Written By Steven Dudley
Have you ever thought of putting together a pro’s and con’s list on whether or not you should learn jiu jitsu? Well let me help you with that. Listed below are ten of the most important benefits of learning jiu jitsu I have spent a lot of time researching and thinking about. Please leave a comment below if you feel like something important was left out, or if you just want to add to this list for other readers.
The first reason to start a martial art such as jiu jitsu is for self-defense. I am a firm believer that everyone should be able to defend themselves in one form or the other. People take life and safety for granted, but when things hit the fan everyone should be able to defend themselves and the ones they love.
Everyone should pick up a hobby for themselves for health benefits. Jiu jitsu and other forms of martial arts offer that to the fullest degree. Adding weightlifting and dieting to your jiu jitsu routine will also help you find those results you are looking for.
Consistently being on the mats each week creates a positive routine that in return it makes you more disciplined in other aspects of life. If you don’t let spontaneous plans or lack of motivation interrupt your jiu jitsu nights, then the positive chain of discipline is likely to carry over into other aspects of your life.
4. Making New Friends
More like a family to be honest. I have met some amazing people that come from different backgrounds I would have never met anywhere else in my life. Putting in hard work with other people forms a sort of bond that is hard to break. You sweat together, bleed together, and maybe you cry together? At the end of the day you just want the best for each other. This reason is probably enough alone for some of you reading this to join a gym. It can be hard to make friends as an adult and there might not be a better place to look than on the mats!
5. Relieving Stress
Life comes in waves, we ride the highs too high and we the lows too low. Get out of your head and into your body I once heard a yoga teacher say. That statement in relation is so true when it comes to jiu jitsu. When life gets hard and you want to stray away from jiu jitsu, realize that’s when you need jiu jitsu the most. It sounds counter intuitive but trust me it works.
6. Jiu Jitsu Keeps You HUMBLE
We have all been known to get a big head a time or two in our lives. Perhaps we submit a lot of white belts, blue belts, or even some purple and brown belts on the mat one night? But eventually we all run across that person or two that just has our number. Nothing we do works for whatever reason and we realize that it transfers to life the same way. Some days we are at our best and some days we are not. The only thing that matters is knowing that maybe we can choke out most people around us, but there is always that one person who can return the favor on us.
7. Problem Solving and Dealing With Failure: Learn How To Overcome
This is something I believe is getting lost in today’s society. So many people are quick to give up when they face challenges. Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to keep fighting for the things you want in life. Surviving chokes teaches you how to survive in life, and when the moment is right you implement your offensive attack. “You are never more in the moment than when you are defending a choke.”- (Fight Chix) Not sure I have ever heard a statement more true than this.
You can virtually go anywhere in the world and learn jiu jitsu. There are multiple gyms all over the globe that will gladly take you in whether you pay for it or it’s offered for free while you’re visiting. The old saying goes, “you can learn at least one thing from everyone in the world.” -(Someone Smart) Jiu Jitsu is no different, so travel and elevate your game.
9. Learn How To Master Something
Attempting to put in your 10,000 hours looks like a long journey when you first start. How you spend your time defines who you are. -(Oprah Winfrey) Once you learn the habits of what it takes to become a master at something, then you can replicate those same actions on the next thing in life you want to master. In jiu jitsu or any martial art at that matter is a good start where you can see your progressions along your journey. You will lay out the ground work or blueprints on what it takes to become an expert.
If I haven’t convinced you to give jiu jitsu a try yet, then this is my last try. It is just plain fun! I can’t think of a better hobby that challenges my physical or mental self. Everything I learn on the mats translates to the real world. Jiu jitsu is the hardest part of my day, but also the most fun and rewarding as well. Everything after or in-between just seems trivial.
Until next time friends, have a great week!