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How Martial Arts Improves Your Brain Function

Martial arts is a very intricate sport that requires, not only quick hands and feet but a sharp mind. This sport has been proven to increase brain function in its athletes, no matter what age they are, but how? The study of martial arts is more than just fighting, but strategy and exercises that workout the brain in very distinct ways.

When taking on martial arts, you are exposed to new techniques that will eventually become part of your everyday routine. With so many methods being introduced to you, your brain will begin to work in double time, freshening up your memory. This is known as cumulative learning, which is the layering of information. When you engage in this type of knowledge, studies have shown that it will sharpen your memory, language, and ordering.

Problem-solving is another huge way to improve your brain function, and a sport like martial arts is built on solving problems in short periods of time. Whether it is finding out techniques to work on during training, or tactics to use against an opponent, your mind is always trying to solve the next occurrence before it arrives. When your problem explains, our brains use plasticity, which is the formation of new connections that occur when taking in further information. This keeps your mind in the habit of thinking analytically at all times, whether you’re training or doing everyday life activities.

Lastly, the longer you practice martial arts, the better you become at creating strategies. You become more aware of not only strategies to implement for yourself, but the strategy of other people competing against you. By learning to strategize you not only improve the logical thinking section of your brain, but you also can stimulate the verbal left and right visual parts also.

The more you challenge yourself, the more you challenge your brain. Picking up a sport like martial arts allows for improvement in not only your physical and mental health, but it gives your mind something new to learn. Keeping it fresh, and active.

5 Things Anyone Learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Should Know

As you’ve probably discovered through previous blogs on my site, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not just a sport. The Martial Art is much more than training a few times a week. When you join a gym and begin training it changes your perspective on life. Having been a part of the BJJ family since the age of 16, I have learned a great deal about not only myself but the entire BJJ community. Anyone who has spent time training in Jiu-Jitsu can tell you that there are a certain set of ethics and unspoken rules. For those interested in taking on BJJ or if you are just starting your training, make sure you have a conversation with an expert. Anyone who has begun training with me has learned my 5 keys to a successful BJJ career.


  1. Leave your ego at the door. Everyone who submits you has been submitted hundreds, maybe thousands of times before. It’s how we learn and get better and is nothing to be ashamed of. You’re a white belt you are going to tap out….a lot.


  1. Repetition, repetition, repetition. As you advance in the sport you will find yourself practicing the same sequences over and over again. The only way you are going to get better is to have a firm grasp on the basics.


  1. Feel free to ask questions about the technique. The more you ask and understand, the better. But be mindful of the fact that you won’t learn it all in one day and a good instructor will have a curriculum or class plan that he or she wants to cover. Keeping the class on topic and on task is part of his or her job.


  1. Fundamentals are key to learning everything in the future of your Jiu-Jitsu journey. Don’t worry about learning the coolest flying triangle set up. Stick to the basics. Everything stems from a good understanding of them.


  1. Position before submission. Learn to control and be competent with the positions and a solid base (Jiu-Jitsu term for balance and stability) before you worry about submitting your opponent. When you are new survival is the goal and owning the fundamentals of position can help you immensely and lead to more technical attacks when you are ready.


When you begin a new journey in life, you need to be open to the fact that you don’t know everything and likely won’t for some time. Being a humble and patient student is key, especially when it comes to mastering the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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