If you’re looking to improve your life for the next 365 days and beyond, you could make a few vague resolutions that you may or may not stick to… or you could sign up for jiu-jitsu classes and accomplish all of your New Year’s goals every time you show up to train. If you’ve been asking yourself if now is the time to take that first step and that first roll towards a healthier and happier life, here’s why you should absolutely sign up for BJJ classes in the new year:
You’ll look better.
Think you have to get in shape to do jiu-jitsu? Think again. Jiu-jitsu is a great cardio and strength workout; and whether you’re a couch potato or you’re already in decent shape, your physique is going to change for the better. You’ll probably start noticing changes whether or not you improve your diet, but chances are you’ll soon realize that eating healthier helps you feel better while you train. It’s only a matter of time before the pounds start melting off and reveal a healthier (and sexier) version of you.
You’ll feel better.
It’s no secret that jiu-jitsu is not only great for your physical health, but also for your mental health. Ask just about anyone who trains, and they’ll tell you that their time on the mat is like a form of therapy. Sure, you’ll probably leave class feeling a little (or a lot) beat up pretty often, but your mind and body will ultimately reap all kinds of benefits from your time choking out your friends.
You’ll learn something new.
If you’re always hungry for knowledge, jiu-jitsu is just what you need to satisfy your appetite. It’s just as much a mental sport as it is a physical one, and there’s truly an endless number of techniques that can be learned if you stick with it. Plus, the stuff you’ll learn is practical — there’s truly no downside to figuring out how to choke out a potential attacker with their own clothes.
You’ll make new friends.
If one of the resolutions for the new year is to stop being such a hermit and be more social, jiu-jitsu has you covered. Even though it’s technically a combat sport, there’s something about armbars that just brings people together. You and your teammates will put your lives in each other’s hands every time you train, and that kind of trust will build close friendships that you’ll maintain for years to come.
You’ll have fun.
Even though there will be plenty of bumps, bruises, and frustrations along the way, you’ll be surprised at just how quickly you’ll fall in love with jiu-jitsu. It’s a martial art that has a way of making you smile through the pain, and once you see how much it affects so many aspects of your life, you’ll wonder how you ever went without it.
Life is too short to not be enjoyed, and if you’ve been thinking that this is the year that you should finally start pursuing the happiness you deserve, put on that white belt and get started!