Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) isn’t just a type of martial art; it’s a lifestyle. Through careful training, our students learn respect for themselves, others and the practice itself. This facilitates healthy lifestyles that inspire each and every BJJ student to do their best both on and off the mat. Whether you are practicing Jiu-Jitsu at our martial arts studio right here in Chandler or want some ideas to live Jiu-Jitsu on the go, we can help. Here are our tips to help embrace your practice in everyday life:
Train Jiu-Jitsu Regularly
Our first suggestion is obvious: to live Jiu-Jitsu, you must practice Jiu-Jitsu. Commit to attending class on a regular basis and practice on your own as well. Supplement your training with additional exercise at the gym or with daily yoga practice. Even private training with an instructor can help boost your Jiu-Jitsu skills and give you a competitive edge.
Streamline Your Space
Your surroundings make a big difference on your mental and physical health. Research the KonMari Method and implement it throughout your life, cleaning by category. The best part about the KonMari method is that, when it is done properly, you never have to do it again! As an added bonus, eliminating visual clutter allows your mind to focus on things that really matter. You will notice positive changes in your mindset once this process is complete.
Love Your Body
Loving your body means taking care of it! Research proper nutrition (hint: you’ll want both macronutrients and micronutrients) and do your best to give your body everything it needs to remain properly fueled all day. Invest in a digital food scale to make sure you eat the right portions at each meal. Get to sleep on time, meal plan, exercise regularly, hydrate, and listen to your body.
Love Your Mind
Find time to sit and do something that rejuvenates your spirit. Whether that means painting on a canvas in the backyard, reading a book, meditating, or gardening, it’s important to have “you time” without any outside distractions. This allows your mind to rest and recharge so you can be prepared for whatever life throws at you.
Seek out every opportunity to gain knowledge. This could mean pursuing private training to further your BJJ studies, enrolling in a local community college or reading a book on a topic that interests you. Stimulate your mind and allow the world to surprise (and fascinate) you.
Some things are best enjoyed in real life. Unfollow friends you no longer interact with on social media profiles and companies who blast your news feed with ads. Set limits on your use of social media or take a complete digital detox. Many families restrict phones at the dinner table or turn their home Wi-Fi off entirely after 8pm. These behaviors should help you establish boundaries and regain control over your schedule.
Embracing the BJJ lifestyle means loving and respecting yourself. Each recommendation we provide comes with the intention of helping you care for yourself and become your very best day after day. Don’t set out on this journey alone – contact us to learn more about BJJ martial arts classes near you or to claim a free class!