Why diabetics should learn Jiu Jitsu

Why diabetics should learn Jiu Jitsu


Diabetes itself is a battle and you must be mentally strong if you want to win that said battle. Science has shown that being fit and healthy is a good way to keep your diabetes at bay. One sport I have found that has been keeping me active and building me up mentally is Jiu jitsu. Jiu Jitsu is a martial arts style that consists of grappling and throws and is considered human chess. Just like placing a child in a karate gym to boost their confidence and keep them healthy, jiu jitsu is the adult’s version.


Finding a Jiu Jitsu Gi

Before you enroll in any classes, you will need a gi. A gi is the coat and uniform you wear when you practice jiu jitsu. Having a good gi is essential as it can dictate your movements and grappling abilities. If you’re having trouble finding a gi, here’s a good website that showcases and outlines the best brazilian jiu jitsu gi

Finding a good BJJ GYM

The most tricky part and where we will focus most on this articl is finding a good bjj gym. One thing you should know when looking for a Jiu Jitsu gym is that each one is different. It is only in doing some research and asking the instructor some questions will you be able to find the right one for you.

You should ask the instructor to tell you a little bit about the school. They should tell you how long they have been in operation, how things are done here and if they are a member of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation or AJJF.

Most students start out as white belts. In order to move up, a good question to ask will be what is their testing policy and what are the fees. In general, test fees should not exceed $60 and the cost should be the same regardless of the color.

It will also be nice to know the name of the head instructor and how many junior instructors there are present. Naturally, they will tell you the accomplishments of these individuals and you can check this out by doing some research on the web.

Students are required to wear the proper attire when inside the gym. If this will be your first time, ask if you can wear a T-shirt and pants or shorts first. If you are told to wear the Gi which is the official uniform, then go ahead and get it because you will be using even if sign up in another gym.

The Gi will cost from $30 to $60 and will last several years before you have to buy a new one. Just be sure to keep it clean.

If the gym teaches Jiu Jitsu to all ages, you should know how these are grouped. If you are an adult, you don’t want to be in a class that has kids in it but rather with those who are close to your age group.

One of the most important questions to ask is how much the classes are. A lot of instructors will try to avoid answering this question and instead try to give you a free trail period. Although that sounds good, you need to know how much you will be paying when you decide to do this on a regular basis.

Is there a contract? If there is none, then that is great but gyms that have it do not allow you to cancel for any reason including injury.

Aside from speaking to the head, make time to talk to the students there. Their input is also important especially when you will be paying a monthly fee as a member of the gym.

After asking these questions, go home and then pick the top three. You should then make time to avail of the free class to get the feel of what it is like to workout over there. This will all help narrow down your choices so you are able to find a gym, go there on a regular basis and learn everything there is to know about bjj.


Traveling to Help Diabetes: Finding Travel Buddies on Forums

Travelling has been known to reduce stress which is why diabetics should travel. An onset of stress has a magnitude of ill effects on diabetes which is why its important to keep stress levels at a check. If your worried about bringing your sleep apnea machine or your blood sugar machine, look into it luggage (luggage set that is very light weight). One common excuse I always find people saying is that they have no one travel with. The best way around that is to simply visit a dedicated travel forum.