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BJJ Mental Models

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Explore the conceptual side of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Black belt Steve Kwan and a slate of expert guests discuss the mental models, or universal principles, behind the gentle art.

Location:

Canada

Description:

Explore the conceptual side of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Black belt Steve Kwan and a slate of expert guests discuss the mental models, or universal principles, behind the gentle art.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep. 272: Common Jiu-Jitsu Mistakes, feat. Matt Kwan

2/19/2024
This week, Brother Matt joins us again to break down common Jiu-Jitsu mistakes such as failing to regulate tension, failing to fight for the inside channel, failing to manage the distance, failing to set goals, believing your coach knows everything, and failing to clear your trademark with JT Torres. Follow Matt on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onguardbjj Join the On Guard BJJ Online Academy: https://onguardbjj.com/p/online Resources mentioned in this episode: The Fastest Way: To Become An Effective Guard Passer (No Gi), by John Danaher https://bit.ly/3wnnXKz Longstep Masterclass, by Tainan Dalpra https://bit.ly/42YJSEh Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/staying-loose/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/constant-and-variable-tension/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/force-compression/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/controlling-the-distance/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/seated-vs-supine-guards/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/layers-of-guard/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/grips-dictate-position/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/phases-of-passing/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/do-what-works/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/feedback-loop/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:12:10

Ep. 271: High-Functioning Anxiety in BJJ, feat. Kristina Barlaan

2/12/2024
This week we're joined again by Kristina Barlaan! Kristina is a black belt under Caio Terra, and is a passionate advocate for mental health in the Jiu-Jitsu community. In this episode, Kristina joins us to speak candidly about her personal experiences with high-functioning anxiety as a Jiu-Jitsu coach and athlete. Follow Kristina on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kbjiujitsu Email Kristina: kristina@kbjiujitsu.com Connect with Erin Herle for mental performance coaching: https://erinherle.com/ Feb 25 2024: Train with Kristina & Erin in Queens NY! https://www.girls-in-gis.com/events/ (Event is a fundraiser in support of Shama Ko, Program Director at Girls in Gis, during her battle with cancer) Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/resulting/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/psychological-safety/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/stress-and-recovery/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:04:22

Ep. 270: The 3 Joint Rule, feat. Jeff Shaw

2/5/2024
This week we're joined again by Jeff Shaw! Jeff is the head instructor at Bellingham BJJ and the co-creator of the "Creating Gym Culture" series on BJJ Mental Models Premium. In this episode, Jeff joins us to break down the 3 Joint Rule: a critical mental model for understanding how to control your opponent's limbs. Follow Jeff and Bellingham BJJ on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeffmshaw https://www.instagram.com/bellinghambjj Train with Jeff at Bellingham BJJ: https://bellinghambjj.com/ Resources discussed in this episode: The 3 Joint Rule — BJJ Mental Models https://bjjmentalmodels.com/3-joint-rule/ Creating Gym Culture (requires BJJMM Premium) https://www.bjjmentalmodels.com/products/creating-gym-culture-feat-jeff-shaw Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/3-joint-rule/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/concepts-over-techniques/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/position-over-submission/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/probabilistic-thinking/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/predictable-responses/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/grips-dictate-position/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/resulting/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/elbow-knee-connection/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/double-trouble/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:12:25

Ep. 269: Position Series: The Honey Badger, feat. Josh "Kintanon" Wentworth

1/29/2024
This week we're joined again by Josh "Kintanon" Wentworth! Josh joins us to break down a powerful and underloved position: the honey badger. This is effectively when you "turtle" inside your opponent's guard and dig for a double under or stack pass. It's an amazing tactic for opening and passing the guard, especially against larger opponents. Follow Josh on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apexconyers/ Argue with Josh on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/kintanon Train with Josh at Apex MMA: https://www.apexconyers.com/ Resources discussed in this episode: Jiu-Jitsu for Hobbits, feat. Josh Wentworth (requires BJJMM Premium): https://www.bjjmentalmodels.com/products/jiu-jitsu-for-hobbits-feat-josh-kintanon-wentworth BJJMM Camp 2023 recorded sessions (requires BJJMM Premium): https://www.bjjmentalmodels.com/products/camps-seminars Josh's Knee Shield Half Guard instructionals: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/kneeshieldhalf (Gi) https://vimeo.com/ondemand/kneeshieldnogi (No gi) Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/limb-coiling/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/predictable-responses/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/elbow-knee-connection/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/surface-area/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/leading-edges/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:05:20

