Some martial artists don’t realize the benefits that yoga can bring to their discipline. In fact, did you know that the martial art of Kung Fu actually evolved in China from Hindu yoga exercises in the sixth century?
In the centuries since then, both of these forms of discipline and exercise have evolved in their own distinct ways. Other forms of martial arts have sprung from these original roots in ancient China too. Additionally, yoga and the martial arts complement each other and it has been shown that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students can particularly benefit from yoga.
Yoga Improves Balance
Many yoga exercises involve standing on one foot or in positions that seem very awkward at first. Taking the time to master these exercises can make martial artists, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students at Final Round CSA, more sure-footed and confident on the sparring mat too.
Yoga Improves Flexibility
You may think that some stretching exercises you have observed in a yoga class are similar to stretches you already perform during your BJJ warm up. However, that may be because your instructor or your discipline already borrowed these exercises form yoga. Besides, yoga positions are likely to take stretching a step further than the ones that you experience in your short warm up.
Yoga Improves Breathing
During yoga training, students focus on controlling their breathing as they also concentrate on maintaining difficult positions. This discipline also helps improve breathing during your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training and competition.
Yoga Improves Core and Limb Strength
Even though yoga looks like a very passive way to exercise, holding those poses requires both endurance and strength. Many positions particularly target the core, and this part of your body may be left out of the traditional workouts you engage in now.
Yoga Improves Mood and Concentration
Like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, yoga is a very mental discipline. Becoming adept at this requires more than just strength and flexibility, but it also requires concentration and focus. You may also find that your yoga sessions provide you with a way to relax in a way that your active and competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes do not. When students practice yoga, they are encouraged to let go and release negative energy, and the only person that they need to compete with is themselves.