As ADULTS we want to enroll our CHILDREN into the Martial Arts because of the many benefits they will receive from the training. Benefits that include the ability to defend themselves, improve motor skills, greater focus, the ability to make new friends, improved listening skills, strengthen the sense of achievement, as well as improved leadership abilities through PHYSICAL activity.
Being involved in a PHYSICAL activity is so important today as children have become so attached to their electronic devices that the only muscle getting any exercise is their thumb. So as an adult, we want to enroll our children in a PHYSICAL activity that will not only help them get in shape, improve their flexibility, reduce stress and will allow them to obtain a better night’s rest, but will also help them meet and interact with new people.
Is there a reason why you wouldn’t want these benefits as an ADULT?
It’s never too late to start training in the Martial Arts so you can obtain these same benefits that we want for our children. As an adult it may feel a little awkward at first, wearing “pajamas” and rolling around with strangers, but the awkwardness will pass.
In the business word, I have read numerous books on leadership, but none of them helped me improve my leadership skills and my ability to work well with others to achieve a common goal like training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Whether it is dealing with co-workers who attempt to bully people into their way of thinking or simply having the confidence to speak openly and honestly with my superiors; I know that I can remain in control of the situation. What I have gained on the mats through my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training has spilled over into the office and you can experience it too.
Please understand that Martial Arts training, especially Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, is NOT Mixed Martial Arts which is what you see in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (U.F.C). Martial Arts, when taught properly, is done so in a controlled environment by a certified instructor who has the best interest, including the safety, of the student in mind.
What traits are you looking for in a superior? Do you want to work with someone that has a short fuse? Someone who feels the only way to motivate is through yelling at or belittling the team? Maybe you want to work for someone who enjoys telling people what to do, but is not willing to do the task themselves?
I can’t think of anyone that wants to work for someone like that.
So if you want to be THAT manager, keep yelling. Now if you want to be the manager who not only has people wanting to work for them, but these same people will follow your lead, you may want to look at ways to improve your ability to lead, communicate, bond with your team, while reducing stress so you can remain focused and in control of the situations that arise at the office.
Training in the Martial Arts, SPECIFICALLY Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, makes you a better person both on and off the mat for the following reasons:
1. You have to do the work. If you choose not to put in the effort, you will be submitted on a regular basis and your teammates will want to work with someone that is more challenging; someone that will make them better.
2. You cannot lose your cool under pressure. Doing so will lead to you being placed in a bad position and eventually you will find yourself being submitted.
3. As you advance through the ranks, you will be looked upon to motivate and encourage teammates to keep trying. You don’t want to lose any teammate, let alone someone who has been training a long time, because THEIR knowledge only makes you better. Try finding someone without any BJJ experience and attempt to get them caught up to someone who had 10 years of experience before leaving.
4. If you are expecting someone to execute a certain technique, you should be able to demonstrate and explain the steps required to complete the move.
Those are just some of the areas where training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can help you succeed in the workplace.
Check out these articles:
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