Jiu-Jitsu is a form of martial arts that originated in Japan with an emphasis on close combat. The word translates closely to “gentle technique” as the fighting style relies heavily on takedown techniques to bring down opponents. Leveraging dominant control positions makes it possible to face opponents of greater size or strength without a weapon.
Jiu-Jitsu may not be the first choice your first choice as a woman. But this sport offers great benefits that translate well to other aspects of life. If you’re still having second thoughts, here’s how Jiu-Jitsu can help you develop great habits.
Builds Problem Solving Skills
Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t just rely on brute force. If you keep relying on the same move sets you can expect to be repeatedly work to get a takedown and grapple. Much like chess, there is an actual strategy involved in bringing down an opponent and applying a joint-lock or choke.
Jiu-Jitsu teaches you how to face new problems and the correct instructions on how to get out of a tough situation. This type of learning helps you learn valuable problem-solving skills. Even when the odds aren’t in your favour, there’s always a way to solve a problem. It’s just a matter of trying new things until something works.
Develops Healthier Habits
Another benefit to women who learn Jiu-Jitsu is the physical aspect. Jiu-Jitsu is a physically demanding sport that requires using every part of your body. It’s an excellent activity to build strength and flexibility. Developing these skills now paves the way for healthier habits in the future.
Social conformity is a term that describes our tendency to shift our behaviour to fit in with a group. The Jiu-Jitsu community is filled with individuals who take their health seriously. By spending time in these circles, you’re more likely to adopt a more active lifestyle.
Promotes Continuous Self-Improvement
Like any other sport or activity, Jiu-Jitsu has a clear system of progression. You don’t start competing at the professional level after the first day of class. There are hundreds of techniques that often takes years of practice to master. But finally being able to land a joint lock against a larger opponent is a very rewarding experience in itself.
Jiu-Jitsu’s system of progression teaches the value of persistence and that reward is only earned through effort. Both are valuable life lessons that teach you to push past obstacles and constantly work on developing their skills.
Teaches the Value of Teamwork
Lastly, one more reason to enroll in Jiu-Jitsu classes is because of the social environment. Jiu-Jitsu attracts people from all stages of life. You’ll be able to meet new people and even form friendships that last a lifetime.
It’s also impossible to learn many of the grappling techniques without a partner. So you can practise alongside a team that supports each other to learn all the ins and outs of Jiu-Jitsu.
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