Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is far more than simply another sport. It’s also much more than any other traditional martial art. In many ways, it can, in fact, change your life and how you approach it.
You’ve probably heard the “Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle” around the grapevine in Santa Barbara, but what exactly does this even mean?
In this blog post, we will uncover the hidden benefits that are not always apparent to those outside of the world of Jiu-Jitsu to explain how it benefits our students and members in transforming their lives for the better, both physically and mentally.
And if you decide you want to give the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle a try, our studio in Santa Barbara is the perfect place with insightful instructors and a fun, community environment.
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Physical Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu
When you first walk into a Jiu-Jitsu studio, you will more than likely see plenty of athletes in excellent physical condition. This is the inevitable side effect of practicing Jiu-Jitsu as it improves your core and overall physique without you even feeling as if you are working out. You will see your body begin to change after just one session and continue to change with each week you progress in your Jiu-Jitsu program.
You will also find after just a few Jiu-Jitsu classes that your body is much more flexible. On top of flexibility, your overall health and wellness will improve great leaps without it even being your primary goal. This is the best part about exercise — the improvements under the surface that aren’t even recognized in most cases. Whether it’s improved cholesterol, blood sugar, or any other health component, our students don’t walk in the door with these goals in mind, but they happen nonetheless!
On top of all of the muscle and health benefits, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches you to use your body as one complete unit. In our current society where most of the average day is spent sitting, driving, or working at a computer, the body develops many strange and unnatural movement patterns. The body awareness that BJJ teaches you is priceless. With an increase in your body awareness, strength and mobility will soon follow. You will not always see these improvements in strength immediately on the mats necessarily, but the next time that you are in the weight room, you will be able to handle more weight as your body’s muscles are more in-sync.
Mental Benefits Of Jiu-Jitsu
In our humble opinion, these are the most important improvements that you can experience from attending Jiu-Jitsu classes. The process of learning Jiu-Jitsu moves and techniques requires just as much mental discipline as it does physical — or perhaps even more.
When doing Jiu-Jitsu training, you are a student. You study the techniques just as you would study a new, foreign concept in the classroom. You then learn how to apply it outside of the classroom and in competitions or real-life scenarios for self-defense. Being able to learn something and apply it to your life is a skill that will help you to succeed in just about anything you set your heart and mind to.
Stay tuned for more benefits that you can expect to receive from joining the movement known as the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle, and if you want to see what all of the hype is about, sign up for a free class today! We are always accepting new members at our Jiu-Jitsu studio in Santa Barbara.