When people think of “fighting” or martial arts they think about striking(punches kicks, elbows etc). However, martial arts is much more than that because it also includes grappling(joint locks, takedowns, groundwork, throws, restraints). Here are benefits of practicing martial arts like Jujutsu/Jiujitsu, Bökh, Shuai Chiao, Judo, Kampfwringen, wrestling etc.
1.) Works well against larger people: I’ve written a whole take on this subject, so I’ll keep this brief. In Jiujitsu and Judo there is something known as “open weight” competitions, in which two people of completely different sizes compete against each other. Sometimes the smaller competitor wins and sometimes the larger competitor wins, it’s fluidity vs strength. In the video below, the smaller competitor(Stefer) defeats the larger competitor(Eric)
2.) Improves your thinking skills: Grappling sports involve strategy, technique and quick thinking. Which is why grappling martial arts are a good way to keep mentally fit.
2.) low chance of serous injuries: As a result of these sports focusing entirely on grappling, there is a decreased chance the practitioners will suffer broken noses, concussions, broken orbital bones, cauliflower ears etc.
3.) safe enough for men and women to compete against each other: As a result of no strikes used in grappling sports, males and females can compete against each other. Naturally you’d think that it’s not fair but as you can see below, it can go either way.
4.)Good workout: Constantly practicing a grappling art will offer a very good cardio, flexibility and endurance workout. In grappling arts, you use every part of your body. Many people who practice grappling arts say that after a hour of grappling, it feels like you just completed a obstacle course.
5.)work out body parts you’ve probably never worked out before: Hands and forearms are two body parts that most people rarely work out. These are two body parts that are used a lot in grappling arts. Grappling art practioners learn various ways of working out these body parts.
6.)Improve other skills: Aside from improving your grappling ability, you’ll also improve your strategic thinking, dexterity and reflexes through your conditioning training and grappling experience.
7.) safely compete against others who practice a different grappling art: You’ll also be able to compete against different types of grapplers(Judo vs wrestling etc) with very low chance of injury.
8.) Helps you learn good fitness routines and diet:
Practicing a grappling art, will allow you to learn about good ways to stay in shape and about healthy foods you should eat to stay in good shape. You don’t have to be a hulking monster to be a good grappler but you still need to be in good shape to avoid injuries and be able to endure the rigorous training and competitions.
9.) Make new friends: Unlike regular gyms where everyone is doing their own thing and hardly communicate with each other, Grappling practioners become good friends with each other due to constant interaction with each other. Sometimes people meet their significant others there.
10 self train: You may also be able to self train in whatever grappling art you practice as a way of keeping your skills sharpened. Specifically with a grappling dummy.