The effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for self-defense has been proven time and again by the Gracies for the last 80 years. But the likelihood that we’ll ever have to use BJJ more than two or three times in real scenarios is low. While it’s always a great idea to prepare for real self-defense, there are other major benefits to training BJJ. If you stick with it, over time you will come to appreciate the art as a means not just for self-defense but also for physical fitness, stress relief, and making new friends.
After a long, stressful workday sometimes what you need is to let off a little steam. That is the perfect opportunity to grab your gi, grab your gear and hit the mats. Don’t worry about how well you perform in class. Go with an empty mind and disconnect yourself from life off of the mats. Drill a new sweep you’re struggling with. Learn a new submission. Improve your guard passing game. Or better yet, just roll until you’re exhausted. By the end of training you will have released a lot of the stress and later it will be easier to deal with life’s troubles.
Improved Physical Fitness
Another bonus to practicing BJJ is improved health. When you’re on the mats you’re drilling, sweating, and moving. Your body and muscles are warm. You provide resistance for your partner as they drill. Then they will provide resistance for you while you drill. The activity of training increases cardiovascular health because it demands continuous exertion over time. With consistent training you will also notice increased endurance, possible weight loss, noticeable strength gains, and improved flexibility.
Making New Friends
Perhaps the greatest benefit of practicing BJJ is the people you meet. You will be amazed how the partner you drill with today may be a janitor or a construction worker. Tomorrow you may drill with a dentist, a cook, an engineer, or even a dishwasher repairman. You will meet people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds, and from all professions. You will go to watch UFC/MMA fights together. You will barbecue together. You will surf together. You will workout and lift weights together. You will develop a brand new social circle. They will become friends that you may have for five, ten, or even twenty years.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be so much more than just grappling. If you’re already training, congrats on taking action. Keep going. If you haven’t yet started your journey, contact a local gym and try a few classes. You may be surprised how much of a positive impact it can have in your life.
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