Jiu Jitsu vs InfoSec: Chess

This is part of a series comparing Jiu Jitsu with InfoSec.

BJJ is often referred to as human chess. If you’re unfamiliar, like I once was, you might wrongfully perceive BJJ practitioners as just rage-filled meat heads, but the more familiarity with BJJ you have, the more you start to see the parallels it has with chess, and that many of BJJ players are very cerebral in their game. Chess, on the other hand, has its stereotypical fans perfectly overlapping with the computer nerds of InfoSec. That comparison may make more sense to you.

With BJJ, there are thousands of permutations of moves, counter-moves, attacks and defenses, tactics leading to strategy. High level BJJ players will work their opponents into situations where they are forced with two decisions, either of which are advantageous for the attacker. This is similar to catching your opponent two ways in Tic Tac Toe, or in Chess, where the possible combinations of moves is much higher, but not as high as BJJ. Think of BJJ like chess, where there is more on the line, and the moves are executed with full body positioning and involvement.

InfoSec today is so much more complicated than it was circa 2000. Adversaries use tactics to hide their attacks, not telegraph their intentions, and there usually is a complicated set of choices to be made along the way. Defenders have more at their disposal, and with the advances of “deception technologies” (i.e. honeypots), the chess moves line up from both directions. So, BJJ is a great way for an InfoSec practitioner to keep those chess-like functions of the mind sharp while using the physical exercise as a good mental break from work.

Want more? Keep reading: Jiu Jitsu vs InfoSec: Win or Learn