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  • Martial arts offers brain boosting benefits for all ages

    By Ashleigh Johnstone
    We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise? Researchers have already shown that jogging can increase life expectancy, for example, while yoga makes us happy. However, there is one activity that goes beyond enhancing physical and mental health – martial arts can boost your brain’s cognition too. Researchers say that there are two ways to improve attention, through attention training (AT), and attention state training (AST). AT is based on practising a specific skill and getting better at that skill, but not others ....

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  • Health Benefits of Martial Arts

    By Jeanine Barone
    Martial arts can provide numerous health benefits for people of all ages. Perhaps the best studied is tai chi, which, as we’ve reported before, can improve balance and coordination, memory, walking ability, and sleep, as well as reduce anxiety, depression, falls, and knee, back, and other types of chronic pain. But studies have also looked at karate, tae kwon do, and some other martial arts. Here’s a summary of benefits uncovered in some recent research: Balance, strength, endurance. A review paper, published in 2014 in the journal Societies, looked at four studies that included 112 people over age 40 who participated in tae kwon do or karate. ....

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  • The Psychology of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    Posted Dec 14, 2014 by David J. Ley Ph.D.
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, commonly called BJJ, is one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world. First introduced to the US in the 1980’s through the creation of the UFC, BJJ has gathered a tremendous and dedicated following. BJJ has become established as a very pragmatic, and highly effective discipline, and BJJ techniques are dominant in mixed martial arts. BJJ is a sport embraced by many celebrities, from actors Ashton Kutcher, Joe Rogan and Ed O’Neill to chef Anthony Bourdain, playwright David Mamet and philosopher Sam Harris, many of whom have written or spoken about the things that draw them to the sport. As a clinical ....

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  • 5 Reasons Why Every Child Should Train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    In an age when kids are all too likely to sit at home and play video games, the benefits of getting out there and learning something new at the same time as becoming fit and making new friends has never been more clear. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a brilliant way for children to socialize, improve their fitness and have fun. Today, Evolve Daily shares Five Reasons Why Every Child Should Train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
    1) Learn discipline and respect
    There isn’t anything quite like how martial arts teach children (and people of all ages) the importance of discipline and respect. Discipline and respect are attributes that require training and attention. These are not functions that are ....

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  • The Hidden Benefits Of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    By Samuel Spiegelman
    Brazilian jiu jitsu is more than just a sport. It’s more than a martial art. It’s a way to change your life. You hear a lot of people talk about the jiu jitsu lifestyle, but what does that mean? Does it mean you train all day? Does it mean you surf and then head to class? Brazilian jiu jitsu’s benefits go beyond anything you can see. Often it’s the things you can’t see that have the biggest impact on your lifestyle.
    The Physical Benefits
    Walk into any academy and talk to some of the students who have just started training Brazilian jiu jitsu and ask them what it’s has done for them. Most respond with things like, “I ....

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  • How Jiu Jitsu Can Help with Anxiety

    Posted on September 12, 2017 by Jiu Jitsu Nation
    With over 18% of adults in America suffering from some form of anxiety, it is no wonder that there are so many therapeutic regimens out there that claim they can help cure the disorder. Anyone with anxiety can tell you how debilitating it can be to live with such a disorder that controls your life. It is so powerful that it impacts personal aspects in the victim’s life, which is why there is such a need to find peace. Although there are several ways of handling anxiety, there is, unfortunately, not one right cure-all treatment. There are, however, several other options to help with the disorder. In many cases, people use ....

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  • The Most “Dangerous” People On The Mat Are Often The Safest To Train With

    By Emil Fischer
    If you walk into a jiu-jitsu gym, who are the most dangerous people in the room? The upper belts, of course. The higher you get on the food chain, the more dangerous you become, but I’ve noticed as time has progressed that, if anything, the better someone is at jiu-jitsu the SAFER they are to train with. When I first got back into jiu-jitsu, I had the ability to submit most of my white and blue belt training partners. As I improved through white to blue, that trend extended, and as a purple belt, I can at least hang with the vast majority of people I encounter on the mat regardless of rank. As I started developing submissions, I noticed a trend of not ....

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  • Where To Focus Most Of Your Energy When You Start BJJ

    By Jill Gill
    We’ve had an influx of new students at my gym over the last several months, and it’s AWESOME! New students means new training partners, and I’m always down for that. Most new students ask how to progress further and faster, but my unwavering answer is to slow it down and just survive. Surviving was all I did at first (and still do sometimes). My first tournament goal was just not to get tapped out. That may not be the right mindset, but I ended up winning that tournament. The most important lesson I’ve learned in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is that I can’t submit anyone if I can’t protect myself. This principle applies to cardio as well. ....

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  • The Importance Of Fight Simulation Training Within The Jiu-Jitsu Journey

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    Arman Fathi
    We hear it all the time. Royce Gracie, UFC 1, jiu jitsu, most effective martial art out there, so on and so forth. I get it. Ok, now let me grab your lapels and put you in worm guard. The evolution and perpetuation of technical development within Brazilian Jiu Jitsu over the past two and a half decades has given rise to a sportive realm that spreads well beyond its roots in Japan and Brazil. The creation of the IBJJF, ADCC, and various other governing bodies has solidified a sustainable industry of sport grappling created on the shoulders of the momentum generated by the early UFCs. As such, there is a noticeable dissonance in teaching methodologies, focus ....

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  • I Think I Overtrain And Wonder If I Would Benefit From Skipping A Class Or Two

    By Arman Fathi
    I find that I overtrain and think I need to be at class every day to make more progress, but in truth, I get the most out of training when I miss more class! Something about the break let’s all the information gel in my brain, and I often do really awesome, interesting things after a couple days off. Where do you get the meat of your training? And how do you prioritize quality over quantity? Let’s agree first and foremost that overtraining and realizing you need to cut back is probably a better problem to have than under training and realizing you ought to train more. I recall as a white belt watching a video where Ryron Gracie mentions that as a ....

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