Main Benefits of Jiu Jitsu
Self-defense: Jiu Jitsu is called the “gentle” Martial Art. It was designed to give power to the weaker opponent. Jiu Jitsu relies more on technique than strength. Women especially benefit from the techniques taught in Jiu Jitsu. Using these techniques, a smaller person can immobilize a heavier attacker.
Decrease stress and increase well-being: There is a good reason that there is a partnership between jiu jitsu gyms and former soldiers.(Mission 22, We Defy). Jiu jitsu is a highly physical activity and has the power to reduce stress . Our brains releases a hormone called endorphin during and after a physical activity. This hormone regulates emotions and the perception of the pain, relaxing and bringing well-being to the practitioner.
Get your body in great shape: Although Jiu Jitsu does not rely so much on strength, it is a great sport to define the body. Many of the positions require the use of multiple muscles, and holding these positions helps to tone the body. Cardiovascular health is improved by pairing exercises on the floor along with aerobic exercises. This improvement will make you feel better than you ever have before.
Weight loss: Another main benefit of Jiu Jitsu is weight loss. In a 90-minute class the practitioner can lose 500 to 1000 calories.
Improves reflexes: Jiu Jitsu is a sport that is based more on technique than on strength, so the practitioner will hone their reflexes to be able to apply the techniques at the appropriate time
Develop character: In addition to fighting skills, Jiu Jitsu teaches the mental attitude of a fighter. The ability to overcome, to learn how to deal with pressure, to respect others, and have persistence to achieve your goals are all part of the mental strength necessary in jiu jitsu.
Supportive, Positive Relationships: My most endearing, positive, productive, and enduring relationships have been established through the martial arts.Martial arts not only shaped who I am today, but has been the single most positively influencing factor in my life. Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D., CLC, CPT