Now there is a cure, take up BJJ, and I’m not kidding when I say this. The medical profession claims the best possible chance to prevent this disease is to nourish the brain by mental exercise and maintain a well balanced diet. This disease is degenerative, incurable and terminal which may occur due to environmental or genetic factors. If it is going to happen it will occur in the later years of adulthood and, in most cases, when the brain no longer has challenges or makes important decisions which are prevalent when one retires and becomes mentally inactive. The symptoms include confusion, irritability and aggression, mood swings, language breakdown and long-term memory loss, and it only gets worse.
Most of us are familiar with this disease because it affects 1 in 25 over the age of 60 so it is not new to anyone. BJJ might just be the remedy because of its complexity challenging the mind like a game of chess which is just what the brain needs. It’s like a big jigsaw or crossword puzzle where you have to engage brain into gear. Any mental stimulation is going to keep the brain ‘alive’. BJJ is great for that which requires the head to constantly recite information.
Don’t forget (pardon the pun) to tell your parents and grandparents about the good news. There is a 70 year old who has a purple belt in BJJ and he travels 4 hours a day, to and from the gym, using public transport, so no excuse for anyone claiming 'not enough time'. There are plenty of other martial arts which might do the job if BJJ is not your cup of tea. For the fainthearted, there is Chess, or Crosswords, but I believe training both the mind and body to be more effective. Food for thought, anyway!