from Jiu Jitsu

Quitting Smoking? Give Yourself A Helping Hand With Jiu-Jitsu

Not only is jiu-jitsu a fun way to keep fit and useful in self defence situations but research also suggests that the exercise and self-discipline that it teaches can help to stave off nicotine cravings. As anybody who has ever tried to give up cigarettes knows, breaking the habit can be extremely difficult for psychological as well as physical reasons. Vice president for epidemiologist and surveillance research at the American Cancer Society Michael Thun states that the perfect activities for quitters to take part in to help them keep away from cigarettes are those that provide pleasure and have a calming, focussing effect upon the person doing them. He says that one of the main things that smokers don’t like about quitting is the feeling that they are unable to think straight. Jiu-jitsu is both pleasurable and aids concentration, teaching participants to hone in on the task at hand and helping them to gain control of their thoughts. It is therefore ideal for anybody battling cigarette addiction.

Inspiration to Remain Healthy 

How many top-level martial artists do you see puffing away on a cigarette? The answer to this is ‘not very many’, the reason being that smoking has an immediate effect upon the respiratory system, increasing airway resistance and reducing the amount of oxygen that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. This means that doing jiu-jitsu can provide quitters with the perfect motivation to give up smoking, diverting their priorities from filling their lungs with tar to becoming the best martial artists they can be. In a recent study cited in British newspaper the Daily Mail, scientists found that eighty percent of potential quitters who exercised were capable of freeing themselves from nicotine addiction within three months compared to fifty percent of quitters who didn’t exercise. One of the reasons that this is the case might be because the exercising smokers realised that it was impossible to remain fit whilst smoking and were spurred on to quit by their desire to excel at whatever activities they were participating in.

Healthy Body, Happy Brain

Another reason that quitters who exercise might be more successful is that cardiovascular activity has been proven to alter the way in which the brains of smokers process information, making it easier for them to go without nicotine. In 2009, researchers at the University of Exeter asked smokers to cycle for ten minutes at a moderate rate after depriving them of cigarettes for fifteen hours. They were then given brain scans whilst being shown images of cigarettes. A group of smokers who had been deprived of cigarettes for the same amount of time but had not indulged in any exercise was shown the same set of images and the results were compared. The smokers who had not exercised displayed heightened activity in the part of the brain responsible for reward processing, whereas the smokers who had exercised did not. ‘Our findings add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that exercise can help people give up smoking,’ the lead author on the paper told Science Daily. ‘There are of course many other benefits from a more active lifestyle including better fitness, weight loss and improved mood.’

Celebrity Quitters

The benefits of martial arts in the fight against nicotine addiction have been extolled by normal, everyday practitioners and celebrity martial artists alike. One of the keenest advocates for this method of quitting smoking is Sopranos actor Michael Imperioli, who insists that he feels healthier than he has ever felt before after taking up martial arts and putting down cigarettes. ‘I was in terrible physical shape. I smoked a pack a day… I now have more focus, concentration, confidence,’ he told NBC News. Imperioli, who played mobster Christopher Moltisanti in the show, was so impressed by what martial arts had to offer that he encouraged his entire family to take it up.

What Are You Waiting For? 

So there you have it; not only can exercise in general help people to give up smoking but jiu-jitsu is even more effective than other forms of exercise due to its emphasis on mindfulness and focus. Add the sense of discipline that this martial art instils in its practitioners into the mix and jiu-jitsu becomes the perfect diversion for those who aspire to become nicotine-free but are having trouble kicking the habit.

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