If you’re looking to improve your life, I would recommend that you write down 12 GOALS that you would like to accomplish over the next 12 months. These don’t have to be large feats, but they can be simple tasks like one date-night with my spouse every month or paying off a credit card. When you write down the list of goals and place them where you see them every day as a reminder, you will be more likely to achieve them. Now, you may not complete all of the goals on your list, but work towards that finish line and you will get there!
Jiu Jitsu is a great way to help you focus on your goals. Maybe you are looking to try something new, well doing jiu jitsu would help you check that goal off your list. More importantly, it will help you set and accomplish smaller goals that are necessary to help you accomplish larger goals.
Here are FIVE ways you will benefit from training jiu jitsu:
1. You’ll look better.
Think you have to get in shape to do jiu-jitsu? Think again. Jiu-jitsu is a great cardio and strength workout; and whether you’re a couch potato or you’re already in decent shape, your physique is going to change for the better. You’ll probably start noticing changes whether or not you improve your diet, but chances are you’ll soon realize that eating healthier helps you feel better while you train. It’s only a matter of time before the pounds start melting off and reveal a healthier version of you.
2. You’ll feel better.
It’s no secret that jiu-jitsu is not only great for your physical health, but also for your mental health. Ask just about anyone who trains, and they’ll tell you that their time on the mat is like a form of therapy. Sure, you’ll probably leave class feeling a little (or a lot) beat up pretty often, but your mind and body will ultimately reap all kinds of benefits from your time choking out your friends.
3. You’ll learn something new.
If you’re always hungry for knowledge, jiu-jitsu is just what you need to satisfy your appetite. It’s just as much a mental sport as it is a physical one, and there’s truly an endless number of techniques that can be learned if you stick with it. Plus, the stuff you’ll learn is practical — there’s truly no downside to figuring out how to choke out a potential attacker with their own clothes.
4. You’ll make new friends.
If one of the resolutions for the new year is to stop being such a hermit and be more social, jiu-jitsu has you covered. Even though it’s technically a combat sport, there’s something about armbars that just brings people together. You and your teammates will put your lives in each other’s hands every time you train, and that kind of trust will build close friendships that you’ll maintain for years to come.
5. You’ll have fun.
Even though there will be plenty of bumps, bruises, and frustrations along the way, you’ll be surprised at just how quickly you’ll fall in love with jiu-jitsu. It’s a martial art that has a way of making you smile through the pain, and once you see how much it affects so many aspects of your life, you’ll wonder how you ever went without it.
Life is too short to not be enjoyed, and if you’ve been thinking that this is the year that you should finally start pursuing the happiness you deserve, put on that white belt and get started!
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