Benefits of Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is so much more than just a sport or form of self defense.  It’s a complete system for your life.

While Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was made popular by the legendary Gracie Family founding the Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC.  Where they were able to defeat and submit often larger and stronger opponents.  Jiu-Jitsu has grown into more than just a sport or martial art,  it is a lifestyle to many people due to the amazing benefits that come along with training in the “Gentle Art”.

Many people relate the benefits of training to fighting, self defense or combat skills.  While it’s true that someone who trains Jiu-Jitsu is learning how to fight and defend themselves; but the benefits spill over into all other aspects of their lives from making new friends, improving their health and increasing their longevity.   Here are some more benefits of training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu…

Weight Loss & Getting In Shape

After you begin training you will notice how easy it is to lose weight and keep it off by consistently training.  Jiu-Jitsu uses every muscle group in your body so you will notice a difference immediately.  Often times you don’t even realize that your getting such a great workout in because unlike running on a treadmill you are engaging your mind and focusing on your training partner, techniques, movements etc.  Instead of staring at a screen watching the blinking light go around.  Many of the sports top athletes first came to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training as a way to lose weight and then found their love for competition and made a career out of it.

Self Defense

The first time you step on the mat of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy you will immediately realize how little the average person knows about basic self defense and the ineffectiveness of our most natural instincts.   The Fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu are also the best foundation of Self Defense and Fighting.  Popular belief is that striking is the best defense against a violent attacker but in actual altercations,  punching is not nearly as effective as closing the distance and getting control over your opponent.   This is why most Law Enforcement and military personnel go through specialized programs developed through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because of the safety and effectiveness of the techniques.   Of course the best defense is to be aware, confident and knowledgeable which is what you gain as you continue your training.

Stress Relief

One thing you will notice during a Jiu-Jitsu class is that everyone leaves smiling.  That’s because Jiu-Jitsu is an excellent way to alleviate the stress from work and life.  Whatever is on your mind will be quickly forgotten when you start to roll.  The aggressive nature of Jiu-Jitsu allows us to let off steam in a controlled environment.  Mad at your boss? Problems at home? Being on the mat is often referred to as therapy – a place where the only thing that matters is learning a new technique and trying to apply it during sparring.  All of a sudden our problems aren’t so important anymore.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

The more you train Jiu-Jitsu, you mind will start to open as you better understand techniques and your own body.  Like most sports, technique and strategy are important for success.  Most students of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu compare rolling to a game of chess.  Although Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and very physical you can’t discount the mental aspect of training.  It’s your mind against another’s mind and each move you make determines an outcome  We develop our critical thinking and problem solving skills because of this.   What will your next move be?  How will your opponent react?  Those at a higher belt or skill level can think many moves ahead and the key is to build that mind-body connection.

Humility & Patience

Just as in life, you do not always win in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and sometimes classes can be very frustrating when we feel we are not improving.  We need this challenge as well to help us deal with the inevitable disappointments and setbacks in life.  Even though Jiu-Jitsu is an art that allows smaller students to win against larger, stronger opponents.  Sometimes things don’t go our way.  These situations teach us to address our ego and improve our ability to handle adversity, developing strength of our character and patience.  Training Jiu-Jitsu is not a direct path of the mountain of achieving your black belt.  It is a series of growth and plateaus.  During our plateaus we work on our humility and patience.  Without it,  success is not possible in life or Jiu-Jitsu.