ONE – SPARKS PASSION
This is the most immediate change you will notice and feel when starting Jiu Jitsu. Passion created from Jiu Jitsu, can only be described and understood once you pass a couple of day or weeks of training. Once you pick it up, it is hard to stop. Although Jiu Jitsu is a difficult art to master, that does not take away from the consistent progress you will see when training week to week. You will find that your movements will improve, coordination will sharpen, and your understanding of distance, leverage and timing will translate into your daily life almost instantly. This is what I believe will spark the magic of passion; when all these things are mixed together to create this wonderful feeling of purpose and hope. Of course, it can be a lot more complex than that. However, when you meet someone who has dedicated a large amount of time towards mastering this art, you will notice that they speak only with passion.
TWO – IMPROVES FITNESS LEVELS
Once you feel that passion running through you, the next major change you will begin to notice is your fitness level. This is due to the fact that Jiu Jitsu is a mix of aerobic and strength training. You will start to feel soreness in parts of your body that you never thought could be sore! However, after a few weeks, that soreness will begin to turn to armor and what used to seem impossible before becomes possible. Getting into amazing shape through Jiu Jitsu is guaranteed to build up your confidence as well. Although it is extremely important to focus on developing strength throughout the body, one thing martial arts schools tend to leave out is helping students through the recovery aspect. After training in martial arts and Jiu Jitsu for the majority of my life, the number one killer of long-term training is injury. To help with injury prevention, things like facia release, weight training, yoga and using a specialist like a physiotherapist are very important. Here at Stasis, we offer a Yoga for Recovery program that helps the students to gain a healthy range of motion, reduce next day soreness and burnouts, as well as helping the body remain flexible and strong without adding stress to the joints (among many other physical and mental benefits). In order to continue to safely increase your fitness levels and get into better physical shape, it is extremely vital to have a restore and recovery process.
THREE – PART OF A COMMUNITY
Without the feeling of belonging to a community or something bigger than yourself, it can build a resentment as well as a mild depression. Being part of a smaller community where people know who you are, are understanding of one another and inspires each other it a build part in feeling fulfilled in life. Finding the right community to be a part of will help keep you motivated but also keep you accountable. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, as long as you are part of a community, family, tribe… you are given the feeling of belonging. Of course, there are things like being bullied or lack of confidence that can contribute to someone not wanting to be part of a group. Even though Jiu Jitsu schools can feel intimidating at first, because of the type of close contact sport it is, you will notice you will be welcomed with open arms. I personally, still get such immense joy when I see someone who is typically very shy, taking that brave step to bring themselves into a Jiu Jitsu group. When you see their eyes light up from acceptance, they begin to feel pride and confidence in themselves; because they were involved. Jiu Jitsu is a humbling experience which is the primary reason why it builds such a tight knit community.
FOUR – PROBLEM SOLVING
The entire sport of Jiu Jitsu is about problem solving. The difference between Jiu Jitsu and other problem-solving tactics is the fact that you have to solve the issue through thought, but also through touch. Gaining and understanding in the way your body moves in relation to your training partners and building knowledge on movement patterns is an excellent way to work the brain. Keep in mind however, that people do learn in many different ways. Myself in particular, needs a hands-on approach by having someone demonstrate the technique in front of me or by having me jump in to help demonstrate. Through the process of learning how to problem solve and discovering my own capabilities, I can definitely say my problem-solving skills have grown exponentially. Jiu Jitsu is a beautiful took in helping students discover their way of learning as well as developing their skills.
There are so many benefits to Jiu Jitsu and a large list of reasons to try it out, but these four are the most talked about and also create amazing confidence in any individual who is trained in this martial art. The benefits you can receive from Jiu Jitsu are so vital and massive that it deserves an attempt at the sport; at possibly having a life changing journey. This applies to ALL kids, adults and genders. Go ahead and take that first step down an exciting new path! Most schools will have a free trial so you can try out the classes with no fear and experience the start of this beautiful art for yourself.
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