How BJJ Helps Improve Confidence
Confidence. It’s something that a lot of people struggle with.
Truth be told, it’s something that I have a challenge with, too. And, really, it’s not one of those things that you just “set it and forget it”. It’s a skill that needs to be developed, honed, and maintained.
Though I’d spent many years in Karate before starting Jiu-Jitsu, from a self-defense perspective, I knew that if I ever ended up on the ground, I would be out of my element. In a way, this gap in my skill set made me question my abilities as a martial artist. I wasn’t looking to be the best at everything, just to be capable in any situation.
Some people join Jiu-Jitsu to lose weight, get in shape, meet friends, or protect themselves. Whatever the reason, there is a common result that comes from training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or “BJJ”): Confidence.
How does it happen?
No matter what your background – whether you have previous martial arts experience or not – when you start Jiu-Jitsu, you’re likely going to feel like a fish out of water.
And it’s part of the process of Jiu-Jitsu.
But after some time, just like any skill, you’ll start to get it. And then you’ll practice it. And then you’ll start to get good at it because it’s working!
And then suddenly, you won’t feel like a fish out of water. You’ll be a shark in the ocean.
Now, let’s say your reason for starting Jiu-Jitsu was to get in shape. That, of course, comes with doing Jiu-Jitsu. But how you feel about yourself will skyrocket because you look and feel better PLUS you’re learning a new skill that you’re getting better at PLUS you feel like a beast.
What if your goal was to meet friends? In the right school, one in which helping each other out is encouraged, camaraderie naturally develops. On top of that, you feel great and you feel better capable of protecting yourself. Suddenly, you’re making friends wherever you go.
Increased confidence can work wonders in your life. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an amazing way to develop that confidence.
Ready to give it a try? Get started today with our current Introductory Program for classes in Winder, GA.
Matt Pattillo is the owner of Master Pattillo Martial Arts in Winder, GA and Jiu-Jitsu Winder. A 6th Degree Black Belt in Karate, and head instructor since 2001, Master Pattillo has taught thousands of kids and adults in Barrow County, GA.