Ep. 268: When to Optimize, feat. Edwin "Junny" Ocasio

1/22/2024
This week we're joined by Edwin "Junny" Ocasio! Fresh off his first world championship win, Junny joins us to expand on a conversation he had with Emily Kwok on The Highest Levels (an ongoing BJJMM Premium podcast). In this episode, Junny explains how he thinks about optimization, when to dig deeper into optimizing an area of his game, and how to avoid over-optimizing. Follow Junny on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/junny_bjj Subscribe to Junny's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/junnyocasio Get Junny's instructionals on BJJ Fanatics: https://bjjfanatics.com/collections/instructional-videos/fighter_junny-ocasio Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/diminishing-returns/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/concepts-over-techniques/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ecological-psychology/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/do-what-works/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/shuhari/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/funneling/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/cognitive-load/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/you-are-what-you-train/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/self-competition/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/intention/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:07:07

Ep. 267: Jiu-Jitsu Mythbusting, feat. Greg Souders

1/15/2024
This week we're joined again by Greg Souders! In this episode, Greg joins us to bust some common Jiu-Jitsu myths, including: the "win or learn" debate, why teaching with "training wheels" doesn't work, the problem with instructionals, and whether belts matter. Follow Greg and Standard Jiu-Jitsu on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gdsouders https://www.instagram.com/standardjiujitsu Resources discussed in this episode: BJJMM Ep. 203: Evidence-Based Coaching, feat. Greg Souders https://bjj.plus/203 BJJMM Ep. 206: How We Learn to Move, feat. Dr. Rob Gray https://bjj.plus/206 The Primal MMA Coaching Podcast https://theprimalmmacoachingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/ Jim Carrey Karate instructor skit on In Living Color https://youtu.be/h_vvI26NnwE Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/you-are-what-you-train/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/perception-action-coupling/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/do-what-works/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/concepts-over-techniques/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/critical-control-points/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/self-competition/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/intention/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/kaizen/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/feedback-loop/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/constraints-led-approach/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:08:57

Ep. 266: From Student to Teacher, feat. Alec Baulding

1/8/2024
This week we're joined by Alec Baulding! Alec is a black belt under Romero Cavalcanti, an accomplished competitor, and a reputed YouTube content creator. In this episode, Alec shares his thoughts on the journey from Jiu-Jitsu student to teacher. Subscribe to Alec's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlecBaulding Follow Alec on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alecbaulding Get Alec's instructionals on his website and BJJ Fanatics: https://www.alecbaulding.com/ https://bjjfanatics.com/collections/alec-baulding Resources mentioned in this episode: How Jozef Chen is Changing BJJ — YouTube https://youtu.be/p0kK1JlC8Gw Instagram accounts suggested by Alec https://www.instagram.com/dubious_dom https://www.instagram.com/jonthomasbjj https://www.instagram.com/heather_morganbjj https://www.instagram.com/giancarlobodoni Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/feedback-loop/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/shuhari/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/beginners-mind/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/gamification/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/respect-people-not-positions/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/teach-to-learn/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/learning-modalities/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:07:22

