5 Reasons Why You Should Practice BJJ In The Morning 

Tye Ruotolo and Kade Ruotolo with Andre Galvao

Few martial arts compare to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, “the gentle art” that lets you fold clothes while people are still inside of them.  

You might think that morning classes are only for business people who are too busy to take lunch breaks or elite-level athletes like ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion Mikey Musumeci, who defends his belt against Gantumur Bayanduuren at ONE Fight Night 6 on Friday, January 13, at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

However, the truth is that anyone can benefit from practicing BJJ early in the morning. That said, here are five reasons why you should forgo the snooze button and get to class. 

Get Your Daily Exercise Out Of The Way

Whether you work a nine-to-five or are a freelancer hopping from client to client, your workout can become just another item on your to-do list if you don’t prioritize it. 

If your day is particularly hectic, you’ll usually put yourself last and find that you’ve run out of time to get to the gym. 

Stepping onto the mats for BJJ lessons first thing in the morning lets you get that task out of the way, so you can focus on the rest of your day without feeling like you’re going to miss training later on. 

Feel Good Before Starting Work Or School 

A healthy dose of endorphins is essential to having a good day, even if that means starting your morning hours rolling around in a heavy canvas gi.  

Doing BJJ before work or school reduces stress, provides you with some form of movement, and allows your mind to focus on something other than assignments, finances, chores, or relationships. 

So, training becomes a sacred time that you get solely for yourself, without the added weight of life’s responsibilities. 

Jump-Start Your Problem-Solving Skills 

Training BJJ isn’t always easy, but it’s always beneficial to the mind.  

Whether you’re turtled up and thinking of ways to get your teammate off your back, or trying to remember the difference between an Americana and a Kimura, you’ve kicked your problem-solving skills into high gear.  

This will only help you as the day progresses and will positively affect other decisions you need to make. 

Give Your Morning A Purpose 

Committing to morning jiu-jitsu classes entails more than just rolling out of bed and into your gi. You must set an alarm the night before, pack your belongings, and go to bed at a reasonable hour.  

When you wake up, you have a list of things you need to do before heading out the door.  

Because you’ll have fewer time to get things done more effectively, you’re starting your day with a goal in mind, all so you can make it to class and be your best self. 

Enjoy Socializing

In today’s world, it can feel like Zoom meetings and Instagram interactions are the only socializing you do.   

Also, making friends is already difficult, but it’s even harder to find time to do so when you have school, work, family, or other responsibilities.  

BJJ classes in the morning are a great way to interact with others and get that much-needed human connection at the start of your day. 

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