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Balancing Act: How Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Improves Physical and Mental Equilibrium

While it is true that balance is a vital skill for martial arts which implement many kicks, balance is also a very valuable skill – both physically and mentally – for students of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. An excellent form of balance training, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu focuses on agility and mental acuity which both facilitate good balance and it teaches falls, rolls and leg sweeps, which require precision and proper timing in conjunction with balance. 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is considered one of the “gentler” forms of martial arts, utilizes balance, coordination, mobility and strategy – as opposed to brute force – to best an opponent. However, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu conditioning is also known for developing strength, power and endurance, which all promote proper balance techniques.


Who Can Use Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Improve Their Balance?

You needn’t have a concern about skill level either, because whether you are a novice or master, practicing the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will improve your balance. 

  • This applies to everyone, even those who may be extremely uncoordinated. 
  • Older adults who find that balance is becoming more challenging can also benefit from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. 
  • Additionally, children are immersed within very important developmental stages, which is an excellent time to optimize balance skills.

Plus, here is something else you may not have considered. Since Brazilian Jiu Jitsu incorporates a great deal of grappling techniques and moves which are ultimately executed on the ground, it also helps if your training partner is well-balanced.


The Benefits of Balance in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu workouts increase agility, power, speed, coordination and – yes – balance. Whether you are sparring in the ring, protecting yourself or your family or simply enjoying a rousing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu workout session or class, you will undoubtedly benefit from the balance and stability training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu provides. 

When your moves are fluid (a product of good balance), you can manipulate your body in ways that many people can’t – also providing you with an advantage over your opponent. Maintaining balance and strength with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu additionally provides exceptional stability which helps prevent injuries. Through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you will increase your ability to upset the balance of your opponent and gain better control of your body even when it is off balance.


How Balance Plays a Part in Self-Defense

Scientific studies, which have been conducted in both typical adolescents and Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters, indicate that combat sports do help improve balance…and, subsequently, self-defense skills. Balance is a very important part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu self-defense training and execution, and it plays a vital role in attack avoidance and escape.

Although it is arguably primarily a ground fighting martial art, balance is a crucial part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu self-defense skills, such as the ability to throw an opponent. Balance will help the students of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu employ accuracy to smoothly and effectively apply takedown techniques; and balance can help everyone to become a better student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – definitely a win-win!

And let’s face it, street fighting can get messy. Your attacker could very well have the element of surprise on his side; he could be larger and stronger than you; he could be armed with a weapon; and it could be dark, making it difficult to assess your surroundings – all of which can be offset more effectively if you have good balance. Plus, if you are protecting someone you care about, you could become distracted by strong emotions. Good balance can help you maintain the advantage in most situations so that you have the ability to apply the very effective self-defense techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Quality Instruction

If you are interested in getting fit while improving your balance, coordination, as well as your strength, endurance and confidence, you can learn one of the fastest growing sports in the world from the first Ultimate Fighting Champion in the world at the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.

Lead Instructor Marcelo Lucena was born and raised in the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Marcelo rose through the ranks of this prestigious sport with its largest legends. When he is not busy training the students of the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Academy, Marcelo keeps up to date with the latest techniques and continues to personally train and compete at a Black Belt Master level in tournaments including the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation World Master in Las Vegas.


Become Part of the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Family!

To schedule a personal tour of the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, call 949-400-7108 or email ralphgraciemv@gmail.com. Plus, you are also welcome to sign up for a free class to experience Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy first-hand before you decide! Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy is conveniently located at 26861 Trabuco Road #H, Mission Viejo.  

The Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy offers an environment where everyone from an energetic teen, to a health-conscious adult or a soccer mom who is looking for effective self-defense training is treated like family and every skill level is welcome. For competition training black belts, to beginners Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo provides a safe and friendly place to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.