Brazilian JiuJitsu – The Perfect Mindset Training Tool

We teach different mindset training tools as part of our coaching program here at Win In Your Mind Coaching. We teach breathing and meditation practices; the Big 4 of Mental Toughness; 3 P’s and One Thing to help our clients discover their purpose; and others.

However, all of those tools are no good unless you train them. Not until you take the knowledge and put it into practice does it help you develop an Unbeatable Mind. One of the best ways I have found to put the knowledge into practice is training in Brazilian Jiujitsu.

The 5 Mountains

I recently wrote an article about training the whole mind on the 5 Mountains. The 5 Mountains are:

  1. Physical
  2. Mental
  3. Emotional
  4. Intutitional
  5. Spiritual (Kokoro)

We train the 5 Mountains in an integrated fashion which means when we train one we are often training multiple at the same time.

Brazilian Jiujitsu hits all 5 Mountains. It’s the perfect mindset training tool. I’m going to tell you how it trains each Mountain.


Obviously, Brazilian Jiujitsu trains the Physical Mountain. It is a combat sport. You’re moving your body the whole time you’re training. Because there is no striking or kicking, you can spar with your training partner and go full throttle.

When you’re on the ground grappling with another human being, you’d be really surprised at how much that taxes the body. We have CrossFitters, runners, and all kinds of different training modalities that come into the gym and after a couple of rounds of sparing, they are exhausted. It’s definitely a different experience.

Not only that, most of the people that I know who train Brazilian Jiujitsu are also watching what they eat, keeping themselves hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, etc. To many people, it’s a lifestyle. The Gracie family, who actually created the art of Brazilian Jiujitsu, have their own diet called the Gracie diet.


On the Mental Mountain, we learn new things, control our breath, visualize, and practice The Big 4 of Mental Toughness. Brazilian Jiujitsu has all of these covered.

When a typical class begins you usually spend 30 to 45 minutes learning and practicing techniques before you get into the sparring sessions. So there’s the component of learning new things.

We’re also controlling our breath, visualizing success, and using the positivity and micro-goal pieces of The Big 4 of Mental Toughness. We practice these skills during the learning part of the class but they are supercharged during the sparring sessions.


You will experience many emotions while training Brazilian Jiujitsu. These include fear, anger, and pride, among others.

As I said earlier, it is a combat sport. Most of the time no one gets hurt unless something unexpected happens. But fear can be a factor when battling another human being. If you’re in a competition those feelings of fear can be heightened. You have to be able to manage your fear.

A lot of people who train are Type A personalities that like to win! Ego can become an issue when they don’t. I’ve seen people come into the dojo who just couldn’t handle getting beat and they quit.

Jiujitsu gives a smaller weaker opponent the ability to beat a larger, stronger opponent using the leverage of the body. I’ve been tapped out by women wearing pink gi’s, middle school kids, and people who are lower rank than me. I’ve got a picture on my Instagram of me and Master Stephanie Causby. The picture was taken after a sparring session where she beat me twice wearing pink! Master Causby 2, Craig 0. You have to check your ego at the door.

Getting beat can also result in anger and that anger has be to controlled. I just turned 50 years old and I try to be a mentor and an example to younger men and the kids in the gym. I want to control my anger and frustration with losing so I can be that example. Plus, showing out in my gym will get you shown to the door in a hurry!

You have to learn how to control those emotions.


On the Intuitional Mountain, we train situational awareness and how to listen to our gut mind. There’s a huge situational awareness component with Brazilian Juju.

When grappling with your opponent, you want to be situationally aware of what that person’s doing. Your opponent may try to make you think they are doing one thing while their intention is to do something else. You have to be able to see the big picture in the moment.

Some of the black belts in my academy seem to know what I’m going to do before I do it. If I try to attack it’s like, they are already waiting on me to make that move and they are defending it before I get there. They have become extremely situationally aware and they are listening to their gut mind to read what I am doing.

Spiritual (Kokoro)

And then finally the Spiritual, or the Kokoro, Mountain. When we talk about spirituality in this context, we’re not talking about a particular set of religious beliefs. In this case, we are talking about merging our heart and mind into action (Kokoro) and finding that 20 X factor. The 20 X factor means you’re capable of 20 times more than you previously thought possible.

When you spar 5-minute rounds with 4, 5, or more opponents in a class or you are sparring with a bigger stronger opponent you have to dig deep and push through. This is pushing your 20 X factor and tapping into the Kokoro Mountain.

We also integrate service to others on this mountain. I’m trying to get better in the gym and when I’m training, but I’m also trying to make my training partners better. I am in service to my training partners when we train because there are times when I’ll tell them during a match what they should do or I’ll set something up to give them the opportunity to try a new move we just learned.


Brazilian Jiujitsu trains all 5 Mountains in an integrated fashion. Every time you set on the mat you train Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, Intiutivelly, and Spiritually.

Another benefit that I’ll write about another time is the friendships you develop with your training partners and others who train the art. Some of the best friends I have met through training.

If you practice Jiujitsu I’m interested to hear your thoughts! If you have questions about 5 Mountain Training or starting a Jiujitsu practice I’m happy to help there as well. Please comment below or feel free to reach out to me directly.

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