Developing Positive Skillsets and Belief Systems through Jiu-Jitsu Training
Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that will push you both mentally as well as physically. Ask anyone who’s been grappling for some time and they’ll tell you that the skills that you gain from Jiu-Jitsu can also transfer over into life. From pushing through obstacles to overcoming negative thinking, this wonderful sport offers an assortment of benefits that you can carry over into real-world situations. Below, we’ll talk about a few of them.
Develop Self-Confidence and Motivation
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that is really good at forcing you to stay focused on your goals. If you miss practice, for example, then you’re going to feel it when sparing. Likewise, if you slack off in important areas of life- like health or building strong relationships- then you are going to suffer in those areas. Jiu-Jitsu training teaches you how to become more confident in your abilities while providing you with the motivation that you need to chase down those goals that you really would like to see come true.
A Sense of Purpose
If you’re already a grappler then you already understand the great sense of purpose that Jiu-Jitsu can provide. There’s no better feeling than achieving a grappling goal that you’ve really been striving for, and it is this kind of “hunger” that can keep you pushing forward through the inevitable obstacles that life will throw at you. Whether you’re a complete newbie or seasoned expert, this sport will help you grow as a person as well as provide you with a sense of purpose that you will feel daily. Few other sports can provide this type of consistent satisfaction.
Remember – There WILL Be Setbacks
In both Jiu-Jitsu as well as life, there will be setbacks. And a lot of the times, these setbacks may cause you to lose motivation. Fortunately, Jiu-Jitsu training is a great sport for teaching you how to overcome these setbacks so that you can achieve what you really want in this world.
While tapping out to a deep triangle choke may cause you to feel down, the truth is that there is something to learn from that experience. Similar to life, there is always something to learn- even when you don’t achieve something that you really wanted.
There Are No “Quick Fixes”
Some people approach life with the victim mentality, as if the world owes them something. As a result, they search for the “easy fix” to their problems. Unfortunately, there is no easy button in life, and Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that represents this concept quite well. In fact, Jiu-Jitsu is the epitome of the “no shortcut” mentally because there is literally nothing else you can do to get better than put in the time training and getting better at the gym.
Your Body and Mind Are Your Greatest Assets
Something that you will truly come to appreciate about Jiu-Jitsu is that this is a sport that forces you to utilize your two most important weapons- your body and your mind. It is important that you exercise both of them on a daily basis. This includes not only building up your conditioning but also building your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Once you start investing in your body and mind, you will notice that great things will start happening both on and off the mat.
The Daily Grind is a Way of Life – One That Teaches Many Lessons
On your Jiu-Jitsu journey, you will experience both success as well as failure. This is a sport that will teach you how to deal with the difficulties that life throws at you. Did you lose your job? It’s okay! You will find another one.
Similar to getting tapped out, there are always opportunities to get better and increase your situation. Once you develop the “Jiu-Jitsu mindset”, you’ll notice that all of your problems become less and less troublesome, and that you can push through obstacles much more easily.
Jiu-Jitsu Training: Open Guard Cross Choke
Health Benefit #3: Decreased Chances of Developed Type-2 Diabetes
It’s estimated that by 2050, approximately 1 in 3 Americans are going to be both obese and/or diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. That’s quite a bit. Fortunately, experts have suggested that consistent, hard paced exercise routines (like those brought on by MMA training), can dramatically lower your risk for developing type-2 diabetes. On the same token, regular exercise has also been proven to increase growth hormone levels (which tend to decline during old age), as well as increase the quality of your digestive system.