1. It keeps us fit.
Lets face it – BJJ is the best workout because we exercise our entire body in one session and we burn copious amounts of calories. Think about all the times you’ve heard beginners tell you how sore they have been after their first few training sessions even though they have played so many others sports. Grappling based sports are easily the most challenging for the body.
2. We learn practical skills.
BJJ is the perfect combination of a workout and learning self-defense skills, as the Gracies had shown decades ago. They also positioned BJJ to become one of the main components of MMA, giving practitioners that option. Additionally, assistant instructors in BJJ develop managerial and communication skills when teaching classes where they must run an efficient class within a certain time limit and efficiently explain techniques and their details.
3. Gives us a confident boost.
One of the most stereotypical things you will hear from a salesmen at a martial arts club, especially for a kids program, is that if you start martial arts, you will gain more confidence. Whether it’s for children or for adults, this is true. In the time it takes to go from white to blue belt, most practitioners face challenges that result in a confidence boost. This spawns from competing, paying due diligence for the next belt, learning to cope with larger opponents and effectively controlling dangerous techniques. Either way, a combination of these factors throughout the years develops a strong character and a new outlook on life.
4. We create strong new bonds.
If you browse any jiu-jitsu enthusiast’s facebook profile, you will see that they have created strong bonds with their academy. BJJ is a team sport – no one can progress without partners and a dedicated instructor. Teammates often hangout outside of training; going for food, relaxing and doing other activities. Many people consider their teammates as family. The more you train, the closer you get to your peers and teacher. This is a side of BJJ that is seldom discussed but we all know that it’s something we truly appreciate in our sport.
5. You can train for your entire life.
Helio Gracie and other red belts, are the first people that come to mind when proving this point. Obviously they train at their own pace, but it’s the gentle art and if you roll with the right people you can just continue training and enjoy the sport.
6. It keeps us humble.
We often hear people recounting their earlier experiences in BJJ – about how they got dominated by someone smaller and as a result, committed to training. This humbling experience is the major eye opener for beginners and the fact there is always going to be someone out there that can crush you keeps us in-check – a great lesson in life.
7. It keeps us mentally sharp.
When we are rolling, we need to adapt to different scenarios. There are no matches in jiu-jitsu that are exactly the same. There are many movements that can be utilized and it’s up to your abilty to act the right way at the right time. The more advanced your opponent, the sharper you will need to be. So this is one of the greatest allures of BJJ, the human chess game – staying one step ahead of your opponent.