BJJ has become one of the most popular martial arts in the world. It’s not by accident. Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
1) PRACTICAL SELF DEFENSE
If the situation ever arose that you had to defend yourself, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been proven as the most effective martial art. Even against a larger stronger attacker, Jiu Jitsu will give you the knowledge and skills to defend yourself effectively. That knowledge builds confidence.
2) PHYSICAL FITNESS
BJJ is a great for all body types. BJJ can provide the right level of difficulty and intensity for your skill and fitness level. It’s a great full body workout and it’s so engaging and fun you don’t feel like working out is a chore. Plus while you get in shape you’re learning potentially life saving skills!
3) MENTAL HEALTH
There have recently been some studies on the matter that prove it; but just ask anyone who trains in BJJ and they will tell you there is no better way to relieve stress. When you’re on the mat rolling you disconnect from all of life problems and live in the moment. Jiu Jitsu also builds Self Esteem and positive self image. Some practitioners have even reported relief from anxiety and depression.
4) CREATIVE THINKING & PROBLEM SOLVING
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is often referred to as Human Chess. The very nature of the art is very adaptive. You constantly adapting to different body types, styles and techniques. It trains your brain to think calmly under stress and overcome complex problems, and every time you step on the mat you get a new set of challenges.
5) JOIN A COMMUNITY
Jiu Jitsu practitioners interact so closely with each other that they inevitably build bonds and friendships. It’s a great way to meet new people and build lasting life long relationships. I often refer to my BJJ team as Family because there is no other word that describes the interconnected social bonds in the tight knit BJJ community.
6) RESPECT & DISCIPLINE
To progress in Jiu Jitsu you must treat your Professor and all fellow students with the utmost respect. The structure and goal of martial arts is to create better individuals and as a result better communities. Parents often report that the when children train BJJ they are more polite and respectful. Teachers often report improved listening and attention in class as well!
BJJ is the great equalizer, where technique conquers all. Practitioners quickly learn that size and strength don’t matter. The learning process makes people humble. There is always someone faster, better, smarter or more skilled than you so check your ego at the door.
8) PATIENCE & PERSISTENCE
Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu takes time, in fact the art has one of the slowest belt progressions of any martial art. To progress through the high standards of the BJJ belt system takes a lot of hard work and dedication. The belts are never given, they have to be earned.
9) GETS YOU OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
There is an old saying that comfort zones are barren places because nothing grows there. Jiu Jitsu will constantly challenge you to learn something new, face your fears and push yourself to do things you never would have thought possible.
10) BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU IS FOR EVERYONE!
Unlike some sports there is no specific body type for BJJ. People of all ages and abilities can benefit from learning the gentle art! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is never ending and always evolving. The journey and the learning never stops.
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