An Unexpected, Long-Term Benefit of Practicing BJJ

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Practicing BJJ helps you become fit both physically and mentally.

For many people, BJJ becomes a journey they can keep pursuing for the rest of life.

You get to learn some practical skills of controlling a resisting opponent through BJJ.

These are probably some of the most obvious benefits of learning BJJ.

There are more, and the one I’d like to talk about might be quite unexpected, especially if you’re in an early stage of your BJJ career.

Here’s what I think is another long term benefit of practicing BJJ:

You grow together with your training partners and people you meet through BJJ.

Let me explain what I mean.

You can meet all sorts of people through BJJ. Your teammates are the obvious ones here. And you have people visiting your gym. Or you might be the one visiting different places (though this has become more difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Of course, people come and go in BJJ as well. We joke about people quitting BJJ once they get their blue belt. It’s not just blue belts. People stop training for all sorts of reasons, and that’s understandable.

But… a lot of people keep training, too.

You see your training partners and others keep training and get better. You see them getting promoted to a new belt. From white to blue, blue to purple, purple to brown, and brown to black.

And you celebrate their success together.

Obviously, this long-term relationship-building aspect isn’t unique to BJJ, but I think it is indeed prominent in this sport due to its nature. You and your training partners try to destroy each other virtually after all.

This comradeship keeps growing as long as you and others keep training.

I think that’s pretty awesome.

Keep training.

Be good to your training partners as well as to other BJJ folks you meet during your journey.