by Rebecca Turner, Our Mississippi Home
Jiu-Jitsu is a modern martial arts discipline with ancient roots, and it is growing in popularity in Mississippi. Unlike other martial arts that focus on strikes and kicks, jiu-jitsu focuses on close-contact “grappling” holds and techniques and applying chokes and joint manipulations. Even though it can take Jiu-Jitsu students seven to ten years to earn a black belt rank, it is a sport that anyone can learn at any age and has the added benefit of doubling as self-defense skills. Not to mention, it’s a great way to get and stay in fighting shape.
Stephen Lusk of Southwest Mississippi started training Jiu- Jitsu after a bout with COVID and hasn’t looked back since. “After I got COVID-19 for the second time, I knew I needed to do something to get healthier,” said Lusk. “I…
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