It’s no secret that jiu-jitsu is not just a martial art or a sport – it’s a way of life. The values and lessons we learn on the mats can be applied to the tasks and hardships of everyday life. Almost everything learned on the mats can be applied. Here is a small list of the most important mental benefits of BJJ that translate to outside life.
Keeps you fit and healthy
A lot of people start jiu-jitsu because they want an alternative way to lose weight. However, in the process they not only shed pounds from training, but also the healthy lifestyle that comes with becoming a jiu-jitsu practitioner. You can’t get good at the sport and eat poorly, and if you can, you’ll have to clean up your diet sooner or later. As such, a healthy diet will keep you working efficiently in all aspects of your life. You’ll have more energy throughout the day, both mentally and physically.
Helps you think logically
Jiu-jitsu is called ‘human chess’ for a good reason – muscle will only take you to a certain level until you really have to start thinking about technique and conserving your energy. The more you train, the more you prepare your brain to get used to thinking logically about almost everything you do. This is yet another aspect of the game that will help you both at work, with your family and pretty much everything else.
Keeps you calm
For those of you have already trained jiu-jitsu for a long time, probably don’t realize any more how much pressure you are really under when rolling – you get placed in some really tight positions. For the untrained, those positions can be extremely unnerving and learning to deal with them makes you calm in stressful situations. This can range from escaping a tight triangle to escaping mount when a larger opponent is on top. And just like on the mats, you learn to deal with stressful situations in everyday life, no matter how difficult or ‘heavy’. You learn how to think clearly and find solutions.
Keeps you confident
Loosely connected to the previous reason, if you can stay calm under pressure, you can become more confident in yourself and your ability to deal with the most difficult situations. And of course, as you get better in jiu-jitsu and your confidence improves in the technique, you can become more confident as a person with many other things in life. Competitions in general are a great way to build confidence because not only are you testing your technique in a high-pressure situation, but you also publicly perform, which is another thing to help develop overall confidence.
Helps develop dedication and a strong work ethic
Getting your next belt and preparing for tournaments is no joke. It takes time, effort and dedication. The more badly you want your next belt and the more you want to be a winner, the harder you work and you develop a very strong work ethic. Chances are, that with time in jiu-jitsu, the work ethic you develop eventually crosses over into your everyday life. You will want to put the same effort into something as you do when you strive for a medal or your next belt.