Dr. Ashkan Khabazian serves as the emergency department clinical pharmacist at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California, where he helps provide optimal pharmacotherapy to patients. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian is committed to fitness and practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
One of the most challenging martial arts to master, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has increased in popularity with the rise of MMA fighting, as it is one of the primary styles employed by competitors in these sports. It isn’t just a practice for professional fighters, though; Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a lot to offer the amateur.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches the value of continuous effort, and beginners often find themselves tossed about the mat and easily submitted. With hard work, however, it won’t be long before the amateur begins to see progress, and isn’t beaten so easily. Achievements in the sport are easily measurable, and lessons are translated over to everyday life as well.
Additionally, there are many health benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The practice is beneficial because it teaches the practitioner to use his or her body as a single unit rather than different components. Since many people tend to do fragmented, sedentary activities throughout the day (sitting in chairs, on the couch, etc.) the body adjusts to moving in suboptimal ways. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu promotes natural movement and flexibility, leading to greater mobility and overall increased musculoskeletal health.