The popularity of jiu-jitsu has exploded in recent years, with millions of practitioners now participating worldwide. Men, women, and children of all walks of life are discovering the profound life-changing benefits of regular jiu-jitsu training.
Any age, gender, or experience level will gain from the amazing art of jiu-jitsu, with unique benefits experienced in just a few weeks.
Here is how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will change your life.
1. INCREASED CONFIDENCE
Learning to defend yourself is the obvious confidence-boosting benefit of training a martial art. But when you regularly put yourself in challenging situations, which you experience every time you step on the mat, you will develop a unique sense of confidence in yourself as you overcome these challenges.
Unlike other striking martial arts, jiu-jitsu is grappling based, where you must think your way out of positions and apply techniques to overcome your opponent. It’s sometimes equated to "human chess", where strategy, tactics, and techniques are used to attack, defend, and counter.
With regular training, your ability to think under pressure, calm your mind, and overcome bigger, stronger opponents will improve dramatically. Your belief in yourself to handle hard problems will improve, along will your ability to face challenges.
A direct natural byproduct of this will be an immense improvement in your own self-confidence.
You will see your ability to handle challenges, to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, and to defend yourself reach new levels never felt before in your life.
2. IMPROVED HEALTH & FITNESS
Jiu-jitsu is a total body sport that has a unique way of developing real-life strength and conditioning. Grappling is one of the most challenging sports you can do, and burns hundreds, if not thousands of calories every session.
Your entire body is required to perform techniques, including your core, hips, arms, legs, and back. Your strength, endurance, flexibility, and mobility will all improve naturally through regular training.
Extra weight will start melting off after just a few weeks.
Your heart health will also improve greatly, as sparring involves intermittent spurts of high intensity movement combined with slower periods of recovery.
Training rounds are generally from 4 to 8 minutes, with a minute or two of rest between rounds. There are typically 5 to 10 rounds per class, depending on the class.
This type of interval training will improve important markers of heart health and cardiovascular conditioning.
Other gains will be seen in balance, coordination, motor control, and body awareness.
3. IMPROVED MENTAL HEALH & RESILIENCE
In addition to the massive endorphin release after each class, BJJ has a profound way of improving your mental health. In combination with the improvements to self-confidence and physical health, your ability to handle stress improves notably.
When you constantly subject yourself to challenging and “stressful” situations in a controlled environment, your capacity to more easily handle similar situations elsewhere improves.
You'll develop problem-solving skills and learn to stay composed in challenging situations, both on and off the mats. Things that once seemed stressful or problematic now become less significant as you regularly endure the challenges presented on the mat.
4. COMMUNITY & CAMARADERIE
Your mental health also gets a boost from the innate social connection of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Humans are social creatures that thrive on connecting with others. BJJ is the ultimate connection, as you will experience all of the ups and downs of training with your training partners.
People who overcome challenges together have been known to forge tight bonds that lead to meaningful relationships and friendships.
The BJJ community is often thought of as a family. It’s a tight-knit community that offers a great place to network, make new friends, and be part of something.
BJJ is one of the most effective martial arts for self-defense. It equips you with the knowledge and skills to protect yourself and others in real-life situations, boosting your confidence and personal safety.
Having the skillset to defend yourself and your loved ones instills a peace of mind that is carried with you through life.
Ironically, when you gain these skills, a new perspective on violence and altercation usually results.
Martial artists are often the first to deescalate a situation and walk away from a fight. What once may have been a need to express the ego is now a sense of calm and confidence without the need to prove oneself to others.
Jiu-jitsu creates humility and confidence simultaneously.
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Ultimately, jiu-jitsu will change your life.
All of these things in combination will help develop your character for the better and unlock your potential as a person. Jiu-jitsu is a vehicle for human development.
The profound benefits BJJ has on one’s life including confidence, fitness, resilience, community, and self-defense are invaluable. These skills and qualities can’t be purchased online or hacked through some new trend, app, or gadget.
These things will only be forged through time on the mats, and as any practitioner will tell you, the reward is in the journey.
Come change your life through jiu-jitsu, and join us at Gracie Barra Frisco!