When you first start training, you’ll immediately experience some of the benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu—BJJ. There are so many, and they span the gamut from physical to mental health. For instance, have you been trying to shed a few pounds and get back into shape? You’ll be working every part of your body in this sport! That means burning loads of calories and building some serious muscle. Unlike most workouts that are boring, you probably won’t even realize you’re exercising because you’re so focused on the sport.
De-stress from the daily grind and all those imbecile drivers.
We’ve all experienced road rage or felt our blood pressure rising from an incident at work. Taking action at those times isn’t a good move, but you can relieve the stress on the BJJ mat. The intense physical workout and aggressive nature of the sport helps you release those pent up emotions, burn off the hormones created by stress and replace them with the ones that make you feel good and at peace.
Build confidence while you learn to defend yourself.
BJJ is all about controlling your opponent and that it’s more the moves you make that count than the size or physical strength of the opponent. After all, it was developed by Helio Gracie, who was slight of build, but knew there were ways to change the moves of traditional Jiu Jitsu to make his size irrelevant to whether he won or lost matches. Once you have experience in matches with people versed in this sport, you’ll be even more confident you can protect yourself from people who have no training or knowledge.
BJJ works you brain as well as your body.
While all exercise is good for the brain, boosting oxygen levels and building new neural pathways, some of it can be mind numbing. Seriously, when was the last time you enjoyed walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike to nowhere? In BJJ, you’re constantly trying to anticipate your opponents moves and create the perfect strategy to counteract them. It’s like a very physical game of chess that builds problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- While BJJ is fun and a healthy outlet, it’s also good for your professional and personal life. After just a few weeks, you’ll feel a boost of energy from the rigorous workout you’ve been getting.
- Learning to stick to a project and take small steps that build to bigger gains is important no matter what age, sex or occupation you are. It’s a great lesson for children.
- BJJ teaches respect for your opponent, humility and patience. Rather than chastising yourself for mistakes in matches, you learn from them.
- No matter what your age, BJJ is fun and allows you to progress at your own rate, while building close relationships.