BJJ Can Help Overcome Social Anxiety and Make You More Social

We are now living in a world where mental health has become more accepted and talked about.

Statistics show that a big chunk of the general public experience at least some form of anxiety, and with how difficult life is nowadays, it’s possible that the numbers may rise in the next couple of years.

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Social Anxiety is defined as the fear of being judged by your peers in a negative way.

This crippling fear is common to most people, some can cope with it while the majority of people can’t.  T

here are a number of different ways to help alleviate Social Anxiety, and I am sharing to you one of the best ways to do it – Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Social Anxiety and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

One of the biggest reasons why newbies hesitate to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or other forms of physical training for that matter) is not because of fear of getting hurt, but more of the fear of feeling inadequate.

Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that requires the proper application of technique and leverage. BJJ has a lot of benefits for someone who has Social Anxiety. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Gaining new friends – Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a tribal sport in most respects. Once you enroll in a gym you are automatically a representative of the team and is now part of their “family”. That means that it’s everyone’s responsibility to take care of each other on and off the mats. Rolling with another person on a regular basis builds trust like no other.
  • Build self-confidence –  BJJ is a sport that requires a ton of drilling and rolling. Repeating the same movements over and over again helps reinforce confidence in your technique and makes your game efficient. This practice of constant repetition and sparring is what makes the art very satisfying and builds confidence as you are always focusing on what makes you effective against other people in the dojo.
  • Great form of exercise – Most experts believe that one of the best ways to improve mood and lessen anxiety is to exercise. BJJ is an absolutely effective workout because it engages the whole body unlike any other. A few rounds of sparring is all it takes to make you sweat, and it’s super fun as well!

Conclusion

It takes literally a decade for a typical practitioner to get a BJJ black belt, which basically means that the sport is HARD regardless of skill level, aptitude for learning and physical condition.  

Everyone who has started training BJJ has experienced the feeling of inadequacy during their first few months (I said months, not days!) of training.

It’s not surprising to see a new guy come in and struggle in his first class… it’s actually EXPECTED for newbies to suck if I have to be honest.

So what is my point in saying all this? My point is to jump right in and experience the beautiful ride that is BJJ!

More than the collection of techniques that you acquire through the years, the camaraderie that you build with your teammates is what makes it special.

Training Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most fun things to do and the benefits are so worth it.