BJJ is much more than just a sport! It doesn’t only get you fit and healthy, but it increases your self-confidence, gives you an opportunity to meet fantastic new people, to think more clearly… It’s priceless! But, one of its advantages that is seldom thought about is its ability to teach you some valuable lessons about life.
In that spirit, here are top 7 things of life that Jiu Jitsu can impart upon you.
YOU JUST NEED TO START
Be honest with us: how many times have you thought about doing something… About the possibilities and potential it could entail, about the awesome things it could bring into your life – only to have never done it? Now think of the same thing with BJJ; if you never made that decision of going to your first class, could you even imagine how many beautiful moments you’d miss out on?
There’s the first lesson: sometimes, it’s best to stop thinking and start doing.
NOT EVERY DAY IS GOING TO BE GOOD
There have been a lot of times when you’ve felt great on the mats! But there have been many times when you felt rather bad as well… Which goes to show one simple truth: you’ll have good and bad days on the mats. But that doesn’t matter, as long as you keep training!
That’s the second lesson: not all days are going to be great, but to keep going is what matters.
EXHAUSTION MAKES COWARDS OUT OF EVERYONE
Even the best of athletes start preserving their energy in competition once they get tired, once exhaustion starts knocking on the door; it makes them shrink from their full potential. So, if you can find a way to push through your own exhaustion while they’re tired as well, you can win!
That is, exhaustion makes cowards out of everyone – and if you can overcome it, you’ll take the lead.
IT TAKES JUST ONE SECOND OF ENERGY TO STEAL EVERYONE ELSE’S
Very much in connection to the previous point: when the going gets tough in a match or during a hard roll, if you manage to find that extra ounce of energy when your opponent is gasping for air – and they see it… You’ll have won way before they tap out.
Just one second of energy and focus can steal everyone else’s, making you a winner both on the mats and in life alike.
NOTHING WORTHWHILE IS GIVEN…
… It’s earned. Those belts won’t tie themselves from just wishing you’d become better; you need to put in hours and hours of work into your craft. This is true for BJJ and the „belts“ of life, whether career-wise, family-wise or anything else.
If you want something valuable, you need to work for it. You need to earn it.
STRESS IS BOTH AN ENEMY AND A DOORWAY TO SUCCESS IN LIFE
Stress is everywhere. BJJ teaches you that, when it fills your heart and mind – be it in competition or other scenarios – you can either crumble from it and falter in the achievement of your goals… Or you can use it as a fire to ignite your resolve to submit the opponents.
Stress is a fact of life, and it can either be an enemy or serve as a helping hand to it. The decision is yours.
YOU’LL NEVER KNOW ENOUGH
And finally, no matter how good you get in Jiu Jitsu, no matter how great you get to become… You will always have an opportunity to learn more.
To learn more, to develop and become better! There’s always room for growth, both in BJJ and in life.