The benefits of taking brazilian jiu-jitsu go far beyond the acquisition of skills that comprise BJJ as a martial art. Participants begin to see physical changes that contribute to greater flexibility and stamina, as well as improved mental acuity and agility.
Many people have heard about “the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” lifestyle, but what is it exactly? It is the combination of the physical and mental improvements that happen naturally, as you train, which you take with you through your day. In today’s world, we often find ourselves moving our bodies in traditionally unnatural ways – we slump and watch TV, we hover over a keyboard or phone, we stand for hours at a counter.
BJJ combats these unnatural postures by stretching the body and adding an element of dynamic tension. These activities are drilled repetitiously. As it happens, the practitioner not only develops a better understanding of the art, they create a tighter relationship between the mind and body. In addition, the ongoing learning process promotes a newfound perseverance in you. The blog breakingmuscle.com says: “Walking into a class after spending months learning a technique, attempting it, and being crushed by everyone is not a good feeling. What is a good feeling is walking in the next day and trying it again. The mental strength to keep pushing even when things are not going your way will show up in other areas of your life outside of the gym.”
In coming weeks, we will be adding more articles about the benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other martial arts that you can take at our martial arts academy in West Hartford. We look forward to your comments or personal testimony about BJJ in your life.