For some, it becomes more than just a hobby — it becomes a way of life. Jiu-jitsu’s addictive nature attributes to many things, one being its physical benefits. It only takes one training session to see how much of a workout training jiu-jitsu really is. In general, training any martial art or sport is physically demanding.
Many argue that jiu-jitsu is more mental than physical, and jiu-jitsu has a lot of mental benefits, not measured in calories burnt or BMI, that help you live a happier, healthier life. Check out these five benefits to training jiu-jitsu.
Jiu-jitsu helps you relax.
The power of exercise is that it helps people relax by releasing endorphins to the brain that elevate mood, which reduces anxiety and also helps you sleep. When you train jiu-jitsu, you exert a lot of energy, which leaves your body exhausted. As you surpass your own limits and reach your goals, rest and recovery become even more rewarding. And sometimes, a feeling of a hard day’s work is relaxing enough.
Jiu-jitsu gives you a confidence boost.
Jiu-jitsu provides students with an avenue to achieve self-confidence. You will not only gain confidence in your jiu-jitsu training, but in other areas of your life, as well. Confidence helps you be successful in everything you do and makes your personality shine. Confidence means believing in yourself, which isn’t to be confused with arrogance.
Jiu-jitsu strengthens your problem solving skills.
Jiu-jitsu is a very calculating game. It is often called the human game of chess, which is true in some ways. Calculations made by effective jiu-jitsu fighters require a very high level of thinking. Jiu-jitsu practitioners often think several steps ahead and develop a different way of thinking because of it. You begin to see this way of thinking as you move forward on your jiu-jitsu journey.
Jiu-jitsu helps improve your mental strength.
Face it — sometimes skills and technique are not enough. The ability to persevere through a submission and escape is not able to be achieved without mental strength. The extra mental toughness achieved through jiu-jitsu training can help overcome any physical disadvantages present. This ties back into having the confidence in yourself and belief in your abilities.
Jiu-jitsu is a great outlet for stress.
Everyone has those days where you’ve kept anger or stress bottled up, and it has negative repercussions on your mood, energy level, and more. Jiu-jitsu training is a great way to safely get frustrations out, or get your mind off of your worries for a while. It’s hard to think about problems when you’re trying to defend yourself from your training partner.
It´s teaches you to embrance the challenge.
JiuJitsu is a journey. Even though it can and will get easier over time, there is always someone at the school who will challenge you. Overtime you learn that there is no losing in JiuJitsu, you either win or you learn and realize that the challenge is the course of learning and growth. As a BJJ practitioner than you learn to seek the challenge and embrace adversities instead of trying to settle for your own comfort zone.
All in all, jiu-jitsu is more than just submission and grappling. It’s a technical dance between two trained athletes. It’s a way of life that provides those willing to learn with many physical and mental benefits that last a lifetime.