Five reasons women should train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu beyond self-defense
Whenever someone is trying to advocate for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for women, the first turn is always to its benefits for self-defense. This is for a simple reason — Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a highly effective form of self-defense, particularly against larger attackers. While we agree that it is very useful in a dangerous situation, this also undervalues so much of what makes BJJ a life-changing journey, and makes it seem like its other benefits should be secondary to any woman considering training. If you’re a woman looking for something fun to learn, you should start training today for so many reasons which have nothing to do with knowing you’ll be prepared for the worst. You should train BJJ for the same reasons that a man should or a child should — because it offers life improvements that simply can’t be matched anywhere else.
1) You will meet incredible new friends
BJJ is a humbling art, where you will quickly learn that even someone much smaller than yourself can control a roll if they have more skill, and this has the effect of creating a community which discourages egos and encourages a warm and welcoming attitude. From your very first day on the mats you’ll be greeted and made to feel like you’ve known your new teammates your whole life. This familial approach extends throughout the entire art. It is common at tournaments to see two grapplers face off in a match, then spend the next fifteen minutes laughing together and sharing tips and tricks. Respect is key in BJJ, and you’ll soon find that some of your teammates have become your closest friends.
2) You will improve yourself physically
One of the biggest misconceptions about “going to the gym” is that you need to lift weights to build muscle, or do cardio to burn calories. Why settle for one or the other? In BJJ you get a workout that does both, and best of all, does so in a way that’s fun so it doesn’t feel like working at all. BJJ helps students to get healthier both inside and out, toning your muscles and leaving you feeling fresher and more full of energy.
3) You will improve yourself mentally
Like we said above, BJJ has the tendency to quickly humble even the largest of egos, but that’s not the only way it can improve your approach to day-to-day life. Training in BJJ also teaches perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity. You will hit periods where you grow frustrated when a certain move doesn’t click, or you feel like you have stalled out. And when you push through to the other side and nail it you have a touchstone to look back on away from the gym when faced with a challenge which threatens to break your will. The pride you feel upon your coach calling you out and recognizing your growth with a promotion radiates throughout your off-the-mat life, as well.
4) Your stress will melt away, in the now and in the long term
Each class offers a break from the rest of the world, where you can leave your everyday worries behind and focus on the simple act of self-improvement, allowing you to leave the mats just a little less stressed out than you stepped onto it. As you get farther along on your BJJ journey you may well find that some of the best mental relief for you is to just come in and get some rolls. The focus of working directly with a single partner to practice a move, without thinking about the big project at work later in the week, is often a much needed respite, and helps contribute to a reduction of your overall stress levels as well since you know that no matter how tough things might be at a given moment, your next hour of rolling-therapy is just around the corner.
5) You can satisfy any competitive urges in need of an outlet
Whether you’re simply taking part in live rolling at the end of a class, or competing in an organized tournament, one of the most-enjoyable aspects of the art for many practitioners is the opportunity to test yourself. There’s a great deal of pride to be had in going out and performing at your best, and every roll offers an opportunity to successfully apply the techniques you’ve worked on, or to learn and grow from mistakes so that you’ll be better the next time.
If you’ve been thinking about trying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but haven’t pulled the trigger, do it today! Call up your local gym and ask to try out a class.
If you’re near Sussex County, NJ, our BJJ gym in Sparta would love to have you out for a free class. Just give us a call at 862-268-2660 or fill out the form below and we’ll get you scheduled to start your risk- and commitment-free trial today!