Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu for Working Professionals

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu draws people from many different occupations.  People take time off their busy work schedules to train a couple days a week (sometimes more) and train for an hour or two each night.  The time someone remains in Jiu-Jitsu will differ from person to person.  Never the less, everyone will take away something beneficial that can be used in whatever they choose to do with their lives.



Working_Professional2The human body was never design to sit at a desk and stare at a computer all day.  There is substantial evidence linking sitting down for long periods of time to many health issues.  Unfortunately, many people have jobs that require them to sit for extended periods of time.   Exercise is a great way to counteract the health risks of non-physical labor.  Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu improves cardio, strength, and flexibility.  Exercise can also help boost energy levels to help you become a more productive employee or leader.

Clears the mind: 

When facing someone who is trying to choke you, many of life’s problems don’t seem like such a big deal anymore.  Many people who don’t train won’t understand this aspect of Jiu-Jitsu.  BJJ can simplify life, helping you relax and put many things in perspective.  For example, companies like Google offer BJJ classes to help break up the busy workday and to help employees relax.

Having a clear mindset is also useful when dealing with issues at work.  Many times, a clear mind is the right recipe to deal with an unsolved problem or a difficult decision

Social Network Molecule - ConnectionsNetworking:

Many people outside of the Jiu-Jitsu community don’t realize the incredible networking opportunities within Jiu-Jitsu.  The art attracts people from all walks of life.  You begin to slowly develop a strong network of professionals and friends.  There is an additional layer of trust that forms among teammates making a Jiu-Jitsu network unique.

Makes for a Better Person:  

Jiu-Jitsu is incredibly difficult to get good at.  To be successful, one has to become a mentally strong individual.  It also helps develop humility, a trait many argue is lacking in todays society.  I think Joe Rogan said it best, “When you get good at something as difficult as Jiu-Jitsu, it makes everything in your life better.”

How has training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu helped you in your professional career? 

Patrick Flores

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