Martial arts, in general, provide quite a few benefits to people of all ages. And when it comes to a specific martial arts style and what you choose to practice, you have quite a few options. So why would you pick Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu over another martial art?
Choosing BJJ Over Other Martial Arts Styles
Here are a few reasons to consider choosing BJJ over other martial arts styles.
1. Everyone Can Practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Everyone can practice BJJ – men, women, and kids of all ages (starting as young as age 4 in our Lil Rhinos program) and ability levels. BJJ is all about using strategy and physics to beat your opponent. Rather than using size, strength, or brute force, BJJ uses leverage. Meaning even a smaller competitor can take down a larger opponent.
2. The Physical Workout
Once you’ve tried BJJ, there is no doubt that it is a full-body workout. And with BJJ, you’ll also find that you’re building both strength and aerobic fitness. At the same time, the movements of BJJ are unlike the punches and kicks found in other martial arts styles. Each move engages your whole body, particularly your core.
3. The Mental Workout
BJJ is sometimes known as the “game of human chess.” Because of the strategy and technique needed to beat an opponent, you get quite the mental workout. Over time, a BJJ student learns and trains hundreds of skills and concepts. Thinking through each move (and several moves ahead) means you must be present and focused, which makes for excellent brain training.
4. Lessons from the Mat Apply to Daily Life
As you become more experienced with BJJ, you begin to take what you’ve learned through training and apply it to your daily life. These lessons from BJJ create a positive shift in your perspective about events that happen off the mat. Little things that cause stress begin to matter less. And the ability to stay calm and focused on the task at hand goes a long way in reducing the stress you feel on a daily basis.
If you’d like to learn more about how you or your child could get started with BJJ, we’d love to help. Contact us to learn more about the programs we’re offering at Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Meridian.