Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Therapy
I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) since the end of 2009 and in the process I’ve learned a lot about myself. As practitioners will gladly tell you, live sparring means that there is a way of determining whether the techniques that are shared and learned are actually effective against a resisting opponent, which makes this particular martial art appealing to some. There is no ‘chi’ flying around that will knock an opponent flying without having to touch them, there is only the trial and error of pushing yourself to learn and develop in the face of defeat at the hands (and legs!) of a more skilled, more experienced, opponent.
For me BJJ is about learning, making friends and feeling the satisfaction of having worked hard to improve my skills in a martial art that is rigourous and demanding on the practitioner. When I submit to a training partner’s technique, I find myself researching online to find out more about that technique and how I can learn to counter it; my knowledge base of the sport increases and I will be a better version of the grappler who I was before.
Here’s a link to an article by a clinical psychologist and a black belt that covers his perspective on the appeal of the art.