Participating in Jiu-Jitsu helps kids develop and practice valuable character-building skills, like respect, self-confidence, and patience. At the same time, a Jiu-Jitsu practice builds strength, flexibility, focus, and resolve to be successful on the mat. Usually, these types of qualities are associated with physical development. But think about how they also develop character.
Here are a few more ways that Jiu-Jitsu develops character:
Strength of character comes through facing obstacles blocking your path to success. On the mat, your opponent is the obstacle you must overcome. In life, we face challenges that require mental strength to succeed. By finding your physical strength on the mat, you will gain the confidence to handle any situation everyday life throws at you. The parallel between besting an opponent and solving a problem becomes clear; it is a valuable guide for managing your day-to-day activities.
Flexibility is a character trait apparent in how we interact with others. When facing a situation that seems impossible to manage, a flexible mindset allows for solutions that someone with a more rigid mindset may not consider. The ability to bend without breaking is key to success on the mat. Bending your thoughts without breaking friendships or agreements with others is the only way to thrive, especially in times like these.
Focus breeds success. It’s easy to see when someone is distracted during training or competition. Their movements and decision-making seem sluggish and weak. The masters of martial arts know that without focus, success is a game of chance. Loss of focus on the mat adds up to a loss in competition. And a loss of focus off the mat leads to mistakes and doubt that erode relationships and quality of work. Complete focus at all times is what separates the good from the great.
The will and resolve to finish a battle is the biggest thing between you and victory. A match can be won or lost before it even starts depending on the strength of your will. There is a difference between “I can” and “I must.” That simple shift in mindset takes us further than extra rounds of training or coaching. When you take the same willingness to complete the job to your everyday life, you become the example others want to live up to. Resolve to be the leader, and you will learn more than you ever could as a follower.
Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Meridian is here to guide you to success on and off the mat. To learn more about the programs we’re currently offering, contact us today.