Every sport differs from the next not only because of their rules or the equipment they use, but also because of the vibe it gives people when they play it. Think of basketball and compare it to karate.
Think of swimming and compare it to football. Every sport has its own little world, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is no exception. It is a sport that is rich in culture and appreciated by many because of its ability to teach you to flow like water, relax your brain and roll with the movements of your partner.
Now, given the culture and widespread participation of this sport, it is no surprise then that other similar hobbies and lifestyles that have the same effect have begun to cross over into it. One recreational activity you may have heard of that is present in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is smoking pot.
Some practitioners have mixed marijuana and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and you may have wondered why. Why do they do it? How does it affect your game? What are the different opinions of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners? This article will address your unanswered questions.
Why do they do it?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is loved by many for different reasons, but I personally love it for its grace, its ability to teach you how to flow, and because it opens up your mind to a different plane of thinking.
And I’m sure many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners would agree. It can be very intense while at the same time it can be very chill. In fact, many dojos even play reggae music or beach tunes while rolling, where else can you see that?
Now, with all this said, it really comes as no surprise that practitioners have started to mix Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with a drug that gives similar effects. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners are some of the most easy going people you will meet, and you’ll see a lot of people who look like they should be on a surfing magazine.
Yet these same people have an unbelievable thirst for knowledge and drive to succeed. It’s an amazing mix, and the same mix can be seen when they combine marijuana with the sport they love.
How does it affect your game?
When Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners show up to training high, it doesn’t mean they want to mess up their game and get a few laughs in. They actually have legitimate reasons to their actions, and many of them say that they smoke pot because it helps them improve their game.
Some practitioners train high because it reduces their nerves and allows them to enter into the relaxed mental state that is necessary for the perfect roll.
Some say that they have thought of moves while high that they have never thought of before, and that they tapped out opponents they never won over before. But just like any controversial topic, there is always another side to the coin. Many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners also say that smoking marijuana affected their game negatively.
They said that any act of inhaling smoke into your lungs decreases your cardio, and this is supported by many scientific studies. And not only does it affect your cardio negatively, some have also said that it numbs their brain and dulls their senses so they do not feel at their peak when they are rolling.
Every sense and every tiny detail is needed when you roll, so they said that whatever loss or mental damage marijuana will cause is detrimental to your game in both the short and long run.
What are the different opinions of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners?
There are many people who are for and against smoking marijuana while doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and this includes popular athletes as well. One high profile athlete that encourages the use marijuana for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is Eddie Bravo.
He says that it has helped his game very much, and allows him to think of new ways to improve his game since it brings your mind to another level of consciousness.
If you’re looking for other well-known names to ease your hesitations, then you would be happy to know that even the Diaz brothers and Joe Rogan find marijuana helpful for their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Of course, there are also people who are against it, and the most one would probably be Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros. With his impressive competition history, he would definitely turn a few heads in his direction.
He says that it slows down your progress in the sport because of the many negative medical and ethical consequences it poses. Not only that, it is also illegal.
Other practitioners also do not like rolling while high because they feel like it poses a danger to the person you are rolling with if their senses are dulled, which is also a good point.
So, just like any decision, you should consider both sides. Both sides have good points but not every person is the same, and ultimately, the choice lies in your hands.