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Improve Your Mental Health With Jiu Jitsu

Improve Your Mental Health With Jiu Jitsu

There’s no doubt about it, all research shows that there’s a body mind connection. Getting fit not only can make you stronger, with more endurance and flexibility, it can also help you think clearer and boost your attitude. Just like other physical activities, you can improve your mental health with Jiu Jitsu. However, Jiu Jitsu offers even more when it comes to mental health and boosting your mental well-being.

It’s more than just teaching the moves.

Whether training with traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu—JJJ or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu—BJJ, people learn not only respect for their opponent, but also for themselves. BJJ focuses on providing moves that help the smaller opponent overcome far stronger opponents. Think about it. Some issues in mental health have to do with the feeling of being small and lacking control. In fact, that’s often at the root of aggression issues. Studies show that it allows the student to get rid of internal aggression in an acceptable manner and learn self-control. It teaches that using non-physical methods to resolve conflicts as the first approach is the best approach.

BJJ builds self-confidence.

PTSD can affect anyone that’s been through a trauma that imprints fear for personal safety and brings vivid memories of feeling helpless and scared. BJJ helps people learn to protect themselves, so the body can slowly, but surely rewrite the script for their reaction. While it may seem counter-intuitive that placing oneself in an uncomfortable physical situation can help with fear and flashbacks, it isn’t. The student knows he or she is safe and learns was to deal with the confrontation in a calm manner, retraining the body’s reactions in the process.

BJJ and JJJ both require focus and being in the moment.

If pain from the past is causing mental issues in the present, the mindfulness learned in jiu jitsu can help. In order to properly defend yourself, you need to focus completely on the opponent and their moves. At least for those moments when you’re learning a new move or grappling with an opponent, you living in the moment, without being encumbered by the past. The more people train, the more they develop that focus and living in the moment, rather than in the past.

  • The total body workout of BJJ and JJJ can build strength and improve posture. Sometimes just walking taller and looking more confident changes not only how people feel about themselves, but also how others see them.
  • Jiu Jitsu teaches mental toughness and to face challenges head on.
  • Jiu Jitsu helps encourage mental health by focusing on principles that include discipline and respect, not only for others, but also for yourself.
  • Many mental health issues rise to the surface when the patient acts out the internal conflict or aggression in socially unacceptable ways like drug abuse, public hostility or self neglect. BJJ and JJJ provide a socially acceptable outlet.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, A Sport For Everyone

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, A Sport For Everyone

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman, anyone in Tempe AZ can practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It’s a sport that spans age, too. In fact, one of the grand masters and founders of BJJ, Helio Gracie, was both teaching and practicing BJJ just ten days before his death at 95. You can advance at your own pace, which makes it a sport that even the very out of shape can begin and gradually work toward a healthier fitness level and lifestyle.

Your size or strength doesn’t matter.

You expect your opponent to be bigger and stronger when you go to the mat. Size is of no consequence in BJJ. Helio Gracie was what we would think of as a small man, weighing in at 115 pounds that barely filled his 5’6″ frame. He practiced with his brother who taught Japanese Jiu Jitsu, which depends more on strength and speed, and lost matches consistently. That’s when he changed the techniques used to match his own size and used timing and leverage to take down an opponent rather than strength. It uses technique rather than brute force to win a match, so regardless of size, the person with the best technique wins.

Women can excel at BJJ.

While there are some very muscular, imposing women, on the average, most women are smaller in size than men and often not as strong. BJJ is a form of self-defense they can excel at regardless of size. Not only does it provide a means of self protection, it’s also extremely good exercise. There is no gender bias in this sport. The sport is all about technique and strategy. In fact, it’s often called the “game of human chess” because of that.

It’s extremely good exercise and can help you get into shape and shed pounds.

There are examples everywhere of people that began the sport just as a form of exercise to help them lose weight. Not only did they stick with it, they excelled and as they did, those unwanted pounds disappeared and they became fit. Unlike other types of workouts, the focus is on the fight, not how many repetitions you do. It’s on building technique. It’s one reason that people who have failed at following through with other forms of exercise, have succeeded with BJJ.

