Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is often compared to a game of chess, for every move, there is a counter-move. For every attack, there is a defence, or counter-attack.
A match in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu may last many minutes, or indeed hours. Carlson Gracie once won a fight in the 5th 30-minute round!
The entire mindset of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner can often be very different to average Joe on the street, as the BJJ player is continuously analysing the situation and changing their approach accordingly.
During a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu match, a competitor will be thinking about all aspects of the fight at the same time, having to process huge amounts of information at once.
The match also evolves as time elapses, so criteria is always changing, opportunities come and go, but the competitors have to remain calm and focused at all time.
This mindset also sees martial arts receive success in the gambling world, be able to remain calm and not get caught up in the moment.
During a competition match, a street fight, or even a friendly game of Chess or Blackjack, competitors who can remain calm will always have the upper hand, quite literally.
Games of Blackjack may last for hours, yet it is the focused competitor who will have more chance of success, not getting drawn into playing rubbish hands, or trying to act aggressive with large bets.
It is very easy for people to get drawn into situations and act differently when they become stressed, so keeping calm is always the best strategy.