We are nearing the end of September—did you know it is National Self Improvement Month? Take the rest of this month to look at what you could do for self improvement, be it physical, mental, or giving back to the community. Read on to see how Phoenix BJJ and MMA Academy can fit into your self improvement goals!

Eating Right

Has a summer of burgers, ice cream, and ice cold beers finally caught up with you? The fall is a great time to reevaluate your eating habits and make some healthy changes. Eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed food can get you back on track, and fall is a great time for a harvest of apples, squash, pumpkins, onions, carrots, and other fresh produce. Discover new recipes that highlight fresh foods, and try to eat at home more. Cutting down on sugar is great for your health, and even small changes can have big rewards. If you are a soda junkie try replacing at least one glass a day with sparkling water—you might be surprised at how great you feel!

Exploring Your Hobbies

Do you love playing an instrument, singing, dancing, or creating unique artwork? Have your hobbies fallen by the wayside? Taking time for things you really enjoy and that give you a creative outlet can make you happier, as can exploring new activities. You don’t need to already be good at a hobby to try it, consider taking a sculpture class or hiking a new trail every week. Life can become focused on work, so be sure you are including some fun hobbies in your routine to keep you balanced.


Have you always loved to travel and explore new, exciting destinations? Make this month the one you finally book those overseas plane tickets, or plan a road trip with a close friend. Exploring the world can fuel your creativity and give you memories you will cherish for a lifetime. Traveling can also expose you to other cultures or provoke you to learn a new language. Visit a beautiful beach, an amazing tropical forest, or a historic monument this year!

Give Back

Many people find real happiness by giving back to others, and this could be the month that you decide to do just that. Volunteering at a local shelter, food bank, or becoming a mentor to a child or young adult can not just help others, but help you too! Giving back to your community can help you be a better person and help you with your self improvement goals.


For many people exercise is something that is high on their list of self improvement goals. Exercise can make you feel great physically and mentally and can help combat disease and depression. If you are looking for a great form of exercise to get into, consider taking a martial arts class! At Phoenix BJJ and MMA Academy, we offer a large range of classes to help introduce you to the world of martial arts, or to hone your skills. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a wonderful form of exercise and you will learn balance, core strength, and increase your power and accuracy. If exercise is high on your self-improvement list this September, contact us today!