Your body releases endorphins through most forms of exercise. It’s why you might feel intense happiness or excitement following a run or other activity.
However, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu releases all of these endorphins and more.
Most significantly, BJJ can tap into noradrenaline, which is a specific chemical from your body that is otherwise referred to as a “fight-or-flight” neurotransmitter. All of this ‘chemical’ talk might sound intimidating, but it is overwhelmingly positive.
The Community Or ‘Tribe’ Feeling
For some people, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is all about the community.
In a time when many people are not involved in communities, BJJ allows you to instantly slot into a friendship and network group that provides continuous value to your life.
“Because strong social support is important for those with depression, joining a group exercise class may be beneficial. Or you can exercise with a close friend or your partner. In doing so, you will benefit from the physical activity and emotional comfort, knowing that others are supportive of you.”
This positive reaction to being involved in a community with purpose is one of the main reasons why we find Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu addictive.
Learn And Improve
Possibly the greatest reason why people find themselves continually coming back to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class is that you can simultaneously learn a brilliant martial art while also improving your body and mind.
Unlike going to the gym or attending a CrossFit class (for example), you are learning a useful skill while you train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Of course, other methods of working out contain some skill and knowledge, as well, but the understanding of how to properly defend yourself is an important skill to have.
The strategic aspect of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is extremely addictive.
No two rolls are the same. More often than not, you will be presented with a new position to work from against a different opponent.
Depending on your mentality, you can focus on attacking or defending. You might repeatedly use high-risk transitions and techniques to advance your position or attempt submissions. Alternatively, you might challenge yourself by not allowing your opponent to pass your guard.
And when you successfully implement your techniques, your opponent will read and react to the situation and present you with an entirely new situation. Your experiences will continually adapt, and you will improve dramatically as a result.
Belt System And Achievement
It’s impossible to discuss the addictive nature of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu without mentioning the belt system.
We all start with a white belt and continually work our way up the tiered system which measures our sense of development and improvement.
The sense of joy and achievement from being promoted is unparalleled because it simply measures all of your hard work and dedication with a tangible reward.
There Is No Finish Line
One of the most addictive aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that you can always come back and learn more.
Achieving your black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t the end. In fact, many believe that it is actually the beginning of even deeper learning.
If you’ve been looking for a healthy hobby to pick up and really get invested in, BJJ may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Start your BJJ journey by booking a complimentary trial class today at Gracie Sydney.
Address: 3/576 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
Phone: (02) 8084 1978