18. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is Live Chess

18.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is Live Chess

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is compared to chess a lot and for good reason. It is a thinking person’s game. The physical is a small part compared to the mental part. The ability to think several moves ahead is a big advantage because you are leading opponents into traps while letting them think you’re doing what they want. In this respect, it is exactly like chess, but in chess you must wait for your turn to make your move, whereas in jiu jitsu you are both constantly making moves. Knowing all the options in any given situation and knowing when and where that leads is a huge advantage. People have told me I know what they are going to do before they do it, and to a certain extent I do.