Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Benefits

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Benefits

BJJ Master Helio Gracie Mural

People pursue training in the martial arts for a variety of compelling reasons. Fitness, improve self-discipline and self-confidence, or as a form of self-defense. The study of martial arts, and particularly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ provides those benefits and more. These include:


  1. Physical Fitness – Improved fitness, strength, and overall physical conditioning. During your BJJ class, you’ll build strong muscles, burn calories and body fat, and increase your stamina and endurance. You’ll be practicing self-defense moves like takedowns, choke holds, and locks in addition to warm-up and cool-down activities. Training is great for conditioning and building endurance and helps to improve flexibility, balance, and muscle coordination.


  1. Increased Self Confidence – BJJ training has developed over the years to teach techniques that allow a smaller and weaker person to take down much bigger and stronger opponents. This is the main reason that BJJ is the most highly recommended self-defense class for women and is suitable for trainees of all ages and sizes. Once you begin to practice and understand how you can defeat larger opponents, you will become more confident in your ability to protect yourself and perhaps others.


  1. Relieves Stress – Exercise and calisthenics combined with practicing your takedowns and escapes promotes the release of healthy hormones and neurotransmitters within your body. The activity and exercise will relieve the stress that has built up throughout your day, reducing your blood pressure, stabilizing your blood sugar and reducing your risk for cardiac (heart) conditions or stroke.


  1. Self-defense – As previously mentioned, Jiu-Jitsu and later, Brazilian Style Jiu Jitsu, is best known for its ability to help a small and weak person to submit larger opponents with the use of proper techniques. If the larger opponent who may be attacking you has no training, you will be able to defeat that aggressor with your superior ground fighting skills. The effectiveness of BJJ has resulted in it’s being incorporated into a variety of programs, from military special forces to many organized women’s self-defense training programs. BJJ is widely studied and used in mixed martial arts, proficiency in grappling and “ground fighting” has become a requirement for survival within the cage. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu continues to be one of the most dominant martial arts styles used in MMA.


People who make the effort and commitment to practicing BJJ and follow through with that commitment, are healthier, more fit, and that carries through into their daily lives. They will eat better and healthier, sleep better and generally make healthier choices. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also offers a way to release the day’s frustration and anger, giving them a place and chance to release their anger. Combine those traits with the benefit of real world self defense training and you and you have many reasons that you should consider training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!