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.