BJJ is Great Cross-Training for All Types of Athletes
Many people mistakenly believe that Brazilian jujitsu is only effective for self-defense, but did you know that many other types of athletes can benefit from BJJ as well? It’s true! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has many different applications for a wide variety of sports. Here are a few types of athletes that can benefit from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practice.
1. Rock Climbers
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can increase your flexibility and strengthen your core tremendously. Rock climbers of all types will find that BJJ can help them improve their grip strength, endurance and mobility.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many wrestlers don’t know anything about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The benefits for these athletes are tremendous; you can learn new takedowns and reversals and train with other highly skilled grapplers that may challenge you to think differently about your ground strategy.
3.Marathon Runners / Endurance Athletes
Endurance athletes must possess physical qualities that can help them maintain a high level of physical output which can be sustained over a long period of time, but what drives that physical output; The Mind. Mental determination, focus, and overall mental toughness are a daily part of BJJ. Learning to control your breath and relax through a grueling session against a better opponent is one way to help us learn to overcome stressful encounters and adversity.
4. Judo players
Judokas already have an excellent understanding of grappling and taking your opponent to the ground, but cross training in Jiu Jitsu is an excellent way to learn new strategies for attacking and defending on the mat. Training in BJJ will definitely help you become a more competitive judoka.
5. Football players
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great option for football players who want to stay in shape during the off-season. NFL and college teams and players use BJJ for balance, flexibility, and understanding leverage. Many high school and college football players enjoy BJJ because it’s a fun way to work on their cardio.
6. Skateboarding and Inline skaters
This one may seem strange, however, after looking at high profile athletes like Mike Budnik, Jason Ellis, and you can see where the sports have a broad appeal. Skateboarding was a individual sport where one could express his/her phsical, mental, and emotional state of being. The physical and mental problem solving of BJJ can be an assett to these athletes.