What is the value of Jiu Jitsu for living our lives? One of our trainers practices Jiu Jitsu and recommended this interview video with John Danaher, a New Zealander Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor, as containing important mental training principles.
I’m particularly intrigued by the most valuable lesson he suggests that Jiu Jitsu teaches for life: being able to solve problems under stress. Developing this ability truly does help us live as warriors. With it we can relax into the present stress in a calm way and do what needs to be done.
The short video outlines this value of problem solving under stress.
Check the longer video for more interesting bridges to life, such as what it means to be an effective coach, channeling violence in helpful ways, and the clarity of competition for revealing who we are inside.
Incremental complexity of solving problems under stress in short video: (2-½ minutes)
- Solving problems under stress is just the beginning.
- Jiu Jitsu problems are problems unlike any other. The problems aren’t static; they’re dynamic.
- You’re dealing with a cognizant, thinking opponent who’s trying to defeat everything you do. In other words, the problem changes every second. The solution you thought would work in one moment, doesn’t work in the next moment.
- Not only do you have to solve problems, but you have to solve them at a faster rate than your opponent is solving the problem you’re presenting to them.