Originally Posted by Onizuka
So I would like to ask what I can I expect with BJJ?
How can I find a training center in my area (metro Detroit and surrounding areas if anyone's around here!)
If I do go into a striking martial art, will they help with taking hits?
also, cauliflower ears? Is that a big thing to be worried about while in BJJ?
Sorry for such a long post but, I'm really interested in this area. Any help I would get would be amazing.
, Thanks (also, I put this in the grappling section because I'm looking into BJJ more than anything at this moment)
1) You can expect to have an AMAZING time and have this great sense of being overwhelmed with knowledge that you will be learning. You can expect to get in great shape (Yes, get in great shape from BJJ... Rolling is intense) and a great experience.
2) This is debateable but I am going to say yes. Many people would say it is all genetics and how durable your chin is but sparring toughens people and lets you determine your pain tolerance. The great thing about sparring is you and your sparring partner determine how hard your going to get hit. I have seen people spar at 20% and at 90%. One thing is forsure, a striking dicipline WILL teach you how to properly defend yourself so that you can properly defend yourself from being hit.
3) Yes, you can get cauliflower ear from BJJ. It is more common in wrestling but any time your on the mat causing tension and friction in your ear it is possible to develop it. However, you can drain the ear and it will go away.
I hope this helped. If you have more questions feel free to post here or PM me. I will be happy to help.