Big ideas lead the United Arab Emirates team back in the early 00s when the educational program using Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was first deployed. 12 years have gone by since 2008 when BJJ was introduced as a compulsory subject in public schools in Abu Dhabi.
For the first time many factors and effects of bjj could be observed and scientifically measured. Group of scientists from Fernando Pessoa University in Portugal opted to examine many effects of bjj on the students who have been taking the compulsory classes and they’ve done a study measuring some of the effects.
A wide range of factors was discussed including educational proposals, philosophies, sportization and Westernization of Middle Easterners, Gulf and scientific heterogeneity, as well as misconceptions about the cognitive effects of BJJ in children.
A sample of around 150 boys ranging from 10 to 12 years was taken. The classes performed in 45 minute sessions, 1 to 3 times per week for a period of 6 months. They were then tested with Stroop Test model, Victoria version. This kind of test is good for examining neuropsychological functions.
The results offered strong evidence that practicing BJJ had a positive influence on the Executive Functions development, specifically the Inhibitory Control.