You probably already know about all the physical benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how it’s a great self-defense technique but did you know that there’s a lot of psychology to it, too. I have clients in Tempe, Arizona that came in just for the exercise or self-defense element and found it also helped them mentally, too. It’s not all about strength. In fact, that’s the beauty of it. It’s more about finding ways to use your opponents or attackers moves to your advantage.
Jiu Jitsu is a struggle for survival.
The actual grappling is hand-to-hand combat. It involves the close physical contact we don’t get that often in sports. It’s a challenge for becoming the dominant one in a fight and causes changes in the body that occur when this happens in real life. The fight or flight response goes into action and prepares the body. During these grappling sessions, the student learns to calm the brain and use the increased awareness and focus provided by the response.
You learn to plan moves under pressure and slow down the situation mentally.
You’ll be playing a mental chess game while you are rolling on the mat. While it takes practice, eventually you’ll be able to predict your opponents moves and plan a strategy to use it against him or her. It boosts your problem solving abilities that you can use in other areas of your life and also helps your insight in how to take a bad situation and make it better.
If you thought things were tough before you started Jiu Jitsu, you might see the world differently after you learn the sport.
You’ll be amazed at the difference in your thinking after a few months of taking Jiu jitsu. What used to be a road block often doesn’t look that way after learning it. The difficulties faced on the mat translate to life’s difficulties. When you know you can overcome them when rolling, you start to develop a confidence that you can overcome roadblocks anywhere and in any part of your life. You can identify your own strengths and weaknesses more clearly. Using that information, you can change your life by working on weaknesses and using strengths to lead.
- BJJ builds confidence. Not only will you be stronger and have a more confident appearance, you’ll also feel more confident. That confidence can bring success in all areas of life.
- You’ll burn off all the aggression in class and be calmer. Jiu Jitsu is an aggressive sport and you’ll get rid of the aggression during sessions.
- Jiu Jitsu teaches control. That self-control is important during sessions is important to avoid injuring your opponent, but also a necessary skill in daily life. It teaches respect for others.
- You learn humility and also respect for your opponent. It only takes one session of feeling powerless to make you realize you’re not the king of the hill. Respecting your opponent is another important aspect of BJJ, regardless of skill levels.