It starts with the brain first!
Jiu-Jitsu Your Brain might be a strange phrase, but think about what the Martial Art of Jiu-Jitsu is based on and the effect it has on our brain.
Let’s make sure we’re on the same page just so everyone can follow along. Jiu-Jitsu is based on the principle of Leverage! Think of or Google the Pareto Principle as an example. Now, the art uses the same principles to be applied to manipulate or control the joints/appendages using as little force necessary, but with great effect to achieve an outcome. In this case, a submission. Submission is the outcome that shows one of the practitioners had the skill or advantage and defeated the opponent. All these skills are stored in our brain and muscle memory. There are different factors that led to this in general but i won’t get into those details here. But this is where i derived the term Jiu-Jitsu Your Brain! You use Leverage starting with what put in your head!
This art has many benefits. One is that it gives a great whole body workout. Two it is a game of chess for the mind. Exercise is proven to help with blood flow to include the brain. It is considered a thinking game, played on the mats. You can get creative here with enough time! My point here, find something to get the juices flowing to your brain!
Now, think about this, every part of the body consist of an organ of some type or part of an organ. The one i want to cover is probably the most overlooked organ and that is the Brain. Until recently (we’re talking decades) not much has been known about it, physically and mentally. With more advances in science more and more is being discovered.
SOME WAYS TO “BIOHACK” OR JIU-JITSU YOUR BRAIN
Many of us would like to get more out of our brain such as improved memory, awareness, and quality of sleep to name a few. So, i want to go over a few things that may help in both the physical and mental improvement of everyone’s brain. You know, to Jiu-Jitsu it!
Meditation is a tried-and-true path to enhanced awareness and spirituality!
Start with this-> The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise- This breathing is one of the breathing exercises that i have used to help with something that i’ve just started recently for helping me with meditation. This also helps me with my sleep issue. I’m a very light sleeper and it takes awhile to get to sleep.
How To Energize & Activate The Brain
Based on the research of Dr. Joie P. Jones of the Dept. of Radiological Sciences at the University of California, the exercise works using the body’s energy centres which absorb, digest, and distribute energy to different parts of the body. These primary energy centres are actually major acupuncture points. Acupressure energy points for the brain, eyes, forehead, mouth, ovaries, parotid, temples, and testes congregate around the area of the ear affected by pressure from the exercise. In addition, the finger pads used in the exercise stimulate neuropathways into the brain by activating acupuncture points on the earlobes. According to Dr. Jones, after doing the exercise, an EEG scan shows the right and left hemispheres of the brain have synchronized.
We are a culture accustomed to exercising to get fit, but with the power of the Superbrain Yoga squat we can now become brighter in the process! Prolonged practice of the Superbrain Yoga makes the practitioner, in general, smarter and more psychologically balanced! This is another form of “biohack” for your health.
Now, to add to this breathing exercise, i want to add something called brainwave entrainment. The research behind this is clear. But before i go further, think about this, how does music make you feel?
The reason i ask is to set in your mind, proof. If a series of sounds (music) can have an effect on your mood, then why can it not have an positive effect on the state of your mind?
Your brain has 100 billion neurons that use electricity to talk to each other. At any moment, millions of neurons are talking at once, which produces a lot of electrical activity. When this activity is measured with an EEG, the result is a wave-like pattern called a brainwave.
The frequency of this brainwave depends on what you are doing.
- Beta (14–30 Hz): awake, concentrated, alert. We spend most of the day here.
- Alpha (8–14 Hz): meditative state, awake but relaxed, twilight state between sleep and waking, improved memory recall.
- Theta (4–8 Hz): light dreaming, access to unconscious mind.
- Delta (0.1–4 Hz): deep dreamless sleep, restorative, complete loss of awareness.
In a process called Frequency Following Response, a consistent sound wave has been shown to change your brainwaves. Research has shown that audio entrainment helps meditators create awareness several times faster than traditional meditation.
Binaural beats are one example of audio brainwave entrainment.
Brainwave Entrainment Music- Music For Your Brain
“YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT..AND DRINK!”
You need to eat the right foods! Dave Asprey, creator of the BulletProof brand, outlined the new Bulletproof Diet. Short and sweet, just eat…
- lots of veggies lathered in grass-fed butter (Kerrygold is a common brand)
- grass-fed beef, pastured eggs, and low-mercury fish (like wild sockeye salmon)
- moderate starches and fruits
Also, JJ Virgin showed how sugar is linked to almost every common disease. It’s also MORE addictive than morphine.
Looking for an impactful biohack? Try removing sugar from your diet! Try it for one week and notice the difference.
Dr. Tom O’Bryan discussed the gut-brain connection. If you have a food sensitivity but eat that food anyway, you get inflammation. Inflammation makes our brains dumber.
FOR COFFEE DRINKERS!
Millions of people drink coffee! So do i and if there’s a type of coffee i’d prefer, it’s Gourmet Coffee that absolutely tastes great and doesn’t give you the jitters! But, it also offers another benefit to how it makes you feel in your brain!
Drink BulletProof Coffee! Get it here- Have You Heard Of BulletProof Coffee?
*Keep this in mind- “The things we put in our stomach and ears are inputs into our biology.”
One last thing.. Gratitude!
Think this sentence and then pause and notice how you feel.
“Ugh, this guy has wasted the last 10 minutes of my life. I’ve learned nothing and this stupid demo he’s asking me to do is bullshit.”
… hmm ok …
Now, try this one.
“I’mso grateful for this opportunity to expand my worldview. I am practicing my ability to absorb information and filter what is meaningful to me.”
… pause a moment …
Now one more.
“I am MASSIVELY grateful this author injected caffeine into his veins to have the energy to compile all this useful information into one concise article. I am grateful to be learning something new today and am excited to apply one of these techniques in my daily life. EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!”
Wait, why weren’t you already thinking that?!? If you weren’t, you should watch
You get the point though: We can think about the same experience in different ways. If we are grateful, we positively change our perspective on the experiences in our lives!
Gratitude is a daily practice, similar to meditation. Like meditation, it becomes more natural over time. In fact, gratitude and meditation go very well together, like Yin & Yang. I see this as Leveraging or applying Jiu-Jitsu to your thoughts and emotions. Part of being spiritual!
Remember: What you put into your body affects what you get out! This includes all your senses. In this case, your thoughts create the world you experience. If you put gratitude in, you get gratitude out!
Now, your mission is to start any one of these personal development or what is considered “bio-hacks” and leverage more out of your life! So, go Jiu-Jitsu Your Brain!
Rich Hernandez is an MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, family man, entrepreneur and online author.
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