4. Discipline

Marge Sambol, a black belt in jiu-jitsu, explores the benefits of martial arts for women in this 10-part series.
Martial arts is not just about physical abilities.

In fact, some of the best rewards are attitudinal. Discipline seems like a great reason to put your kids in jiu jitsu, but it’s also a great benefit for adults to join. Martial arts is a great atmosphere to learn self-discipline and perseverance.

Perfection does take practice – lots of it – but instructors spend a lot of time making sure that it doesn’t feel repetitive. When you stick with it, you see the rewards in your improved abilities and confidence. That feeling reaffirms your desire to keep going and creates a positive spiral of motivation.

Whether you think about it consciously or not, that success can’t help but transfer to other areas of your life.