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012: Bjarte Hiley - On Despair, The Darkness of The Soul, & The Dao

In this Mental Jiujitsu episode, I speak with my good friend, Bjarte Hiley. Bjarte has invested many years in training the martial arts and studying Taoism and has since gone on to develop Daomove ( a teacher and coach. What I endear about Bjarte is his commitment to living as honestly as he can. There is not one false bone in his body. In this episode, he shares his ordeal with despair and the darkness of the soul, his brief foray into pickup artistry (I was very surprised, as...


011: Daniel Murakami & Jon Yuen - Just a Damn Good Conversation

Hello everyone, and welcome to the MJJ Podcast. For longtime listeners, welcome back, and if this is your first time listening, I welcome you to Mental Jiujitsu. My name is Jonathan aka Mirth, and I've been really eager to take Mental Jiujitsu to the next level by starting with a new episode featuring a conversation with two people who I lovingly call my oathbrothers. Brothers not by the blood that flows through our veins, but through the oath that we carry in our hearts. What's fascinating...


010: Martina & Philip Chubb - Life Beyond Training & The Idealization of Hard Work

Today's guest, or more precisely, guests, are a power couple known as The Mindful Mover. It's the first time I've talked with more than one person at a time on the podcast, and although I was initially worried about the software being able to record the two at the same time, it worked out handsomely. Some of you have asked me whether or not I have a team on this podcast and the answer is a resounding no. I edit everything on my own, so please forgive me for any errors or spikes during your...


009: Jon Yuen - The Common Denominators Of Life, Movement, & The Refutation of Bullshit

Today's guest is someone who I've admired for a very long time. He is one of the most elegant and graceful movers on the planet, but what I admire him most for is his ability to reveal himself unapologetically to the world. He is a fascinating thinker, and I had the pleasure of picking his brain for a bit. He's studied countless movement arts and practices and is, at his core, a wonderful human being. For people who aren't invested into a movement practice of some sort - first, please train...


008: Daniel Murakami - Being Antifragile, Playfulness, & Personal Liberation

Today's guest is none other than Daniel also known as DJ, Murakami. Most know him as one of the country's best 'personal trainers', but I had the pleasure of getting to understand the man known as one of the most organically strong people in the world. He's studied with some of the greats in the world of all things movement, and is extremely adept at 'knowledge transfer', or seeing the relationship between different domains through sets of principles. If you aren't a person with a movement...


007: G Yamazawa - The Power of Poetry, Social Critique, & Getting Through Dark Times

In this brilliant episode of Mental Jiujitsu, I sit down with George Masao Yamazawa in his home here in LA. George aka 'G' was born in Durham, North Carolina, and is an 8 time National Poetry Slam Champion, emcee & music artist, and connoisseur of carne asada fries. His most recent stint was in Indonesia, where he served as a Next Level 3.0 Cultural Ambassador. (You can find more on that by searching 'G Yamazawa Next Level'.) He's been featured on Team Backpack, NBC News, and is currently on...


006: Kevin Wu (Kevjumba) - Living a Godlike Life & Life Beyond Youtube

In today's episode of Mental Jiujitsu, my guest is a Youtube pioneer and many will recognize him immediately. He started his channel back when Youtube videos first became popular - when his video "I have to deal with stereotypes" was featured on Youtube, he quickly rose in the rankings to become the #1 most subscribed Youtube channel within an extremely short time frame. He's been featured in tv, movies, and film such as Revenge of the Green Dragons, Funemployed, Man Up, Online Nation and...


005: Dr. Zeshen Wu - Destigmatizing Mental Illness & Addressing Anti-Blackness in AAPI Communities

In this episode, I sit down and talk with one of my earliest inspirations within the dance and more specifically, breaking/hip-hop culture. (On an important side note, I also want to mention and say thank you to Daniel Choi, or Cho-one, for being my first mentor in this craft as well as introducing me to my guest early in my journey. I'm grateful for what you've taught me. Thank you.) He goes by the name of Zeshen Wu and is a current resident psychiatrist in training, a graffiti artist, and...


001: Indigo Ross - How To Be Funny, On Being Black and Buddhist, & Racism in K-Pop

The inaugural episode of Mental Jiujitsu features a good friend of mine, Indigo Ross, a budding comedian to be. Funny story: there was a lot of echo in the room, so we decided to go under a big comforter blanket to block out the ambient noise. It's an interview that I'll never forget. She's been featured in several clubs in Scottsdale and is making her way up. In this conversation, she shares her methodology and struggles in writing comedic material, her desire to bomb on stage, and the Red...


002: Eddie Ng - Why Hope Works, How To Be Vulnerable, & 'Tiger Parenting'

Eddie Ng is a businessman who has a knack for giving good advice and letting himself be vulnerable. In this episode, Eddie opens up about his past insecurities, fights with his partner, and how to remain hopeful despite the odds. I first met Eddie when I was a university student (we went to the same uni.), and I knew that he would be a great addition to the podcast. You may disagree with him at some parts - I know I did - but that's all the more reason to listen. In essence, if you want to...


003: Dr. Phat Vu - The Prison of our Emotions, Social Reality, & Sacrifice

Dr. Phat Vu is a physics professor among many other things at Soka University of America. As one of the most influential professors I've ever had, I sit down with him to talk about social reality, why our emotions are so strong, the meaning of sacrifice, and a whole slew of other topics. His research has been featured in many different publications and journals, including Cornell University, Wellesley College, and other institutions. He's an incredible thought provoker and has a great story...


004: The Foot Collective - The Importance of Your Feet & The Pitfalls of the Footwear Industry

In this episode, I talk with Nick St. Louis, a physiotherapist from Ottawa, who also heads The Foot Collective (@thefootcollective on Instagram). In a short 6 months, TFC has reached thousands of people on IG and contributed to a massive shift in the way people view or tend to one of the most important body parts - the foot. We cover a tremendous amount of material in this conversation, including: the pitfalls of the footwear industry, why you should go barefoot more often, and things we can...