If you’ve been thinking about trying Jiu-Jitsu or getting back into a regular practice, what’s holding you back from making it happen? When starting something new or getting back into a routine, it’s common for us to find things to hold us back. Thoughts like:
- I’ll start training once I’ve lost 10-20 pounds.
- I’m not an athlete, so Jiu-Jitsu can’t be for me.
- I’ve got no coordination and will just look silly.
Coordination varies from person to person and includes the ability to judge distance and spatial awareness. And while it’s true that some people are more coordinated than others, coordination is a skill. You can actually improve your coordination with time and practice, and martial arts is a great way to become more coordinated.
Here are three ways that Jiu-Jitsu improves coordination:
Jiu-Jitsu is as much of a workout for your brain as it is for your body. While training, your brain learns to use the body as one unit. At first, your mind and body might be as out of sync as your left and right arms. But as you train and stay consistent with your practice, you’ll start to feel less clumsy and more coordinated.
2. Spatial Awareness
Another way that Jiu-Jitsu improves coordination is through spatial awareness. As you learn techniques through repetition, you’ll also get a better grasp of where your body is in your environment. So not only will you begin to gain better spatial awareness on the mats, but this skill will also carry over into your daily life.
Jiu-Jitsu and improving coordination take a lot of mental focus. While training, you have to concentrate and think about every move you make. Practicing with focus and intention also leads to improvements in physical coordination, making you feel more confident in your skills and movements.
If you’re interested in learning more about Jiu-Jitsu and how it could improve your fitness, as well as your daily life, contact us. We’d love to answer any questions you have about the programs we’re currently offering at Rolles Gracie Academy in Old Bridge.