Jiu-jitsu has become known for the positive impact it can have on your community, your physical and mental health, and your fitness. Building fitness may not be the primary reason people choose to participate in martial arts like jiu-jitsu. However, it is a positive side effect.
In most jiu-jitsu classes, you’ll begin with a warm-up, work through some skills and technique exercises, and then you’ll partner up to practice your skills by sparring on the mat. You may not notice any changes at first, but each session will gradually begin to build your functional fitness and improve your flexibility.
In BJJ, you learn how to use your body as one choreographed unit. This whole body style of training is known as functional fitness. Functional movements use multiple joints at once and train your muscles to work together. The advantage of increasing your functional fitness is that it can make everyday activities (like unloading your car after a trip to Costco) easier.
A limited range of motion can mean painful joints, increased risk for injury, and a loss of strength. By improving your flexibility, the goal is to decrease pain, reduce the risk for injury, and increase strength.
Jiu-jitsu movements can be more effective in improving your flexibility than a traditional stretching routine. Quite a few jiu-jitsu movements will encourage your body to stretch in ways that you aren’t used to moving.
As your functional fitness and flexibility improve on the mat, you should notice positive changes off the mat as well. If you’re interested in learning more about jiu-jitsu and how it might improve your fitness, contact us. We’d love to meet you and answer any questions you have about jiu-jitsu and the programs we offer at Lindsey Arcangel Jiu-Jitsu Academy.