Ep. 265: Mental Toughness, feat. Erin Herle

1/1/2024
This week we're joined again by Erin Herle! Erin is a black belt under Rubens Charles "Cobrinha" and is the founder of #SubmitTheStigma. She's also a mental performance consultant with a Master of Science in Sport and Performance Psychology, which is relevant to our topic of conversation today. In this episode, Erin talks about mental toughness. She explains how mental toughness is an attribute you can train, how many people define it incorrectly, and what to expect when you work with a mental performance consultant. She also explains the limitations of mental performance coaching and the ethical importance of staying within your area of competency. Take Erin's mental toughness quiz: https://www.erinherle.com/mental-toughness-quiz NOTE: Erin is only running this quiz for a limited time. In the future, this link might cease to work. If you get an error accessing the quiz but still want to take it, please contact Erin directly at the social links below. Follow Erin and her programs on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erinherle https://www.instagram.com/trainyamind https://www.instagram.com/submitthestigma Work with Erin: https://www.erinherle.com/ Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/self-competition/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/beginners-mind/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/investing-in-loss/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/habits-over-results/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-it-playful/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/gamification/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:02:27

Ep. 264: Teaching Submissions First, feat. Priit Mihkelson

12/25/2023
This week we're joined again by Priit Mihkelson! In this episode, Priit reveals something surprising about the way he runs his gym: he teaches submissions first! This is pretty funny and surprising coming from "the Defensive BJJ guy," but there's a good reason why he does things this way. Listen to learn why. Follow Priit on social: https://www.facebook.com/priit.mihkelson https://www.instagram.com/priit_mihkelson Learn from Priit on Defensive BJJ: https://www.defensivebjj.com/ Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/constraints-led-approach/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ecological-psychology/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/gamification/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/controlled-breathing/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/staying-loose/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/perception-action-coupling/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/win-conditions/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/certainty-heuristic/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/do-what-works/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/inversion/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/making-smaller-circles/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:11:32

Ep. 263: The Knee Slice, feat. Heather Morgan

12/18/2023
This week we're joined by Heather Morgan! Heather is a BJJ black belt under André Galvão and a prominent online instructor. In this episode, Heather discusses how she attacks from her favorite guard pass: the knee slice. Follow Heather on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heather_morganbjj/ Subscribe to Heather on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CaptMorgan0820 Check out Heather's knee slice course: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/kneecutcrashcourse Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/controlling-the-distance/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/surface-area/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/core-mechanics/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/waypoints/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/dilemma/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/committed-techniques/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/technique-chaining/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/critical-control-points/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/elbow-knee-connection/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/mirrored-stances/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/predictable-responses/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:01:16

Ep. 262: Gamification, feat. Rob Biernacki

12/11/2023
This week we're joined again by Rob Biernacki! In this episode, Rob talks about the concept of gamification, how it optimizes learning, and how both students and coaches can gamify Jiu-Jitsu. Keep an eye on Grapplearts for Rob's upcoming gamification instructional: https://grapplearts.com/ Learn from Rob at BJJ Concepts: https://bjjconcepts.net/ Follow Rob on Instagram: https://instagram.com/islandtopteam Train with Rob at Island Top Team: https://islandtopteam.com/ Resources mentioned in this episode: “Taint-Based Leverage” decal design https://bjjmentalmodels.com/patches-decals Rob Biernacki's Taint Sweep — YouTube https://youtu.be/1WaQsxvafH8 The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin https://www.joshwaitzkin.com/the-art-of-learning BJJMM ep. 185: F**k Your Jiu-Jitsu, feat. Rob Biernacki https://bjj.plus/185 Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/gamification/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/constraints-led-approach/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/investing-in-loss/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-it-playful/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ecological-psychology/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/making-smaller-circles/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/critical-control-points/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-your-identity-small/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:13:51

