Training martial arts is cool, and not just when you’re a kid and everyone at school challenges you to a fight to the death.
But cool even when you’re an adult with a job and a family, or a regular bloke looking to get in the shape of his life.
There are numerous physical and psychological benefits of training martial arts, however not every sport was created equal.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of those timeless sports that will not only help you build a foundation of raw strength and power.
But will also instil some lifelong values and traits into your mind, body, and soul.
Remember, it’s never too late, or early, to learn how to defend yourself, become a fitness freak, and even become a better person altogether using the teachings of this sport.
Here are the five reasons why you should try and why you will fall in love with, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Builds a foundation of strength
There are numerous benefits of regular physical exercise. But martial arts that specialise in grappling and ground combat will build a foundation of strength unmatched by other sports.
And strength is important in the real world, not just so you could defend yourself and the ones you hold dear. But also because physical strength helps keep your skeletal and muscular systems healthy as the years go by.
Holding on to your opponent’s kimono, not letting him budge, wrapping yourself around him and keeping him in a deadlock is not an easy thing to do, but with some practice and dedication.
You will be able to overcome and subdue any foe, even those seemingly stronger than you.
Moreover, jiu-jitsu does not only make you freakishly strong, it also puts a lifelong skill into your hands, one you can use well after you stop training, if you ever do move onto other things.
This brings us to the next important point.
It’s a lifelong skill
Motor skills, patterns and reflexes are best learned at a young age, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start improving your skills as an adult as well.
BJJ is a skill, it takes time to learn, and it takes plenty of time to master, offering you a chance to improve and ultimately perfect your physical ability, and learn a skill that will allow your motor patterns and your reflexes to stay laser-sharp and fast over the years.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of those martial arts that you simply can’t forget no matter how long it’s been since you’ve last stepped on the mat.
While you might become a bit rusty if you haven’t trained in a long time, you will be able to get back to your former level quickly.
Much like riding a bicycle after a long break, it’s a skill that sticks with you. Only this one is badass.
A rigorous workout
Martial arts are excellent at substituting other forms of training, such as cardio and in some cases resistance training as well depending on your goals. And BJJ is just about the toughest workout you can get, no matter how fit you are.
The combination of bodyweight exercises coupled with endurance training before and after the technique portion of the workout is bound to elevate your heart rate.
Burn extra fat, increase your cardiovascular endurance and ultimately force your body to adapt by becoming leaner, tougher, and stronger.
If you are looking to get lean, build strength, up your endurance and still keep yourself entertained training session after training session.
There is no better way than throwing your opponent on the ground and wrestling them to submission. And yes, the feeling is amazing.
It builds mental fortitude
One can make the right choice, or one can make the easy one – martial arts teach you how to rise and thrive in the face of adversity. And always make the right choice, no matter how much the odds seem to be against you.
There is nothing that builds mental fortitude quite like having to fight for your survival when the odds are all but favourable.
And the lessons you learn fighting on the mat will translate directly into your everyday life.
People need to be braver, more determined, they need to believe in themselves and stand their ground, whether they are facing physical danger, verbal abuse, or everyday challenges at the office.
It is easy to think about quitting, that is until you try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes for yourself and learn what it means to be truly brave. What it means to persevere and rise from adversity.
No matter if you are a bloke or a girl wanting to become the strongest version of yourself, taking up BJJ will help you learn how to take your life into your own hands.
It makes you a better person
A man, or woman, capable of beating the crap out of you will never throw the first punch, or start trouble.
Martial arts have a reputation of building good. Positive people who stay out of trouble and avoid physical conflict whenever possible.
This is because they are confident, able, and because they are aware of it.
BJJ will help instill positive values in your mind and soul, allowing you to become aware, calm, and happy, ensuring your mental and physical wellbeing.
Adversity builds humility, it builds selfless pride and a sense of camaraderie with all living things.
So if you ever wanted to find an effective way to de-stress and deal will life’s hardships in a productive, healthy way, BJJ is the way to go.
Remember, through hardship and discipline you will learn to love life, respect others and be truly happy.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is dangerous, but only to those who challenge you; and it is infinitely rewarding to those who put the effort into mastering this timeless martial art.
Be sure to keep these essential benefits in mind when you first step onto the mat and you will have no problem paving the road to a healthy, strong, and positive future.
Author: Peter Minkoff
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