A martial arts practice that focuses on valuable life skills has the potential to turn even the shyest individuals into a confident, outgoing, and positive person who stands up for themselves.
Increasing your confidence through Jiu-Jitsu is caused by several factors. Here are four ways that a Jiu-Jitsu practice builds self-confidence.
1. Physical Fitness and Self-Defense Skills
Jiu-Jitsu is a full-body workout that not only improves your physical fitness but also teaches you self-defense skills. You learn how to defend yourself against a threat of any size or shape, including an attacker who is larger and stronger than you. When you have the skills and physical fitness to defend yourself, it’s empowering and results in a boost in self-confidence.
2. Goal-Setting and Recognizing Accomplishments
Goals are a way to focus your martial arts training and help you see the results you’re after. Setting and achieving realistic goals (both large and small) provides students with a sense of accomplishment. Even taking the time to acknowledge a small success is valuable. The smaller successes add up and result in more significant victories. Recognizing the individual effort that went into achieving your goals is where the increase in confidence comes from.
3. Overcoming Failures
Jiu-Jitsu presents a variety of challenges on as well as off the mat. As a martial arts student, you get consistent practice in using the skills you have learned to overcome each challenge. However, not all challenges result in the outcome you want. Sometimes you’ll mess up, make a mistake, and fail. But when you keep coming back and trying new ways to meet each challenge, not only will you improve as a student, but you’ll also increase the belief you have in yourself.
Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Meridian provides an excellent experience in learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for self-defense, competition, and fitness. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.