Ep. 261: Business, Balance, and BJJ, feat. Victor Hugo

12/4/2023
This week we're joined by Victor Hugo! Victor is a black belt under the Ribeiro brothers and a multi-time ultra heavyweight world champion. He's also an accomplished businessperson, being both the head coach at Six Blades Jiu-Jitsu in Lake Travis and the founder of several online Jiu-Jitsu brands. In this episode, the big man shares some incredible insights on the intersections between the worlds of business and BJJ. Victor explains how he balances all these projects, how his businesses have supported his competitive career, and the unexpected crossovers he discovered between these two different worlds. Follow Victor on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victorhugojj/ Train with Victor at Six Blades Lake Travis: https://jiujitsulaketravis.com/ Learn from Victor online at VH Jiu-Jitsu: https://www.vhjiujitsu.com/ Buy Victor's Big Man Flow merch: https://bigmanflow.com/ Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/transfer-of-learning/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/compartmentalization/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/raise-the-level-in-the-room/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/building-your-triggers/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:00:53:23

Ep. 260: Ecological Dynamics for Pragmatists, feat. Scott Sievewright

11/27/2023
This week we're joined by Scott Sievewright! Scott is the head coach at Primal MKE in Milwaukee and the host of the Primal MMA Coaching Podcast. In this episode, Scott shares his pragmatic take on ecological dynamics for beginners and coaches alike. It's a great gentle introduction to eco, covering topics such as: how eco differs from traditional methods, the importance of making mistakes, and why we shouldn't be afraid of developing bad habits. Follow Scott and Primal MKE on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/primal_mke/ Listen to Scott on the Primal MMA Coaching podcast: https://theprimalmmacoachingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/ Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ecological-psychology/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/growth-from-discomfort/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-it-playful/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/habits-over-results/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/psychological-safety/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/self-organization/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/intention/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/train-with-purpose/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/constraints-led-approach/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/incremental-learning/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/feedback-loop/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/training-handicaps/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:13:26

Ep. 259: Training with Giants, feat. Dorothy Dao

11/20/2023
This week we're joined by Dorothy Dao! Dorothy is a competition black belt now training under the Mendes brothers out of AOJ in Costa Mesa, California. Previously Dorothy had trained mostly with larger partners, but at AOJ she's found an elite competition team within her own weight class. In this episode, Dorothy shares how she's found success training with both much larger partners and also competitive athletes her own size. Follow Dorothy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_dorothydao Learn more about the Better Fight Fellowship: https://www.betterfight.org/ Follow the Better Fight Fellowship on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/betterfightfellowship Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/limb-coiling/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/elbow-knee-connection/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/dictate-the-pace/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/grips-dictate-position/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/force-compression/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/constant-and-variable-tension/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ecological-psychology/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/controlled-breathing/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/staying-loose/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:03:50

Ep. 258: Self-Organization, feat. Lachlan Giles

11/13/2023
This week we're joined again by Lachlan Giles! In this episode, Lachlan talks about the philosophy of self-organization, where students take ownership of their own learning journey. We also touch on use cases for Lachlan's amazing platform SUBMETA and his thoughts on ecological dynamics in BJJ. Learn with Lachlan on SUBMETA: https://submeta.io/ Follow Lachlan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lachlan_giles/ Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/self-organization/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ecological-psychology/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/do-what-works/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/constraints-led-approach/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/raise-the-level-in-the-room/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:00:53:58

Ep. 257: Mindset for Betas, feat. Rob Biernacki

11/6/2023
This week we're joined again by Rob Biernacki! Rob is fresh off an amazing performance at ADCC Open Canada 2023, where he won gold in the Masters division and Island Top Team took the #1 overall adult team rating. What makes this so impressive is that in addition to being a small team, they're also mostly hobbyists. In this episode, Rob breaks down his competition mindset: a rejection of the "alpha" tropes we see all over social media. Rob's approach is about trusting in your training, being comfortable with the work done, yielding to the possibility of loss, and identifying as perseverant. Follow Rob on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/islandtopteam/ Join Rob's online academy, BJJ Concepts: https://bjjconcepts.net/ Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-your-identity-small/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/cognitive-dissonance/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/kaizen/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/beginners-mind/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/raise-the-level-in-the-room/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/train-with-purpose/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/self-competition/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/probabilistic-thinking/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/win-conditions/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-it-playful/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:02:06:45

