Mindfulness can help you regulate your emotions, reduce stress, and manage anxiety. It’s also a skill that enables you to focus and become more aware of your thoughts and feelings without judging yourself for them. If you think about these benefits in terms of your Jiu-Jitsu practice, developing mindfulness can help you in your martial arts training and your daily life.
When people talk about developing mindfulness, meditation is usually the go-to method. And while a meditation practice is a great way to become more mindful, it’s not the only way to do so. In fact, your Jiu-Jitsu training itself is a great way to get better at this skill.
Here are a few ways that you become more mindful by training Jiu-Jitsu.
Focus on the Present
Training Jiu-Jitsu teaches you to be in the present moment and nowhere else. If you lose focus and get distracted by thinking about work, stuff you have to do, or anything outside of Jiu-Jitsu, your ability to train effectively decreases. On the other hand, when you’re able to stay focused and put 100% of your attention to applying what you’ve learned, you’ll notice more improvement.
Awareness of Thoughts
Part of your ability to focus on the present has to do with your awareness of your thoughts. The more aware you are of what you’re thinking about, the more you can keep your thoughts directed to your training. If (or when) you get distracted, this awareness helps you bring your attention back to your practice.
Awareness of What You’re Doing
Jiu-Jitsu helps you develop body awareness. You gain a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. You’re more aware of when you’re breathing and when you’re holding your breath. And you’re better able to sense your emotions, recognize what you’re feeling, and keep those emotions under control.
As you develop mindfulness in Jiu-Jitsu, your training can help you become more mindful in your daily life.
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