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Is Jiu-Jitsu Dangerous?

Are you interested in signing up for martial arts classes? And maybe you’ve set your sights on one in particular - Jiu-Jitsu?

But you’re reluctant. After all, some suggest that martial arts are dangerous, so you’re presented with a dilemma:

Do I sign up for jiu-jitsu, or would it be better to try a different kind of activity?

But here is the thing:

All Sports Are Dangerous

Every type of physical activity carries an inherent risk. Lifting weights? Risky. Running on a treadmill? Risky. Playing contact sports? Especially risky.

But does this mean we should avoid movement for the sake of keeping ourselves injury-free? Of course not. Movement is essential to good health, maintaining normal body weight, and feeling good.

Countless studies find that physically active people are happier, more confident, and less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. But you don’t need research to tell you this:

Think back to a time when you were active for most of the day. Maybe you played sports, went hiking, or did some manual work around your house. How did you feel while doing it and afterward? Chances are, you felt energized, motivated, and in a better mood, despite pushing yourself.