Don’t Get Pulled Over By The Thai Cops At 2am In The Morning 🤦‍♂️

John Wood, Founder of Rageheart

by John Wood

I’m sitting at my friend Chase’s, 2 minutes from where I live here in Peru, gazing up at Apu Pitusiray.

It’s open mats day – Brazilian Ju Jitsu with the crew…

Chase, Jason, James, Al, Ian and Felix.

I only started training BJJ this year (10 months ago)… but I’m loving it.

It’s so much more than a way to defend yourself… and it completely ties into the work we do inside Rageheart.

For example, BJJ is ALL about managing your stress response.

If you freak out and go crazy, you burn energy faster than Usain Bolt at the 2016 Olympics.

You thrash and kick.

Your heart rate kicks up and your breathing gets heavier.

You might think you’re about to win but it rarely ends well.

Even if you manage to flip your opponent and get into a better position, it’s still risky because once you gas out, you’re basically putty in your opponent’s hands.

What’s fascinating about BJJ is how much the basic mindset and philosophy transfers to life.

Think about it.

Just like BJJ is all about managing your stress response, so is life:

  • Family
  • Career
  • Health
  • Getting pulled over by the cops at 2am in Chiang Mai when you don’t have a valid license or passport on you 🤣

If we freak out in these situations and let our stress response get out of control, going into fight-or-flight, we usually make things worse.

We say things in the heat of the moment that we don’t really mean.

We make shitty decisions that cost us dearly.

We eat food that ain’t good for us (pizzzzzza 🤤).

Or we insult the local cops who are ALL about saving face (oooooooops)…


So if our stress response (and our ability to manage it) is at the CORE of everything we do, why don’t we put more emphasis on it?

Meditation might help. So might gratitude, journaling and talk therapy.

Problem is, these things don’t work DIRECTLY with the nervous system. You’re basically a few steps removed and that means the results just ain’t as good.

Why not work directly with your nervous system instead?

Imagine the benefits:

You could consciously regulate the fight-or-flight response, lowering your heart and breathing rate during stressful moments, switching from the “high activation” sympathetic response into a deep, restful parasympathetic response, improving decision-making, emotional capacity and in the end, real-world performance.

That means more loving relationships, a sexier body, a better career and no more altercations with the Thai police 🤩

That’s where Rageheart comes in (only 2 spots left for this intake):


Doors close at 11:59pm tonight or whenever the final 2 spots are filled… so if you want to master your stress response (and get all the benefits I mentioned above), hit that link and sign up today before it’s too late.

John Wood

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