This Is How Martial Arts Can Help You Overcome Grief

Everyone, at some point in his/her life, has experienced grief. Grief is one of the most trying times anyone could ever go through. Whether it’s caused by the death of a loved one, a broken heart, or illness – we all have our reasons to feel heartbroken.

When we grieve, we go through many different emotions. Anyone can feel overwhelmed by the rollercoaster of emotions he/she experiences. Thus, finding a proper outlet for these emotions is critical. One of the best and healthiest ways to deal with grief is martial arts. Through martial arts, one can properly address each phase of the grieving process and deal with it accordingly.

Here is how martial arts can help you overcome grief, stage by stage:

Shock and denial

ONE Superstar and BJJ World Champion Bruno Pucci hails from Curitiba, Brazil.

When you’re in this stage, you’re constantly asking yourself how/why everything happened the way it did. This question consumes you and takes over your daily life and your routine. You become less inclined to move on and get through your normal life.

By enrolling in a martial arts class, you’ll have no choice but to get out of the house and go to the gym. After paying for those gym fees, you’ll feel like you need to make the most out of it. Being in a martial arts class will also encourage you to mingle with other people, bringing positivity and good vibes to you.



Martial arts has helped mould ONE Superstar and BJJ World Champion Leandro “Brodinho” Issa into the man he is today.

There’s nothing more cathartic than letting out all your anger on a punching bag. Channeling these feelings into something physical is a great way to release that pent up rage. Doing so will help you get those endorphins and eventually replace those feelings of anger with those feel-good hormones you just earned.



Kru Yod is a legendary Trainer of World Champions and is widely regarded as one of the top striking coaches in Asia.

Suddenly, you are willing to do anything to avoid accepting this sadness in your life. You’ll try whatever it takes to make things right and give up what you can just to turn back the clock to the way things were before.

With martial arts in your life, you’ll discover that some things are beyond your control. Whether it’s what technique you’ll learn in class or who your partner will be during drills, you just have to trust your instructor and take things as they go.



Nothing beats the endorphin rush of a great martial arts class.

At this stage, you finally realize the magnitude of your loss, and it suddenly feels overwhelming. You get into a state of deep sadness, and sometimes it may seem like you can actually feel the pain. This is the most precarious stage of grief, and you could fall victim to unhealthy behaviors.

By attending a martial arts class, you’ll always be surrounded by happy individuals ready to work on becoming the best versions of themselves. This is particularly important at this stage because the pain could feel especially intolerable. By surrounding yourself with positive people, you’ll be more likely to train your worries away.


Acceptance and hope

This is the final stage of grief and the only one that you’ll welcome in your life. At this stage, you’ll finally understand why you had to go through that traumatic experience. You’ll realize what the past meant and what the future can hold. At last, you can finally relax and truly enjoy yourself and the rest of your life.

Martial arts helps you reach this stage faster than any other activity. The progress you make in class and the goals you achieve will give you something to celebrate about. Instead of focusing on the past, you’re ready to focus on the promise of new beginnings, goals, and friendships. You will definitely feel awesome!


Whatever caused the grief in your life, adopting martial arts as a strategy to get over it will certainly help make life more manageable. Although it may take some time, martial arts can certainly give you the coping skills to help you manage your grief. So, if you’re dealing with some grief in your life at the moment, give martial arts a try!

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