March 31, 2016 - Comments Off on How Learning Jiu Jitsu Can Help Your Career

How Learning Jiu Jitsu Can Help Your Career

You'll never believe these three simple tricks to stay calm!

  1. Join a Jiu Jitsu class.
  2. Get choked, like a lot.
  3. Try telling me that project review Tuesday with the CMO is really that big a deal.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.”



If you ever decide to take Jiu Jitsu (which you should) you will soon learn that a lot of it is accepting someone could seriously harm you and subsequently your giving in.

You're going to get choked to the point of (almost) passing out. Don't worry, it's safe and it's turns out it's actually pretty good for you.


A new study at the University of South Florida (so take that one with a Florida-sized grain of salt) is exploring Jiu Jitsu as a means of treating PTSD in returning US Military Vets. That makes sense, as an activity it promotes fitness, releases endorphines and relieves stress.

The applications learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (or BJJ) and martial arts in my own life have been more pedestrian in nature but invaluable nonetheless. The "runner's high", "yoga bliss", or the "climbing coma" are all well-known altered states of consciousness (ok I made that last one up).

But no form of exercise has been more effective at providing clarity on matters interpersonal and business than Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The pure act of going through a simulated life and death struggle for an hour or two will seriously alter the lens you view life through. Other martial arts come close, but this is the safest and overall most healthy option to experience adversity and opposition in a very real way.


Very important note, Ronin Athletics is where I learned my initial steady physical practice. They're the best in NYC in my opinion, if you're looking for kind hearted, knowledgeable people to guide you through the process of discovering your physical self. The gym's proprietor, Christian Montes, is a born educator who constantly surprises me. Dude recently started running super marathons, and that's hard even if you're a regular marathon runner. Imagine the focus that takes!

Christian cultivated a mentality of hard work combined wit

There are so many people I love there (I started listing you all and had a panic attack fuck you! I love you) that it's sad I don't live that all day every day. It's just so damn hard to make a living in the arts, even if the art is martial.

I promise you will find your mind glancing back to a situation you were in earlier during the week while shrugging off a confrontation, or finding yourself totally relaxed during what would normally be an anxiety-inducing presentation or public speaking event. Be mindful, it doesn't matter.


This isn't to say there's no risk in Jiu Jitsu - I'm still recovering from hip surgeries that were likely caused by my martial arts habits. You'll have to keep yourself safe, know your limits and train smart.

People have written books, created religions on the life lessons of martial arts, the benefits of learning self defense, and the importance of discipline and generating obstacles to overcome for self-improvement. This was for a good reason - and I'll be a student of the martial arts as long as it continues to surprise and teach me. I think meditation and martial arts should be a required subject in school instead of gym, but that's a subject for another post. Ossss motherfuckers! I love you, be awesome and try to kick my ass.

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