Why you should find time to train

We pride ourselves on being a place where anyone can start training, be it Jiu Jitsu or MMA, and we get asked a lot of questions and hear a lot of people’s concerns about starting out. A lot of them centre around the idea of time.

“I’d like to start, but I’m not sure I’ve got the time”

Usually what this means is that a person is pretty busy already, and they’re not sure they can afford to add going to training into the mix. Or, they’re not sure that they can commit ENOUGH time to training to make it worthwhile.

In other words, they put finding time to get training in the same category as work/study/money- Things That Cause you Stress.

In this article, we’re going to show you that this is wrong! Exercise is NOT something that stresses you, in fact, the opposite is true. Getting regular exercise is the ultimate de-stressing tool, and finding time to train even just a couple of times per week is something you can’t afford NOT to do!

Stretching and cooling down after training

Stretching and cooling down after training

So what happens when you train? According to the prestigious Mayo Clinic, exercise like training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has the following physical and mental effects on you.

  • It pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.


  • It’s meditation in motion. After a fast-paced training session, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements.
  • It improves your mood. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence, it can relax you, and it can lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise can also improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All of these exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life.

Jessica Ryan, 26, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu student at Kyuzo, is a full-time medical student, and right in the middle of her final exams at the time of this article. Often cited as the most stressful of educational courses, medicine requires long hours, stressful exams and tuition, as well as the normal stress associated with being in high pressure environments like hospitals and clinics. Despite the heavy demands on her time, Jessica ensures that she makes room for training in her busy schedule. For her, it’s not a matter of just wanting to, it’s also a necessary part of being so busy. “I’m quite highly strung when I’m not training, for me it’s about reconnecting the body with the mind. It takes me out of my head for a few hours a week and gives my body something to focus on.” she says.

Some of the Kyuzo crew after a hard training session with Robert Drysdale

Some of the Kyuzo crew after a hard training session with Robert Drysdale

Something that almost everyone who begins to adopt a training schedule notices is that it has a positive knock-on effect on other aspects of your life. Not only do you start sleeping better and feeling better, you’ll also begin focusing on other things that can have a positive effect on your well-being such as your diet, your flexibility, and your general well-being. Gary Bligh, 27, a roofing contractor and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA student at Kyuzo, noticed a surprising effect that training had on his life. “Most of my social life was spent in the pub, but once I started training hard, I noticed I didn’t really want to go that much any more. I still enjoy a few drinks with my mates but I can take it or leave it. I’ve lost about 15kgs and I’ve way more energy during the day.”

The Mayo Clinic has one more bit of advice to add. It’s to DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY. Whether that’s hitting the ads in our Mixed Martial Arts class, or learning a new choke or armlock in our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu beginner class, you’ll find training and learning something new addictive and something you can really enjoy and progress at, regardless of whether you can find 5 hours a week or just a couple.

We have a pretty flexible schedule, with our gym open from 6pm each weekday evening, and classes for adults 6 days per week. We hope you can find some time in your schedule to get training here!

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