Many students get all they need from Jiu-Jitsu as a sport. But for those not interested in competition, Jiu-Jitsu as a martial art offers a number of ways to develop our personal character.
✅ Confidence & Self-Esteem
As students gain experience on the tatami, they also gain a significant boost in their confidence. That new confidence also improves their self-esteem and they feel better with who they are as a person.
✅ Purpose & Sense of Belonging
Many students discover the most important aspect of training is that they gain a sense of purpose. Jiu-Jitsu becomes a way of life for them. For others, it goes deeper and they feel a sense of belonging to something. The club and its students become almost like a second family for the student.
Respect for others is a key tenet of all martial arts. We learn to be polite and show compassion for others. In fact, the more experienced we become the less likely it is that we will need to use our combat skills.
For many it goes even further. Students learn to respect themselves. They begin to appreciate the skills they have developed and how effective they can be. Progression in Jiu-Jitsu is slow so they learn to respect their rank and experience and that of others.
✅ Integrity & Honesty
No one would question that dishonesty and greed are all around us these days. When a student shows integrity, those around them learn that they can be trusted and relied upon. We learn to demonstrate selflessness—the opposite of selfishness!
Everyone's definition of what is "good" differs and no one is perfect but we should always try to do the right thing. If we all do this then we create a better society which is inclusive and where "public good" enriches everyone's lives.
When students train hard and learn together they create a sense of community. Part of that concept is loyalty—a desire to protect, defend, and help those we care about. It is a reciprocal relationship based on cooperation towards common objectives.
✅ Self-Control & De-Stressing
Many students find Jiu-Jitsu a useful way to learn to control themselves and their behaviour. Many people are quick to anger, irritability, aggression, and even violence. Jiu-Jitsu is an excellent way to learn self-discipline or mastery over emotion. Regular training provides a way to remove stress from our lives so that we can be more at peace with ourselves and those around us.
✅ Perseverance & Determination
The journey for most students in Jiu-Jitsu is slow. There are no shortcuts so gaining experience on the mat really means something. The average student will invest more than 12 years just to reach Black Belt—that's significantly longer than other traditional martial arts like Judo and Karate. Students learn the value of experience and hard work.
✅ Goal Setting
Closely related to the concept of perseverance is the idea of goal setting. Life can be challenging but Jiu-Jitsu teaches us that a long-term goal (such as getting a Black Belt) is really just a series of smaller, easier objectives (the coloured belts students progress through on their way to Black Belt). This is a valuable lesson that is directly application to life.