Many of The Ways BJJ Will Improve Your Life Off the Mats… A Few May Surprise You

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How BJJ improves your life outside the gym with increased confidence, stress relief, fitness, snd so much more

Many of The Ways BJJ Will Improve Your Life Off the Mats… A Few May Surprise You

How BJJ improves your life outside the gym with increased confidence, stress relief, fitness, and so much more  

Location: Sherwood Park, Alberta

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Take a moment and think about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in relation to your life off the mats. If you have been training BJJ(even for a short period of time), there are probably some positive changes you have seen in your everyday life. Maybe it is something you haven’t thought of, or perhaps you know right away. Martial Arts, in general, have a fundamental influence on life outside the gym.

Some are more obvious than others and can be noticed right away. Some take more time to develop. Can you think of any examples? Do they apply to you? Have you noticed them in others? It seems the majority of people start training for a few reasons. Self-defense, weight loss, or maybe even for MMA.

However, if you are anything like me or the countless practitioners around the globe, the life lessons it teaches keep you coming back to the mats for more time and time again.

Everyone remembers their first class. It is a nerve-wracking experience walking into an atmosphere where people are trying to break limbs and choke each other unconscious, but something about it keeps you coming back for more. If you’re drilling movements/techniques and live training, even just a couple times a week, you will notice a difference in your daily life. Physically people start to look and feel healthier, and mentally people have a growth in confidence relating to physical altercations and self-defense. These changes are almost inevitable in the short term, where time and effort are in place. Very early in my jiu-jitsu journey, I noticed these personally.

Photo by: Shei…. Two Black Belts locked in a roll

I also had the opportunity to travel and see the 2012 IBJJF World Championships 3 months after I started training. BJJ at an MMA gym in Edmonton, Alberta, was my only exposure prior to that tournament. After attending arguably one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, I realized physical fitness and self-defense were only the beginning.

Even if you haven’t had the opportunity to see ‘the jiu-jitsu lifestyle’ in full force at a major event, it doesn’t take much effort to find articles, videos, and even podcasts online. How to improve your life with jiu-jitsu is a growing topic of conversation. Whether it’s a celebrity or an average person, most practitioners seem to grow on a personal level. Engaging your mind during a physical ‘chess match’ teaches a calm demeanor, patience, resiliency, consistency, understanding of strengths and weaknesses, thinking multiple steps ahead, and creating/seizing opportunities as they arise. You have to learn when you lose and set your ego aside.

Also, with BJJ being an individual sport, you have to rely on yourself. Having a team environment helps build social skills, but it’s up to up at the end of the day. You have to eat correctly and take care of your body to reach your full potential. Daily stressors seem to melt away after a challenging class, and although exhausted, you feel refreshed. With many more examples out there, you can see how any one of these can help with everyday life off the mats.

A common thing said by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners is that the world would be a better place if everyone trained. Although this may not be a realistic goal, it is easy to see what it means. Imagine if everyone in the world learned even a couple of things from the examples written above.

Photo by Duncan…. Man in BJJ Gi playing guitar at Edge Water high school

BJJ continues to grow, and with that, so do people. Next time you are rolling, keep these examples in mind. Do you apply them? Do you need to work on them? How would learning these skills benefit your life off the mats? The fitness and self-defense aspects naturally come, but learning and growing through jiu-jitsu is a never-ending, rewarding journey.

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