When you’re first in a jiu jitsu class, you think it’s all about the moves and strength. The longer you practice, the more you realize mental side of jiu jitsu is just as important, if not more important. If you don’t have the mental toughness, you’ll most likely quit before you build the strength, flexibility and endurance. You won’t make it through the beginning training because you’ll find it difficult. However, that training also helps build mental toughness, so it prepares you for the more difficult times.
Learning the moves and practicing is an important part of the journey.
There’s so much to learn that once you start on the path of jiu jitsu, you’re always a student. There’s always something more to add to your repertoire. It’s more than just learning the moves and practicing them, it’s being able to slow your mind and pull those moves out when you need them the most. That takes consistent practice.
Honing your focus and concentration can help you in a match.
If a far bigger opponent has you in a compromising position, it can be tough to slow your mind and concentrate on what to do next. Learning to improve your concentration can make the difference between winning and losing a match. That mental ability can help you eliminate all the distractions and focus entirely on the next moves. It’s the mental part of the sport that keeps your eyes on the prize.
Learning to quiet your mind before a match and relax is a true skill.
It’s easy to psych yourself out if you face an opponent with great skills or ones different from your own. However, that’s exactly the time you need to be focusing more on ways to use their strengths against them. However, mental skills also include assessing your own strengths before the match and developing the confidence to know you’ll be able to prevail, even if your opponent is highly skilled.
- Developing goal setting skills is also part of the training in jiu jitsu. Being able to identify a skill and working toward mastery is important in every facet of life.
- Mental skills also include learning respect for an opponent and that matches aren’t about anger, but skill.
- As you progress in jiu jitsu, you become more aware at the things you need to do to be better at the sport, such as eating healthier and getting adequate sleep.
- You’ll develop confidence as you practice your skills and feel more in command. Half of the battle in any sport or part of life is the confidence to follow through. Confidence shows to others.