Jiu jitsu offers an enjoyable atmosphere for participants to achieve a higher fitness level while gaining valuable self-defence skills. Jiu jitsu can be used by anyone irrespective of strength, weight or gender. Training is tailored to the individual ability of the participant and a friendly, "club" type atmosphere is maintained during all classes. New students do not need a high standard of physical fitness or flexibility to begin, as participants will find their endurance, strength, flexibility and speed all improve as training progresses. Jiu jitsu is also great fun to learn and provides an opportunity for people to meet and socialize.
Aside from developing valuable self-defense skills, the main aim of participation in the martial arts should be the betterment of oneself. Participants in any well taught martial arts club will derive many non-physical benefits such as improved confidence and increased self-discipline and esteem. The martial arts can be extremely valuable to children as training helps reinforce values such as humility, patience, tolerance, discipline, and respect for oneself and others.