If you or someone you know are thinking along the lines of why you should choose to practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu over another martial art, or sport, or physical activity in general, then this one's for you. A student once asked Rickson Gracie, "What is the greatest thing BJJ has brought to you outside of the fighting and self-defense?" The master took just a couple of seconds to compile a very strong case:
"Jiu-jitsu gave me the sense of knowing myself, in depth, and how I can deal with my monsters, and how I can deal with the valuable things I have. It taught me how to be a humble guy. It taught me how to be grateful to life. So, without jiu-jitsu, I would not have the perspective of what I should be grateful for, or what I should be fighting as a monster in my mind.
"So, through jiu-jitsu I could grow as a man, spiritually, mentally, physically. And now, I don't even fight anymore, and I'm still living and breathing jiu-jitsu every day of my life, in terms of: the mindset of a warrior sticks with me and gives me the chance to be the best I can be every day.
"Even with injuries, even with limitations, I feel like this mindset gives me, always, the capacity to create a strategy to draw the best of me, or to find happiness, and to keep loving my life. So, all this, aside from fighting, aside from being a champion, is just something I get from jiu-jitsu experience which is priceless."