Ep. 256: Rolling Back Takes, feat. Stephan Kesting

10/30/2023
This week we're joined again by Stephan Kesting! In this episode, the legendary Grapplearts instructor breaks down key concepts from his latest instructional, Rolling Backtakes for Everyone. Follow Stephan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephan_kesting/ Resources mentioned in this episode: The Dope Mount, The Easiest Way to Get to the Mount —Stephan Kesting https://youtu.be/hhZx5ZFhSQw Rolling Backtakes for Everyone, by Stephan Kesting https://www.grapplearts.com/rolling-backtakes-for-everyone/ Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/predictable-responses/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/committed-techniques/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/economy-of-motion/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/asymmetric-warfare/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/static-vs-dynamic-control/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/investing-in-loss/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/critical-control-points/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-it-playful/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:09:20

Ep. 255: Blending Judo/Wrestling/BJJ, feat. Chris Wojcik

10/23/2023
This week we're joined by Chris Wojcik! Chris is a black belt under Jeff Serafin, an accomplished competitor, and the writer of the popular BJJ newsletter The Grappler's Diary. In this episode, Chris talks about the evolving standup game in competition Jiu-Jitsu, involving a hybrid of wrestling, Judo, and BJJ. Subscribe to the Grappler's Diary on Substack: https://chrismwojcik.substack.com/ Get Chris' free ebook: https://christophermwojcik.com/learn-bjj-faster/ Follow Chris on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrismwojcik/ Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/committed-techniques/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/controlling-the-distance/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/mask-your-intentions/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/kuzushi/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/grips-dictate-position/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/growth-from-discomfort/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/investing-in-loss/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/technique-chaining/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/tokui-waza/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:01:02:04

Ep. 254: Impostor Syndrome, feat. Drew "Darce_Knight" Foster

10/16/2023
This week we're joined again by Drew Foster! Drew Foster is a black belt instructor at Elevate MMA in North Carolina, the host of The Neon Belly Podcast, and a frequent contributor on /r/bjj under the alias Darce_Knight. In this episode, Drew discusses a topic we've wanted to get into for a long time: impostor syndrome. Oxford Dictionary defines impostor syndrome as "the persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one's own efforts or skills." Follow Drew Foster on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drewdarce Listen to Drew on The Neon Belly Podcast: https://theneonbelly.buzzsprout.com/ Check out Drew's contributions on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/Darce_Knight/ Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/self-competition/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/double-down-on-strengths/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/respect-people-not-positions/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/kaizen/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/reflecting-as-if/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/loss-aversion/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/beginners-mind/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-it-playful/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:00:54:46

Ep. 253: Finding Your Why, feat. Joe Hannan

10/9/2023
In this episode, we're joined by Joe Hannan! Joe is a BJJ black belt under Emily Kwok, the founder of BJJ Meditations, and the co-host of The Highest Levels on BJJ Mental Models Premium. In this episode, Joe discusses the importance of finding meaning in your Jiu-Jitsu journey. Follow Joe on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bjj_meditations/ Listen to the BJJ Meditations Podcast: https://www.bjjmeditations.com/podcast Subscribe to BJJ Meditations on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@bjjmeditations3786 Visit the BJJ Meditations website: https://www.bjjmeditations.com/ Resources discussed in this episode: The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin: https://www.joshwaitzkin.com/the-art-of-learning Awakening from the Meaning Crisis, by John Vervaeke: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLND1JCRq8Vuh3f0P5qjrSdb5eC1ZfZwWJ Mental models discussed in this episode: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-your-identity-small/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/prioritize-longevity/ https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-it-playful/ Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you'll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are joining our community, downloading our strategy courseware, and working with us to optimize your game. We do all this through memberships that come in at a fraction of the cost of a single private. Sign up here for a free trial: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ Need more BJJ Mental Models? Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our newsletter: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/ Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/ Follow us on social: https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/ https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ Music by Enterprize: https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

Duration:00:58:31