JIU-JITSU: More Than “Just” A Sport

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Jiu-Jitsu is unlike anything else you’ve ever been a part of and brings people closer together on and off the mats

JIU-JITSU: More Than “Just” A Sport

Jiu-Jitsu is unlike anything else you’ve ever been a part of and brings people closer together on and off the mats  

Alberta, Canada

There is a common misconception about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. For those who have never stepped onto the mats, it looks intimidating, to say the least. After all, how could a sport that involves attempting to break your partner’s limbs and cause them to go un-conscious be considered a ‘gentle art’? However, for the millions who participate worldwide, no matter to them if it’s a hobby, or if they’re the highest level of competitor one can be, they have been able to grasp that jiu-jitsu is so much more than ‘just’ a sport.

It’s no secret that BJJ teaches practitioners self-defense, but people on the outside often do not see the psychological benefits that come with it. Jiu-Jitsu teaches patience, and most seasoned practitioners experience a mental state called ‘mushin’. To reach this state means to have a mind clear from fear, anger, loose thoughts, and ego. When this occurs, one will begin to rely on their instincts and flow instead of their thoughts to react to their opponent’s movement. As a result of this, a sense of peace and calm is brought to their mind, much like how many other people feel after meditation or going for a walk for some fresh air. 

There is so much more jiu-jitsu can offer a person other than a sense of peace and a clear mind. Always having to fight to get to the dominant position, maintaining said position, or trying to keep yourself out of trouble will push you to not only your physical limits but also your mental limits. This will cause you to think on your feet (or back), enhancing your problem-solving skills and ability to remain calm under stressful situations.

There is no limit on the benefits that jiu-jitsu can bring to you in your daily life. There aren’t many activities that involve people from all walks of life coming together to push each other beyond their limits and creating that sense of community for each other at the same time. Jiu-Jitsu is for everybody. No matter your shape, size, gender, or where you come from. You aren’t going to get the full experience sitting on the sidelines… So what are you waiting for? Get on the mats.

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