Play is a fundamental need. We all love Jiu Jitsu because it feels so playful at times. The difference between Jiu Jitsu and other forms of play is that it prepares you for a real fight. You get to play fight all the time. This creates the basis to learn how, if needed, to fight for blood.
There are enormous benefits to play fighting. Play fighting relieves stress, builds fitness and strength, creates competence and, paradoxically, makes us feel closer to each other. Play is also one of the fastest ways to skill.
So, let’s play and have fun. We all need more fun in life, especially now.
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: the potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
Play links to the best processes of direct perception and self-organization. Play is creative and links multiple areas in the brain together. Research has shown that animals that play more are smarter and have larger brains.
“I believe that we have … evidence that with enough play, the brain works better. We feel more optimistic and creative,” writes Dr. Stuart Brown in Play: How It Shapes The Brain, Opens The Imagination and Invigorates The Soul.
You will experience constraint-based-play at Zenyo that will open new ideas and possibilities to help you discover your best self.
“Somehow we’re in a culture where PLAY is just for “fun” (as if that’s not an ideal goal), but “serious work” is where the real stuff happens,” writes trainer Kathy Sierra. “The research … is compelling … intrinsic motivation in movement is linked to better long-term, sustainable, robustness in maintaining fitness ‘work.’ In other words, PLAY is better for ‘work’ than actual ‘work.”
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