MIDLAND, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24 ) – We all use different ways to combat stress and PTSD, some community members in the Basin would go to Midland BJJ for those purposes.
Jiu-Jitsu is a way for some people to alleviate stress and to take their minds off of things. Michael Gutierrez is an Army veteran, and he says even going overseas for 15 months during his six years of service, using Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu helps to cope with his mental health.
“I came in very depressed,” Gutierrez says. “Hard days long days at work just hard to get through and coming to Midland BJJ gave me something to look forward to daily.”
Gutierrez says Jiu-Jitsu helps him test his patience.
“It tests a lot of muscles in your brain a lot, especially with some of the moves you get into, ” he says. ” It tests your mental patients a lot as well, so overall, I’ll say do Brazilian Jitsu if you have PTSD.”
For many in the Basin, coming to Midland BJJ helps them stay in shape.
“I’m in my 40s; it’s always a challenge when you hit 40,” Banaise Blake says. “It’s been a way for me to stay in great shape and make a lot of new friends I wouldn’t have otherwise.”
Blake says it helps them connect with new people.
“Jitsu is filled with people just like you who are going through tough times; stress from work,” he says. “We have veterans here with PTSD; everybody has got something that’s weighing on them; jiu-jitsu is a great way to come in and connect with people like that.”
Jiu-Jitsu veterans have advice for those who haven’t tried out the sport.
“Jiu-Jitsu is life-changing not just because of the fitness aspects, but again it’s the people the people that you made friends with,” Blake says.
“Acknowledge you have PTSD and be okay with the fact that you have it,” says Gutierrez. At one point in time, I was somewhat suicidal and started doing Brazilian Jitsu, preferably here.”
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