CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A gym in Cleveland is offering a different way for you to stay on track on hitting your New Year’s resolution of getting in shape.
Instructors and students at the Hurricane jiu-jitsu gym at 3328 Warren Road in Cleveland said classes can help you get fit, but the practices offer so much more.
Exercising and getting in shape are usually at the top of everyone’s lists for their goals at the beginning of a new year.
The only problem is a lot of people don’t stick with their plan to hit the goal.
More than 50 percent of people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolution, according to a CBS report.
The students and instructors of the Hurricane gym listed seven reasons why jiu-jitsu should be something to look into if your looking to get fit in 2019:
While you are sporting your GI you are learning ways to build your stamina.
During a class a student also learns takedowns and submissions with a sparring partner.
For those of you not familiar with the sport, the GI is the uniform an athlete wears during competitions.
“The comradery that happens here, people hold each other accountable. You show up here and you want to work because your partner wants to work,” jiu-jitsu student Angie Greene said.
The practice starts off with a conditioning drill.
After the opening drill an instructor will walk the students through different submissions and takedowns.
“If you train properly, you leave here healthy and safe. But exhausted,” head instructor John Lawrence said.
After learning the new moves students find a partner and practice the techniques they have just learned.
The class ends with students sparring against one another, if someone is not ready to participate in sparring he or she does not have to.
“You make friends, it’s something you enjoy and you are also getting your heart rate up,” Greene said.
In the video above instructor John Lawrence shows how to apply an Americana submission
A sports graduate of Halic Universitesi did a study looking at the stress levels of jiu-jitsu athletes and non-athletes.
The research study done by Ozdemir Kizilkan found jiu-jitsu athletes are more confident in handling daily personal problems.
One of the reasons given was because athletes can’t lose their cool during a match. If the emotions get the better of the athlete he or she may fall victim to a submission or pin, according to the study.
The classes consist of athletes of all levels. No matter what level you are on there is always a new technique to learn.
“There’s always something to work on here, you’re never there. You can always improve and get better,” jiu-jitsu student Rick Fuehrer said.
Fuehrer started training in the sport at the age of 42, he said while you train you can always learn from people who are better than you.
“What one man can do, another can do,” he said.
During a class an athlete learns how to prevent an assault while figuring out counter attacks to apply to the attacker.
Lawrence informs his students of common attack tactics and how to defend yourself in each situation.
“You are getting in shape as a proxy to these other things,” Lawrence said.
As noted earlier in the article the athletes leave each class exhausted.
Through the different submissions and takedowns you are performing stamina drills using every part of your body.
“You have to work your accessory muscles, it encompasses the full body,” Fuehrer said.
Jiu-jitsu athletes realize the sport is the not the first thing people think of when they think about getting in shape.
Greene is one of the female students in the class and she is always trying to get more people to give the sport a chance.
“If you are a woman coming in, I think it’s one of the best things women can do is train jiu-jitsu. For self-defense and getting out of your comfort zone,” Greene said.