Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Why Grappling Is Good for the Soul

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is one of the most useful martial arts to learn for self-defense. But, there's more to this discipline than training in a class or wrestling with your friends.

BJJ comes with a handful of unseen benefits that many people aren't aware of.

Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we got you covered.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know.

It's Human Chess

In fast-paced martial arts like boxing, you don't always have time to plan your next move. Much of the fight comes down to reflexes and how efficiently you trained for the match.

In BJJ, however, you have a little more breathing room. You have time to plan your attack, defense, and to think about how to escape a hold your opponent has you in.

You can also predict how your opponent will react to a specific approach and then transition into another movement to throw them off. The possibilities are endless, and this level of critical thinking carries over into the rest of your life, as well.

For example, imagine sparring against someone much larger and stronger than you. If you charge and attempt to overpower them, you'll lose.

This will teach you to analyze your situation and make the decision with the best possible outcome.

It Will Humble You

Humility is something that needs to be learned firsthand, and many of us need it.

An all-too-common scenario is someone strong and athletic (but inexperienced) getting pinned by someone less physically imposing. When you've been defeated and things haven't gone your way, it teaches a valuable lesson.

Learning to accept losing will not only develop respect for your opponent (and your future ones), but it will also make you self-aware of your strengths and weaknesses.

Controlling your emotions is an invaluable skill that can greatly benefit you for the rest of your life.

Lifelong Friendships

When you continually spar with the same people, you develop a bond stronger than you would with someone you meet at a bar or event. You've seen them win, lose, fail, and overcome.

They've also seen you do the same. Learning and improving with someone by your side is a great way to form long-lasting friendships that you'd have difficulty finding anywhere else.

It's also a great way to meet new people in general if you're new to the area or are looking for likeminded individuals to hang out with. This is especially true for teenagers, where the friends they make during this stage of their life will likely be their friends for years to come. 

Understanding Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Can Seem Difficult

But it doesn't have to be.

With the above information in mind, you'll be well on your way to unlocking (and taking advantage of) the hidden benefits of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

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