I’ve been taking budo sports for my whole life and it helps a lot on a social level, healthy lifestyle, self-confidence, Improved cardiovascular health, weight loss, Improved reflexes, focus and stillness, teaches great moral and values, muscle tone as well as a better mood. And I am not the only one who thinks this. You will notice that a lot of people who dedicate a hug portion of their life training martial arts find it rather meditative and life-changing in doing so. Judo and Jiu Jitsu are made to be lifetime sports. That is why I believe that everyone can benefit from these sports, no matter your age or physical athleticism. The benefits of doing these two martial arts go far beyond knowing how to protect yourself. I truly believe that these can and will positively influence your live.
When you start out on this budo journey you find out that you are getting thrown down and submitted at will. This happens from the very first day, even if they do it calmly and gentle. But as time progresses and you hang in their it will take them longer for you to get tapped and are getting to lose les and lesser until the table switches. And then when you put in the effort and the willpower you will eventually start winning some matches against those that you were unable to beat before. And from time to time you are the one that throws and submits guys in class. Judo and Jiu Jitsu teaches you the value of hard work, because you actually get to see the fruits of your labour every time you spar, the rotten and the healthy ones. Your progress can be seen; it’s tangible. This lesson in Jiu Jitsu and Judo can be taken and applied to all areas of your life. Getting good at Judo and Jiu Jitsu is just like getting good at anything else, you need to stay the path, be consistent, and practice mindfully. Your progress in Judo and Jiu Jitsu is an allegory for progress in life. There is no short cut.
Not many people have the same fortune as I had, to start at a young age with martial arts (five years old). My normal week was doing school. go out and play soccer or playing in the woods with my friends, and after go to the gym in my city. As years passed by, I played less and trained more and more, until I just trained through all week. At some point I even trained in the morning in-between the school break and after school. In that period I learned a lot of persistence and grinding. Months I was learning some type of grip with Judo which got me lost a lot of matches at the gym. I was getting tossed across the matt like a rag doll. There were many days that I dreaded of going to class knowing that I am going to get my butt handed to me when I spar. As my nightmare progresses so did my skills, and you know what?.. I started throwing people with my new technique. Finally it starts to evolve in a nice sequence. At one point It become my favoured grip in competitions, the setup to Uchi-mata. Eventually I became so good at it that I not even noticing my grip before I start throwing. I wouldn’t have been able to get to this point had I not showed up to class and be willing to lose over and over again.
The fear of being physically hurt is a strong emotion that holds many people back from many of life’s more enjoyable activities. Judo and Jiu Jitsu does not sugar-coat the fact that they are combative sports, pain is a part of the game. And while injuries do happen, precautions are taken to make sure that you are safe as possible. The people that stay with Judo and Jiu Jitsu are eventually able to face their fears of being hurt, by forcing themselves to take the pain and becoming resistant to their fear of pain as a result. In essence, Judo and Jiu Jitsu teaches you to face your fears head on, not subverting or diverting it. Once you have done Judo and Jiu Jitsu for a while, you will find that most of your fears of permanent physical damage are unfounded, “most of the time”. And that is an analogy for many of our fears in life, it is not based off actual evidence, it is based on either isolated one-time incidents, our emotions, or how we view the world.
Practicing Judo and Jiu Jitsu is going to hurt and it is going to be painful. As far as physical pain goes, Judo is one of the roughest sports out there. The sport places a HUGE emphasis on safety, but you are going to get thrown to the ground, a lot. That is just the “how it is”. But as you get thrown more often, your body starts to toughen up and absorb the pain a lot better. Then, it won’t hurt as much. The learning point here is your emotional range. The well-known quote is “judo is the art of hitting someone with a planet”
The other reason Jiu Jitsu and Judo make you physically tough is because of the nature of the sports. The goal of both sports is to fight until you either throw/trip the person onto the ground, choke the person into submission, or lock a joint where they have to tap out. Because of the combative nature of the sport, it makes you more physically aggressive. You have to actively try to throw, trip, choke, or lock a joint of an opponent.
Everybody wants to be happy in life and succeed in the things they love. We all want to live the perfect life. We want the great job or a successful business. Want to be married to Mr. Right or Mrs Perfect. We want those great friends that stick with us in rain and cheers when it shines.
The main problem is that people don’t peruse their dreams, fear of failure, by every attempt they make. It is in our nature to be this way. Unfortunately when people will attempt and things go rough people quit because they suffer, they are emotionally overwhelmed by all negativity and eventually they crumble.
With Judo and Jiu Jitsu you will learn “perseverance”, to hang in there to hold on tight. it is at this moment that you will see it through, the students and teachers known this all too well and will come at aid. This will make a strong bond, more often than not a friendship for life. You and your friend go through tough situation normal people don’t even know that they exist. In this moments trust full relationships emerge.
Mental toughness is a big reason why many people quit, it separates the wheat from the chaff. The two sports teach you to fight through discomfort and pain. It teaches you to fight back when you are backed against the wall. It will show you not to be afraid to fight someone bigger or more skilled than you. Knowing you can go up against a guy twice your size and still win is a great feeling what lies ahead for those who go through.
No matter how big or how physically fit you are, you are going to get your behind whopped when you first start grappling, sambo, judo, jiu jitsu or any other martial arts. The playing field is technique-oriented. I saw people whom are -65 kg beating up big guys from 120 kg. It makes you very humbled by their initial experience, after finding out that someone half of their size can throw them at will or choke them unconscious.
Although you become more humble as you start these martial arts, you also gain more confidence. You are confident because you have been given skills to defend yourself and hold your own. But more importantly, the confidence you build comes from being proficient, being skilful, and being able to face your fears
The amount of calories you burn doing live sparring in judo and jiu jitsu is ridiculous. Judo and jiu jitsu works out both your anaerobic and aerobic systems, giving you great cardio endurance. In addition to working on your cardio, the sports also help you build muscles, often in areas that are least developed. The two grappling arts use muscles very rarely used during the day—so it gives you a chance to develop major muscle groups along with muscles that you would not otherwise develop just lifting weights. On top of cardiovascular and muscular strength, the sports also give you increased agility, reflex, and balance.
Although both sports have huge benefits, it is not practical for most people to do both sports due to time constraints, money, or other reasons. That is why you should probably just pick one or the other and stick to it. If you are one of the lucky to be able to take both, do it!
When in 2007 I first start as a fifteen year old boy I was amazed by all the techniques I didn’t know. And while I was back then a brown belt Judo so I taught to known something about techniques, that idea was flown out the window quiet fast by the first 2 seconds walking straight in an arm bar by my new teachers. And so my Brazilian jiu jitsu adventure began..