Top 4 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brain Improvements
We all get excited when UFC fighters choke out an opponent, but Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is much more than that. Beyond any physical improvements that come as a result of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are the mental ones that are often overlooked. The mental training is just as important as physical conditioning and strength. There are countless mind improvements that comes along with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but here are the top 4 BJJ brain improvements:
#1 Focus and concentration
This sport requires mental concentration as you anticipate your opponent’s next move and formulate your own plan for defense and attack. This forced concentration helps you be better able to focus your mind during practice – and for other tasks, as well.
BJJ has also helped many children and young people suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.), improving their levels of concentration, reducing the hindrance the disturbance would otherwise cause in their adult lives.
#2 Improves memory
The process of learning a technique requires as much mental activity as it does physical. In order to learn a technique you must practice it over and over. You study the technique just like you would a subject for school, and then learn to apply it. Learning to apply the technique can be the most challenging part. When attempting a new move during live rolling or drilling it can be difficult to complete. In order to improve you must keep attempting the technique over and over again.
#3 Speed of thought
The more you do this sport, the more you realize the need to be ahead of your opponent. Reasoning plays a big role in order to come up with the plan for defense and attack against your opponent. That’s why most BJJ experts compare this martial art with a Chess game. Many call Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as “The Game of Human Chess”.
#4 Ability to control emotions
BJJ is a self-defense system that preaches patience and instinct. It teaches you to feel out your opponent’s moves and respond. In fight sports, violence is inevitable, but BJJ teaches controlled aggression. If you can keep your cool and think clearly when the blood is pumping, there are few other realms of your life where you won’t be able to do the same.
→ Here is a really cool video showing the comparison between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Chess ←