When you choose to do BJJ, you’re choosing to focus on your physical health, your mental strength, and your strategic planning. Though some people join BJJ for the mental aspect or the community-building, anyone who participates is going to see their physical abilities improve over time. Three of the main places they’re going to see this growth are in their strength, their balance, and their flexibility.
One of the most obvious side effects that comes with any strenuous physical exercise is an improvement in strength. The grappling done in BJJ works to grow your muscles and ultimately help you to become stronger in both your on-the-mat movements and in functional movements off of the mat. Though you may start off being sore after every class, your strength will improve to a point where even a rigorous class won’t lead to muscle soreness.
Though you may normally associate a physical trait like balance with yoga, BJJ actually serves as a great component of one’s ability to balance for long periods of time. Stabilization and core work both help to improve a student’s balance, and these make up an important piece of taking on an opponent. With greater balance comes a greater ability to stay on your feet!
A huge part of physical growth and accomplishment is flexibility. It allows your muscles the room they need to expand and also helps to prevent injury by loosening up tight muscles. Flexibility comes with the territory in BJJ, as movements and grappling help to limber you up and push the boundaries of what you’re capable of.
All in all, BJJ can help with a number of different aspects of your life, including increasing your physical abilities. To find out more about BJJ at Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, contact us today!