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The Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for All Ages: A Family’s Journey

Whether someone of any age is interested in a sport that is fun, challenging and healthy or you are looking for a family affair – an activity that everyone in the family can enjoy, bond over and talk about at the dinner table, Brazilian Jiu-Jitu offers something for everyone.

From children to seniors, the benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are enormous. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu conditioning provides a high-intensity work-out for the full body. This exceptional and enjoyable martial art will not only help you improve and maintain a high level of physical fitness, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can boost your mood, enhance your focus and reduce anxiety, stress and depression. Conditioning for this dynamic sport also results in increased strength and endurance. 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Children and Teens

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an especially beneficial activity for children and teens, who are at a stage of development where social interaction, physical engagement and important life lessons are all critical for attaining a healthy level of maturity and excelling in life. Its amazing benefits for the younger population include:

Self-esteem – Mastering something exciting and new can boost self-confidence. 

Discipline – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides structure and teaches patience and self-control.

Mental Strength – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu improves concentration and teaches valuable problem-solving skills. An excellent way to burn off excess energy, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has also been proven to decrease anxiety, depression, anger and aggression.

Physical Health – Motor skills, coordination, balance, strength, stamina and weight management can all be attained with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Social Aspect – Joining a group of positive people and making new friends can be a priceless component in the development of a child or teen.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Adults


Highly effective in real life situations, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu utilizes leverage, pressure and technique to enable a smaller, weaker person to defend against a larger, more powerful attacker. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu involves managing the distance between you and your opponent. So, while it will teach you how to effectively knock your aggressor to the ground, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can also provide you with the skills to get up off the ground and back on your feet so that you can escape. In fact, specialized programs for law enforcement even use techniques derived from Jiu-Jitsu.


Physical fitness and weight management are also benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a powerful strengthening isometric exercise, building muscle tone, grip strength and working the abs, legs, arms and back. An incredible workout, the conditioning for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu builds stamina and increases endurance as well as resilience. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also facilitates heart health by lowering your resting heart rate and reducing blood pressure. In general, it will help you maintain a stronger heart and become more physically fit. Additionally, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an excellent tool to promote body awareness, improve mobility, range of motion, balance, flexibility and good posture…and while weight loss may not be your primary goal, you will burn approximately 700 calories in just one hour of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu not only nurtures the body, it nurtures the mind and soul. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu improves sleep patterns and releases endorphins in our bodies, which relieves stress and fosters positivity. The critical thinking and problem solving abilities that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu cultivates are mentally stimulating and the more you accomplish in class, the more you build self-confidence. It is remarkably rewarding to know that you can handle yourself in just about any situation. 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Older Adults

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu propels the body into a more fluid state, promoting flexibility and an increased range of motion. Other advantages of participating in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are the improvements of balance, coordination and an overall body awareness which can all help older people avoid injury. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training is also proven to improve heart health, circulation (and, subsequently, memory) and sleep patterns. Plus, it releases endorphins which can reduce depression and make people of any age feel good.

Learn More About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

If you are interested in learning more about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, call the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Academy at 949-400-7108, email ralphgraciemv@gmail.com or visit us at our convenient location: 26861 Trabuco Road #H, Mission Viejo, California. 

The Ralph Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, which has been named Best Martial Arts School and inducted into the Business Hall of Fame for the last five consecutive years, offers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes for every skill level within every age group. 

Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo provides a welcoming, supportive atmosphere for all of its students and is staffed by highly skilled instructors including black belt and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master Marcela Lucena, the first Ultimate Fighting Champion in the world. Marcela Lucena is a Rio de Janeiro State, Brazilian, American, Pan American and world champion, as well as a three-time bronze medal champion of the first world-held Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions with over 25 years of experience in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has trained with the best of the best and continues to do so, competing at the highest level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, including the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation World Master in Las Vegas.

A Supportive and Inclusive Environment

The Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a friendly, nurturing environment, which embraces people of all ages, of all skill levels and from all walks of life. It is never too late to start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. Designed for students of all fitness levels, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu truly is for everyone.