There’s something powerful about physical contact driven by competition. Psychologist David J. Ley, Ph.D., writes in Psychology Today that the combat practiced in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu triggers the release of hormones and neurochemicals that quicken reaction time, deepen friendships, and make us hyper-focused and aware. It’s an experience not initiated in the workplace. In a time of life when the acquisition of new skills, consistent physical movement, and leveled, goal-driven success may have stalled, Jiu Jitsu steps in as an opportunity to disrupt predictability and push you toward excellence.
Speed: Improve Your Mental Health
If you’ve ever heard of a “runner’s high,” you know how powerful intense exercise can be for mental health. Adults need martial arts for a collaborative experience in extreme focus. It’s almost a form of mindfulness, Ley writes, in that when engaged in grappling and practicing techniques, it’s impossible to redirect your mind to everyday anxieties. You’re in the moment. You learn to balance the need for power with the need for calculation. You move from feeling panicked–or overconfident–when under attack and instead become a strategist. You incrementally experience success. This is what training at Jiu Jitsu Nation offers to adults who enroll in Murfreesboro and Smyrna, Tenn.
Strategy: Benefits You Must Work For
Success in some areas of life is long-suffering and often at the mercy of other people. Advancement in Jiu Jitsu–white belt, blue belt, purple belt, brown belt, black belt– does take years because there are minimum amounts of time that must be spent at each level, per the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. However, it’s an achievement based on your own commitment, progress, and mastery of technique. Beginning in a standing position and quickly moving to the ground, you’re rewarded for applying techniques in a way that makes your opponent give up. The ultimate goal: get in a superior position and end the conflict.
Reward: Exceed Your Own Expectations
Finally, adults can surprise themselves when it comes to physical output when a competitor is present. Simply put, we work harder and move faster. Our reaction time literally speeds up when in competition. We have an opportunity to become greater than we realize, and it has a lasting impact on our ability to accept a challenge and be confident in the face of conflict in the future. In addition, Jiu Jitsu is intense. It’s an ideal fitness option for those looking to increase cardiovascular health, flexibility, coordination, or weight loss.