The connection between Stoicism and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Who knew, right? First things first, what is Stoicism? According to Holstee, Stoicism “was designed to help people live their best possible lives. It’s a philosophy of life that maximizes positive emotions, reduces negative emotions and helps individuals to hone their virtues of character.” See here, here and here for more information.

Back to Stoicism and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Michael Tremblay, a PhD student in Philosophy at Queen’s University, specializes in Stoicism and Hellenistic philosophy. He’s also a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has made some connections between the two: 1) Both place responsibility on the individual and thus empower them to change themselves, 2) Both ask the individual to reevaluate and challenge their ego, 3) Both offer a way of viewing challenges as an opportunity for personal development and, 4) Stoicism and BJJ force us to come to grips with the fact that there are things beyond our control. Check out Michael’s full post right here.

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