Benefits of jiu-jitsu

Anyone who does jiu-jitsu will tell you how fantastic it is – it’s addictive and rewarding, and the huge number of benefits out-weigh most sports on the planet.

Jiu-jitsu is more than just a sport – it’s a lifestyle – and the lessons you learn can help you everywhere else in life.

Jiu-jitsu teaches:

  • Control
  • Discipline
  • Gratitude
  • How to use technique over strength
  • Humbleness
  • Listening skills
  • Patience
  • Problem-solving
  • Resilience
  • Respect
  • Survival under pressure
  • That it’s ok not to know everything

Physical benefits

Workouts are more fun when you forget you’re working out, and that’s exactly what you get with jiu-jitsu.

Jiu-jitsu can also help you:

  • Gain muscular strength and endurance
  • Get the cardio exercise you need to keep your heart fit and healthy
  • Strengthen your core
  • Improve flexibility and mobility
  • In self-defence situations
  • Feel energised

Psychological benefits

When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.

“Without knowing it, students of BJJ offer each other a powerful, affirming, accepting, and biologically-mediated experience, simply through the body-to-body contact that occurs throughout BJJ. Such contact triggers the release of neurochemicals in our brain and hormones throughout our body, which make us more aware, focused, and connected. Oxytocin is one hormone often called the “cuddle” or “empathy” hormone, which is released in the body during such physical contact. It is likely one reason why friendships develop so quickly and deeply amongst BJJ students.”

Psychology Today

Jiu-jitsu can:

  • Provide stress relief
  • Give you an overall sense of improvement
  • Make you feel a sense of belonging
  • Introduce you to life-long friends and a strong community
  • Make you feel calm and less aggressive
  • Stimulate your mind
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Make you feel empowered
  • Improve concentration