HOW JIU JITSU CAN HELP YOU
Jiu Jitsu originally developed in Japan in the 15th Century as a martial art and a method of close combat using gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding methods. A variety of techniques have since developed within Japan and especially in Brazil and Germany.
Jiu Jitsu is so popular that new variations have arisen even into the 20th Century, particularly evolving into a sport rather than a martial art. Jiu Jitsu also has had a significant influence on the other Oriental martial arts, Judo and Karate.
What Does Jiu Jitsu Do?
In addition to promoting fitness, students of Jiu Jitsu build self-confidence and learn to remain calm under pressure. These results develop because the process of learning Jiu Jitsu techniques requires as much mental activity as it does physical. Students find that their timidity melts and they build their mental toughness and confidence. At the same time, and most importantly, Jiu Jitsu keeps students grounded and humble.
There are some very specific physical benefits to training in Jiu Jitsu. Uniquely, Jiu Jitsu as a physical sport that includes stretching and a resistance workout, helps to build muscles and muscle groups rarely used in daily activities. One result is improved agility, reflex, and balance.
No one can live a lifetime without experiencing a fall. Jiu Jitsu students learn how to fall down without getting hurt.
As Jiu Jitsu teaches, forcing a move or counter at the wrong time never works. Timing and rhythm are integral to the Jiu Jitsu technique. Practicing this skill builds patience and self-discipline, and helps reduce stress.
In addition, Jiu Jitsu’s cardiovascular and breathing training develops anerobic and aerobic systems, resulting in much improved cardio endurance.
Jiu Jitsu for Children?
Jiu Jitsu is ideal for kids, too. It can help to sharpen a child’s analytical, problem-solving and social-emotional skills. It is both a character builder and a means for a child to respond appropriately to bullies, without being a bully him/her self.
Is that all there is to Jiu jitsu?
It has been shown that a martial art like Jiu Jitsu can actual change brain chemistry, slowing age-related brain changes.
On top of all of these benefits you’ve just learned about, Jiu Jitsu is fun. “Doing things you enjoy can extend your lifespan, and make your life more worth living,” says Dr. Mehmet Oz.