Personal development is broken into four different categories. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are huge components of who we are as individuals. We beleieve that jiu-jitsu is the gateway to hitting all four of these categories at once. Training jiu-jitsu does not just have profound impacts on one’s physical health but their mental, emotional, and spiritual sides as well. In this article, we will discuss the mental benefits of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Mental Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
The best part about training jiu-jitsu is not just the fact that you get into excellent physical condition. The best part about taking on this martial art is the mental clarity you receive as a result of training.
Brazilian JIu-Jitsu is a mental game just as much as it is a physical one. This martial art will mentally stimulate your mind like no other sport you have ever taken on, teach you valuable lessons, and ingrain real mental toughness into your soul.
In our time of training, we have completely been able to level up our mental well-being due to the things we have learned on the mats. We grew up playing sports and nothing has taught us more than the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
One of the reasons the sport is so deeply impactful is that it is a solo sport. When you mess up there is no one else to blame. If you quit, you are the problem. If you cannot learn on the fly, you are responsible for the consequences.
Those that embrace this type of personal responsibility and allow for the martial art to reshape their spirit will become new humans through the journey!
Facing Your Issues
Issues in life happen all the time. No one’s life is easy. We all have those little things that irritate us or really large conflicts that could change our lives… whatever it is, they come out of nowhere.
Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that forces you to face problems and react in real-time. By default of choosing to roll on the mats with someone, you are playing a game of human chess. Who can make the best strategic moves to make the opponent submit or lose? You are in a race to the end of the buzzer.
This process in itself forces you to solve puzzles with the other person you are competing with. Both of you are in a game of solving problems that the other person has put on in front of you. How you react at the moment will define the outcome, just like in life.
The Importance of Sucking At Something
At the Grapplers Graveyard, we firmly believe that sucking at things and having the willingness to learn are the best indicators that someone is on their way to success. Sucking at something and learning through trial and error is the only way information sticks.
This process is known as deep learning. When you fall (or get submitted) in jiu-jitsu you are actively partaking in a deep learning process. Over time your skills will grow and you will blossom into a new person from your decision to choose growth over perfection.
We are at our best when we are on a journey for self-mastery!
In today’s world, people are too comfortable.
The only way to grow and learn as a person is to step outside of your comfort zone. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable is a common term that is thrown around in the motivation sphere of the internet and it has a deep truth to it.
Training jiu-jitsu will make you uncomfortable at times, especially in the beginning. You will walk in for your first 6 months getting beat up… the beautiful thing about that is that everyone in that room training was in that exact same position.
Jiu-Jitsu introduces stressful situations from day one. This martial art was built as a self-defense technique so its whole goal is to teach you how to handle the stress of someone trying to attack you.
Learning how to handle stress in an effective way is a game-changer for our everyday lives. This has easily been the biggest benefit we have personally received from picking up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The gym NEVER gave us this type of feeling and I would argue it probably never would have.
Felling a deep sense of calmness in our spirit is a new thing for us. We have always been on the more anxious side. When we look back at the person we were before we started training it is like a night and day difference!
Training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has been one the biggest game changers for us personally in 2022. Going into 2023 we look forward to getting more training under our belt and competing in local tournaments. The Grapplers Graveyard continues to grow and will be the premier place grapplers worldwide choose to go to level up their life!