I may be a little biased, but the benefits of partaking in a mixed martial arts are endless. In one of my first blogs, I mentioned how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu impacts the way a practitioner thinks. Not only does our BJJ training impact our thought process, it also positively manipulates our mental health. While our physical well-being is always improved through sports, it is easy to forget how much our mental capacity is put to work as well.
One of the first ways that learning a new sport flexes our mental muscles is through memory. In BJJ, your memory plays a huge part in mastering the art. Ingraining the moves and techniques into your mind becomes overwhelming. As in any sport, practice makes perfect, and BJJ is no exception. Repeating a move over and over again is what will get you further in the sport.
Our mental well-being often has a great deal to do with patience. We often find ourselves stressed out when our patience runs thin. Being a Jiu Jitsu fighter will hammer the concept of patience into your mind. If you aren’t tolerant of repetition, then BJJ might not be your sport. You’ll have to do the same move endlessly until it becomes mastered. Even once you grasp something, you find ways to continue improving upon it.
In my opinion, the best thing you can get out of BJJ training is a sense of community. Where you practice, your classmates, and your teacher will all become an integral part of your life. Studies show that when we are part of a supportive ecosystem, we thrive in all aspects of our lives. Your BJJ family will support you through anything life throws at you. One of the most gratifying aspects of being an instructor for me, is providing students with a safe outlet to “escape reality”.
All forms of exercise are great outlets for getting out aggression and anger. In BJJ training, rolling and drills provide an opportunity to channel your frustrations into your training. Your BJJ family will never question why you need a good session and will let you push those feelings out and leave them on the mat. This being said, it is important not to take too much of your frustrations out on an opponent. Focus your anger on perfecting your drills or your supplemental training.