Like most skills, leadership is a skill that you can learn with practice and dedication. But it’s not always easy to find good ways to practice being a leader.
Students who train Jiu Jitsu have consistent opportunities to practice becoming a leader. Here are a few ways that Jiu Jitsu training develops valuable leadership skills:
1. Strategy and Critical Thinking
One of the ways that Jiu Jitsu develops leadership skills is through strategy and critical thinking. Jiu Jitsu students practice thinking through a situation and coming up with a solution. Sometimes a solution leads to a desired result, but sometimes it doesn’t. When a strategy doesn’t work out, students also practice coming up with alternatives and not letting a setback keep them from making progress. Good leaders also know how to work through solutions to try to come up with the best option. And they can’t let a mistake prevent them from continuing to try, learn, and improve.
Another leadership skill students gain through Jiu Jitsu is self-confidence. Training teaches students to stand up for themselves even when challenged. They also learn to value asking for help and the confidence to offer help to others. Even in the presence of doubt, Jiu Jitsu students figure out how to put themselves out there anyway and take action – even if the result is not known.
3. Resilience and Emotional Control
Another skill Jiu Jitsu students acquire through training is resilience and emotional control. Not only will students persist despite challenges, but they also practice learning to stay calm under pressure. A good leader knows how to remain calm and in control of their emotions. Students develop a mental toughness where they are aware of how they’re feeling. Rather than giving up or letting an emotion get the better of them, they stay in control and think through a situation.
4. Communication and Social Skills
Jiu Jitsu teaches kids how to communicate and to be a part of a team. Students learn social skills and how to interact with one another in a respectful, productive, and supportive way. Building these types of relationships encourages good communication, another valuable trait for leaders.
At One Nation Jiu Jitsu in Smyrna, we help students develop leadership skills that can be used on and off the mats. If you’re interested in learning more about our Jiu Jitsu programs, contact us today.