Brazilian jiu jitsu and Acupuncture are two things that I really love practicing. One involves sticking pins in people and other involves learning how to choke them. Although they may seem the exact opposite they share many similarities in my opinion:
Jiu Jitsu is known as “the gentle art” or the “efficient art.” It uses leverage and technique in order to move or submit an opponent. Similar to Jiu Jitsu, acupuncture makes use of efficiency by leveraging your body’s ability to heal itself.
They both involve having extensive understanding of energy and how it flows throughout the body. Jiu jitsu & acupuncture are both a game of inches; one inch off in Jiu Jitsu can lead to a failed to sweep attempt/submission. One inch off in acupuncture, could result in failure to fix someone’s back or neck pain.
Neurobiological have shown acupuncture promotes release of a chemical called IL-10 in the body which significantly reduces inflammation and pain. In a nutshell, acupuncture stimulates your body to get that production line moving and gives your body that kickstart it needs in order to boost the healing process.
Recently, there’s been a growing trend of mma & bjj athletes turning acupuncture and cupping to speed up their recovery times:
f you are feeling run down from old nagging injuries and trying to recover quicker in between sessions give acupuncture a go.
Special thanks to my bud mixed massage therapies for letting me use his pics for this post. If you train mma/bjj and are ever in the London, UK area make sure to hit him up for a tune up. He is an acupuncturist and works with the legends like Roger Gracie, Braulio & Victor Estima.