There are numerous benefits to training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that are obvious to most people. These tend to be health-related benefits and certainly stand on their own as good reasons to join a BJJ gym. Things like cardio-vascular health, strength improvements, and improvements in flexibility. What is discussed less often however, are the the psychological benefits than come with self-defense training.
Unlike other forms of martial arts training, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be trained at 100% intensity without the risk of serious injury. This is due to the use of “tapping out.” Once we find ourselves in a position that can cause damage, three taps are given to the opponent and the sparring stops. Because of this, students gain the experience of full-fledged combat situations. By repeatedly drilling how to handle these situations, a confidence on how to control one’s body in an extreme situation begins to develop. This confidence tends to remain present even in situations that are not posing physical danger due to the way our brains detect and process threats.
If you’ve ever trained in a group setting then you’ve probably experienced the bonds that tend to develop amongst training partners. Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a group setting tends to intensify this effect further. The constant give and take between training partners, as well as the shear amount of effort training requires, tends to inject immense mutual respect between classmates.
HUMILITY AND PATIENCE
This may seem like a contradiction to “improved confidence.” However, humility and confidence can absolutely coexist – and they should! Like so many aspects of training, being repeatedly “humbled” isn’t always fun. That being said, it tends to polish a person’s personality into something much more enjoyable to be around. The slow-coming nature of new skills is also a great teacher. There are many things in life that require consistent work over a long period of time to accomplish. Jiu Jitsu can help students accept this fact and adjust their output and expectations to properly meet what reality serves them.