BJJ Black Belt On Why He Started Doing the Ice Bath Method

BJJ Black Belt On Why He Started Doing the Ice Bath Method

If you’ve been in the bjj scene for a couple of years you’ve probably heard about the Wim Hof Method. This is a breathing method developed by a dutchman of the same name. This is a fella that swims in the Antarctic, rides the Kilimanjaro in shorts and is in impeccable shape.

This odd system rests on 3 pillars:

  1. cold therapy
  2. breathing
  3. commitment


The cold is your warm friend. Exposing your body to it in the right way starts a cascade of health benefits, including the buildup of brown adipose tissue and subsequent fat loss, reduced inflammation to facilitate a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— the feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.

We’re always breathing, yet we’re mostly unaware of its tremendous potential. Heightened oxygen levels hold a treasure trove of benefits, and the specialized breathing technique of the Wim Hof Method unearths them all: more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response to swiftly deal with pathogens.

The third pillar is the foundation of the other two: both cold exposure and conscious breathing require patience and dedication in order to be fully mastered. Armed with focus and determination you are ready to explore and eventually master your own body and mind.

Belgian BJJ black belt Wim Deputter, head instructor at Brasa Team Belgium https://www.instagram.com/wimdeputterbjj/,  started doing the Wim Hof Method. He explained why:

“2020 has been a rough your year for everyone.
We all have been affected, each in our own way. I started getting a bit depressed until I remembered some advise my friend Dinu Bucalets gave me… Cold showers and breathing.

I have always been a very “cold” person, meaning I’m always freezing, even in the summer 😄

Taking cold showers and taking fresh dips outside, must be the biggest step out of my comfort zone I ever took.

But now just two weeks in, I can already feel the benefit. I’m happier, calmer and less inflamed.

I still don’t love the cold. But I don’t dread it anymore 😊

I always need a challenge in life. Since the measures stopped BJJ competition, I needed something else to keep me on my toes and get my blood pumping.

I will take a cold dip in the lake every day for the next 30 days. I will report back how I feel in a month 😉”


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He explains his reasoning:

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