Front line emergency providers such as firemen, bodyguards and policemen/women are constantly exposed to danger. Seemingly uneventful days could suddenly take a turn for the worse. If your job is similar to the ones mentioned above, you know how important it is to be physically and mentally prepared at all times. While constant training in your line of work can help front line providers be prepared, practicing jujutsu could complement your training in more ways than one.
Jujutsu is an ancient martial art developed in feudal Japan aimed for use in close combat without the use of weapons, or using short weapons. It continues to be practiced today throughout the world, for a variety of purposes. Here are some ways it can benefit you in your job:
- Defending yourself and others. This applies particularly to policemen, soldiers and bodyguards or prison guards who have to protect themselves and others from attackers who may be bigger and more powerful than they are. Unlike many forms of martial arts, jujutsu doesn’t rely on one’s physical strength in order to overcome an opponent, so both men and women may use this.
- Physical conditioning. Performing some of the moves required in jujutsu may be physically taxing, however as you progress in your training, so will your endurance. You’ll feel less tired and more alert especially after a brutal day at work. Additionally, while jujutsu doesn’t emphasise one’s strength and power, it will definitely improve your body condition, coordination and core strength.
- Energy conservation. Since jujutsu teaches you not to match your opponent’s strength, you will be able conserve more of your energy at work. This is because you learn how to neutralise potential threats more efficiently, so you could do a lot more without having to expend a lot of energy.
- Preventing injuries. Break falls is an integral part of jujutsu. This is where you’re taught to fall down safely when your opponent puts you off balance. By learning this skill, you minimise your chances of getting hurt or injured, and increase your chances of a speedy recovery to your feet.
- Mental toughness. Sheer strength isn’t always enough. Sometimes, you’ll need to soldier on even if your body feels like giving up. This is where mental toughness comes in. It can also be referred to as perseverance or resilience. You will learn this mental strength and confidence when you become a student of jujutsu, as you’ll have to maintain a calm and clear state of mind under stress and while being attacked.
All in all, jujutsu can be useful for more than just defending yourself. If your work requires physical conditioning and ensuring the safety of others, the practice of this martial art can benefit you immensely.
At The Colosseum Martial Arts, we teach the art of Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu jujutsu, which is centred on the principles of Zen and self-control. The skills and lessons that we teach will benefit you – no matter your age or size. Contact us today for more information!