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Leandro “Brodinho” Issa
With 20 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Leandro “Brodinho” Issa is both a champion and instructor in EVOLVE MMA. Starting his training when he was just 10 years old, Leandro fell in love with martial arts and started competing for many disciplines such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Muay Thai and wrestling. Leandro is now a member of the Evolve Fight Team and is still competing in professional mixed martial arts in ONE Championship.
What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. When performed with proper training and technique, BJJ is very effective in self-defence situations. BJJ is arguably one of the most useful martial art in real-time situations. BJJ teaches the how’s of addressing threats in multiple scenarios, such as getting attacked and taken to the ground. It emphasises on technique rather than strength and power.
Many perceive BJJ — martial arts in general — as a sport that promotes violence, when that is very far from the truth. Martial arts teaches discipline, integrity and pushes one to achieve greatness in all aspects of life, physically and mentally. Martial arts can be very empowering and does wonders for a person’s confidence and self-esteem.
Martial Arts on the go
Some may think that martial arts are only useful for self-defence, but on the contrary, it is one of the best ways to keep your body in shape. Martial arts work the whole body simultaneously, keeping one’s body in shape and alert. Training in martial arts gives you an advantage in adventure sports because it trains you to improve your stamina through a number of exercises, giving you the freedom to try just about any type of adventure sports without having to worry about running out of breath.
BJJ is designed to allow a smaller person to be able to defend themselves from bigger opponents by using technique rather than strength. Subduing the opponent without using much force, making it a gentle art. BJJ not only helps in self-defence, but it also benefits one’s overall concentration and reduces stress. The aggressive training of this sport allows one to blow off steam in a controlled environment, acting as some sort of therapy for many.
If you are eager to try out BJJ or any martial art discipline, Leandro’s advice is to go in with an open mind. Despite the looks of martial arts being difficult to perform, it actually caters to everyone from all walks of life. Not only does it train your body, but it also trains your mind and soul.