…Brazilian Jiu Jitsu increases our problem-solving ability.
From Master Rickson Gracie:
“Jiu-jitsu puts you completely in the moment where you must have complete focus on finding a solution to the problem. This trains the mind to build that focus, to increase your awareness, your capacity to solve problems.”
From Master John Danaher:
“The deepest benefits of Jiu Jitsu come off the mat. It encourages a world-view based upon the idea of rational problem solving. Jiu Jitsu is all about solving problems that are rapidly changing under stress, and that gives you an ability to identify the crux of the problem in front of you, even in a stressful situation and adapt your body and tactics to overcome that problem and to continue overcoming it as the problem itself changes. It encourages you to use a very rational trial and error method, basically the same method that science uses to overcome these problems. So it gives you this sort of problem solving mindset, which I think applies throughout life itself.” (From Open Mat Radio interview)
Modern psychologists say that improved problem solving skills demonstrates an increase in our “Fluid” Intelligence. Fluid intelligence refers to our ability to learn, to reason, to recognize patterns, and get to the bottom of things.
The implication of Master’s Rickson Gracie and John Danaher’s statements then is that Jiu Jitsu literally raises our intelligence.
What do you think? Can Jiu Jitsu make us smarter?