Art Belarde is a retired Navy veteran, owner of Art of War Jiu Jitsu and is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. He believes everybody needs a stressor in life. In Jiu Jitsu you’re presented with a bunch of problems and the problems are physical in nature. So everything that you’re thinking about in the outside world doesn’t even matter anymore. You’re just concentrating on your task at hand.
BJJ and fitness go hand in hand, and Belarde advises his students to really think about a strength and conditioning program to coincide with their jiu jitsu training. Having a strong body to be able to perform the martial arts techniques is so important. Your strength and natural abilities matter when you go against somebody else who has just as good of technique as you.
Belarde says kettlebell workouts are unmatched for building core strength, power, and explosiveness required for BJJ.