  • BJJ helps build discipline and character. It takes focus and discipline to succeed, which makes it excellent as a training tool for children. It teaches using taking responsibility and using techniques to subdue attackers with minimal force.
  • BJJ helps boost thinking power. Not only does the physical activity of the sport improve cognitive thinking, the actual planning and focus required during a spar is immense. You have to create a strategy on the fly, which is excellent brain training.
  • You’ll win, you’ll lose and you’ll realize that it’s the struggle and effort put in to win that really is important. Learning to accept failure and continuing is what builds both character and future growth.
  • It builds confidence, no matter what your age, size or sex. It’s the confidence that comes from practicing and succeeding, plus the confidence in knowing you can protect yourself.

Is Jiu-Jitsu Safe For Kids

Is Jiu-Jitsu Safe For Kids

As a parent, you want to do what is best for your child. I totally understand that. Helping them learn to live an active lifestyle and learning to eat healthy is an important factor in your child’s development. It sets them on the course for a longer, healthier life. There are many ways to achieve those goals, particularly the fitness goal. Brazilian Jui-Jitsu—BJJ—is one of those ways. Like any sport or physical activity, there will always be some danger of injury. Even ballet, swimming and running has their share and those are probably athletic endeavors most people would consider safe. Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu safe for kids? The key lies in the instruction.

The difference between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu is compartmentalization.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu roots come from Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, but its far more focused on ground fighting and grappling. It focuses on moves that allow the smaller opponent to submissions and leverage to protect and defend himself or herself from a larger, stronger opponent. It’s known as the “gentle art” for a reason. Even though your child will learn how to subdue an opponent, they also learn how to control their natural aggression. In fact, while it may seem counter-intuitive, martial arts are actually recommended for children with aggression issues, as well as those who are bullied. For those bullied, it builds self-confidence. For the aggressive, it provides an outlet while emphasizing self-control.

Careful instruction prevents injury.

Whether your child is playing in the backyard or running the bases in Little League, there’s always a chance of injury. That’s why any good Martial Arts coach always focuses on safety, whether the student is a child or an adult. I believe we have some of the best instructors, not only in Tempe, but in the country, and I know they not only do everything to ensure safety. They also teach self-discipline, which adds even one more element to a safe environment.

Kids get more than just a physical outlet from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Sure, BJJ is great exercise, but it does so much more for both children and adults. It builds confidence and respect. It doesn’t teach a child to be a bully, but rather how to defend one’s self against bullying without sinking to the same level. Respect for others is often neglected in today’s society, as well as today’s sports. We focus on self-defense and learning to discussing problems first to resolve issues. We emphasize that use of violence is not condoned and only used as a last resort to protect themselves. They develop the tools to protect themselves, no matter what their size or gender.

  • BJJ provides a full body workout, while also remaining fun. It is a sport that unlike many others, can be used to keep the body in shape for a lifetime.
  • Kids learn both discipline and goal setting when practicing BJJ. Achieving the next belt level is one way to show progress that is concrete, but BJJ instructors also focus on daily improvement.
  • BJJ helps improve coordination and body awareness.
  • The full body workout from BJJ training can help build muscle tissue and strength, improve flexibility and build quick reflexes. Those three attributes can actually protect your child from injuries that can occur in everyday life.

GD Jiu Jitsu Academy Shines at Fight to Win Pro 59

GD Jiu Jitsu Academy Shines at Fight to Win Pro 59

[By Danny O’Donnell]

Fight to Win Pro returned to Scottsdale, Arizona on Friday January 19th at the Victorium Sport

Team GD Jiu Jitsu had 6 competitors on the card: Nick Nelson, Aaron Wilson, Tyson Antillon, Josh Guerra, Beau Tribolet and Josh Rodriguez. Three competitors had no gi matches and 3 had matches in the gi.

Nick Nelson led off the card with a rear naked choke in a under a minute in a no gi match. After securing the back position early, Nick worked to lock in a rear naked choke that he was eventually able to finish.

Aaron Wilson was the second no gi match for Team GD on the night. Aaron was looking to
build upon his latest no gi success, placing second at the 2017 IBJJF No Gi Worlds. He opened up the match a beautiful takedown and transitioned straight into some aggressive guard passing. His pressure and dominant positions awarded him the decision victory.

