A man works on his flexibility by stretching his hip flexorsFinding ways to improve your functional fitness and flexibility can significantly impact your everyday life. For example, daily tasks become easier to carry out when you can move efficiently and effectively.

So how do you work on these skills? Many people choose to go to the gym and work out, but this isn’t your only option. Participating in martial arts, like Jiu Jitsu, is a great alternative.

In most Jiu Jitsu classes, you’ll start with a warm-up, work through some skills and technique exercises, and then partner up to practice your skills by sparring on the mat. You may not notice any physical changes at first. But each session will gradually improve your functional fitness as you increase your flexibility as well.

Functional Fitness

Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to use your body as one synchronized unit. And this whole-body style of training helps you increase your functional fitness. Rather than training a single muscle, functional movements use multiple joints at the same time while training your muscles to work together. The advantage of increasing your functional fitness is that it can make everyday activities (like unloading your car after a trip to Costco) easier.


A limited range of motion can mean painful joints, increased risk for injury, and a loss of strength. There are many ways to improve your flexibility, and Jiu Jitsu movements are an effective way to develop this fitness element. Quite a few Jiu Jitsu movements will encourage your body to bend and stretch in ways you aren’t used to moving. By improving your flexibility, you’ll experience a decrease in pain, less risk for injury, and increase total body strength.

If you’re interested in learning more about Jiu Jitsu and how it could improve your fitness, as well as your lifestyle, contact us. We’d love to answer any questions you have about the programs we’re currently offering at Classic Fight Team in Fountain Valley.