The Hidden Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training

Woman learns self-defense at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class in Peoria, AZ

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) comes with some pretty obvious benefits you may have already noticed. Many people join because they want to “get buff” or impress their friends. It’s true that Jiu-Jitsu will help you get that definition you’re looking for because it works every muscle in your body, but we’re not like your standard fitness studio or gym in Peoria. Our school teaches ergonomic practice that works with your body – not against it. BJJ helps you gain muscle mass, too, if you train regularly and eat nutritious foods to fuel your practice. The best part: you’ll be having so much fun that your Jiu-Jitsu classes won’t even feel like a workout!

While it’s common for students to begin martial arts classes for aesthetic reasons, most people who continue to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu don’t cite “looking good” as their driving force for staying. It’s the hidden benefits that keep our students coming back class after class. Here is what you can expect with regular practice at Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Peoria, AZ.

The Hidden Benefits of BJJ


Whether you have a large-and-in-charge presence or give off a less intimidating demeanor, Jiu-Jitsu equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to defend yourself in the event of an attack. We recommend avoiding conflict and engaging in safe behaviors wherever possible, but in today’s modern world, the decision is not always up to you. After learning the correct way to take down an opponent and take back control of a situation, we get the feeling things that go “bump” in the night will bother you a lot less than they used to. BJJ puts you back in charge of your own life.

Stress Reduction

Stress causes your body to release adrenaline, which causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up. This is the catalyst to the “fight or flight” reaction many people experience when they are in a threatening situation. The bad news is that staying in a prolonged state of stress can put your body under a lot of pressure. In fact, stress is attributed to aggravating many illnesses such as heart disease, depression and anxiety. The good news is that exercise helps alleviate this stress so your body can return to a relaxed state. That means better health for you both mentally and physically!

Improved Mood

Exercise creates a chain reaction in your body. It increases your serotonin levels, which your body uses to naturally regulate your mood, sleep schedule and appetite. It also increases your levels of endorphins, which give you a healthy mood boost. These benefits are associated with both aerobic exercise and strength training. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu incorporates both, so you get a balanced curriculum that supports every aspect of your health.


While it’s nice to be named the reigning champion at a tournament, BJJ isn’t about winning. Our students return to class every day to practice their moves and become better Jiu-Jitsu practitioners. No matter how may times you get submitted, our students learn that there is a reward in trying again and getting better simply for the sake of it. This builds character and patience in all of our students regardless of age.

Your New Social Network

No one becomes successful in a vacuum. Gracie Barra makes it easy to find like-minded friends from all walks of life right here in Peoria. We might have different jobs and be different ages, but we all learn together, celebrate events together and support each other. There are even opportunities to travel with the team as we compete in state and national tournaments. Forget Facebook and Instagram; your Jiu-Jitsu family is your new social network!

No matter what your original goals, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great way to learn a new skill and improve your life. Our instructors offer classes that are suitable for any age level, whether you want to enroll a child or treat yourself to a rewarding new skill. Contact Gracie Barra in Peoria, AZ today to claim a free class and see why so many people love the way we do martial arts!