The final no gi match for Team GD featured Tyson Antillon in a bout to contest for the Fight to Win Lightweight No Gi title. The beginning of the match saw Tyson and his opponent trade a variety of leg lock attempts. Tyson proved his attacks to be more formidable, locking in a heel hook to get the submission victory and the Lightweight title.

GD Jiu Jitsu brown belt Josh Guerra started off the team’s gi matches in very impressive fashion. Josh started the match by pulling guard and sweeping his opponent. He continued to set the pace throughout, earning more sweeps and dominant positions before securing the back position and a tight bow and arrow choke for the submission victory.

Coach Beau Tribolet was one of the first black belt matches of the night and was dominant all throughout the contest. He secured a takedown, guard passes and back takes and finished his opponent with a tight armbar.

Coach Josh Rodriguez capped off an amazing event with a sixth victory for GD Jiu Jitsu on the night. Josh used his highly effective lapel guard game to sweep his opponent and then worked multiple attacks on the feet to earn a unanimous decision victory. Congratulations to all the GD Jiu Jitsu competitors who represented our team so well on the Fight to Win stage!!

Jacob McClintock on his Bellator MMA Debut

Jacob McClintock on his Bellator MMA Debut

Bellator MMA has been building momentum as a true competitor to the UFC since current President Scott Coker started working for the promotion in June 2014. With all of the controversy surrounding the UFCs Reebok deal and fighter pay, Bellator has been able to land some of the sport’s best athletes including Rory MacDonald, Matt Mitrione, Fedor Emelianko, Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva, Phil Davis, and Paul Daley, among many others. These stars have certainly helped elevate the promotion’s ratings to new heights. Bellator’s roster building strategy has been multi-tiered, however. Scott Coker has been investing heavily in the promotion’s future crop of athletes and also exciting veterans who have a wide array of skills and always put on exciting fights.

Jacob McClintock is one of those exciting veteran fighters. Having last fought in Brazil in September of 2012, he was able to amass an 8-2 record, with 5 of those wins coming via submission. The GD Jiu Jitsu black belt suffered a serious injury in the IBJJF’s Las Vegas Open tournament in 2013, putting a halt to his MMA aspirations. His comeback to training and competition in Jiu Jitsu also rekindled the fire he had for training in the other disciplines. “One of the managers in the area hit me up it and was like hey we have a fight for you in Bellator, so I jumped on it. I was doing stand-up and wrestling before that happened so I was ready.”

Jacob was offered Jeremie “Hit Em” Holloway for his return fight. Jeremie is powerfully built and well-rounded in his skillset. His 8-2 record includes 4 KOs/TKOs and 2 submissions. Despite having dangerous finishing abilities on the ground, “Tick-Tick” made sure to focus on all areas of the game in his training. “For this fight I didn’t really focus on too much of anything. I tried to make sure that I dabbled in a little bit of everything. I still train in the gi 5 days a week with my students. I got my wrestling, stand up and strength and conditioning in around that schedule.”

As the bell rang, both fighter measured the distance before engaging. “The fight played out pretty much just how I envisioned. I wanted to throw some hands with him and get him thinking about the power in my punches and kicks.” After exchanging blows, Jacob would look to take the fight to his strongest finishing area. “I went for the takedown and once I got it to the ground I latched onto a guillotine, finishing it from the mount.” Although the fight ended in impressive fashion, Jacob is uncertain of his future in MMA. “Right now, my future MMA goals are nothing. I’m just playing it by ear. I want to focus on competing in Jiu-Jitsu and possibly MMA. It depends on whether the money is right. I don’t really care for getting hit in the face anymore. But I do want to compete, so if the money is right and the right fight is presented I’m going to jump all over that shit. For now, I’d really like to focus on my students and getting the ones that want to compete out there more. We have a great competition team and part of this was me showing them how to compete. Win, lose or draw, as long as you perform at the best of your ability you have nothing to be ashamed of.” While Jacob’s fighting future is uncertain, we will all be anxiously awaiting his next move.

[Written by Danny OD]