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The Martial Brain Podcast explores the intersection between the martial arts, scientific skepticism, critical thinking, and that wacky organ that floats between our ears. It is part of Jeff Westfall's effort to help lift the martial arts out of the quagmire of hundreds of years of magical thinking and misconception.

The Martial Brain Podcast explores the intersection between the martial arts, scientific skepticism, critical thinking, and that wacky organ that floats between our ears. It is part of Jeff Westfall's effort to help lift the martial arts out of the quagmire of hundreds of years of magical thinking and misconception.
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The Martial Brain Podcast explores the intersection between the martial arts, scientific skepticism, critical thinking, and that wacky organ that floats between our ears. It is part of Jeff Westfall's effort to help lift the martial arts out of the quagmire of hundreds of years of magical thinking and misconception.

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English


Episodes

178 An American Muay Thai Tale Part 1

10/15/2018
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When Ajarn Chai was very young his father introduced him to the owner of the Muay Thai camp, who took a liking to him.

Duration:00:15:36

177 Come At Me, Bro!

9/30/2018
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Such techniques take the bizarre and sometimes awkward pre-fight interval and turn it into a moment for you to calmly prepare for whatever may come.

Duration:00:14:15

176 Honor Thy Adversary

9/23/2018
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What being respectful and courteous while still marshaling a good argument shows is that you've learned to act like a grown-up.

Duration:00:14:08

175 Weird Tales of the Rising Phoenix Martial Arts Academy

9/19/2018
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An unforeseen side effect of opening a commercial martial arts academy is that it seems that SOME people interpret this act as an invitation to come in and either irritate or freak you out with their bizarre ideas and questions about the martial arts.

Duration:00:09:50

174 The Evolution of the Martial Human

9/11/2018
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Over time it became mathematically more likely that a human would fight to defend himself against another HUMAN than against an animal.

Duration:00:20:25

173 Drop and Give Me Fifty

9/2/2018
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While on the one hand an instructor of the martial arts is a classic example of an authority figure, on the other hand if this instructor owns a COMMERCIAL academy, he or she is engaged in an endeavor where "the customer is always right!"

Duration:00:08:01

172 Enjoy Your Self!

8/27/2018
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Your body is the spaceship that transports your brain on its lifelong voyage through a small part of the universe.

Duration:00:13:56

171 Three Dimensional Striking

8/19/2018
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I became quite adept at scuttling rapidly across the ground; sometimes evading, sometimes attacking, sometimes simply chasing my opponent around the sparring area; often flowing back and forth from standing to the ground and back to standing as I did so.

Duration:00:13:59

170 Letting Go

8/12/2018
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When even the slightest whiff of bad feelings between a martial arts instructor and his top student is perceived, some of the other students will immediately begin the process of becoming "henchmen" of each of them.

Duration:00:11:56

169 The “Ugly American” Martial Artist

8/6/2018
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For most Americans, there is no strong financial, academic, or political incentive to learn other languages, or to otherwise educate ourselves about other cultures.

Duration:00:12:20

168 Momentum, the Dead Angle, and Filipino Triangles

7/29/2018
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The "dead angle" is most relevant when you, or more precisely your center of mass, is NOT traveling at a high rate of speed.

Duration:00:13:22

167 Vulcans, Klingons, Muses, and the Martial Arts

7/22/2018
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A large part of the significant breakthroughs in every area of science and technology were accomplished when creative thinking spurred "eureka moments."

Duration:00:14:27

166 Moving in the Moment

7/9/2018
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I assert that the problem with finding the motivation to exercise is not that we dread MOVING, but that we dread STARTING to move.

Duration:00:17:38

165 Crystal Spheres and Reticles

7/2/2018
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If YOU walk around looking at your environment as a collection of potential targets to strike, you are either a PSYCHOPATH or you are experiencing perfectly healthy paranoid fantasies typical for a trained martial athlete that is ALSO an animal whose genetic forbears were similarly targeted by predators.

Duration:00:14:08

164 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock

6/26/2018
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Closing to the clinch negates long range striking, throwing or dragging your opponent to the ground negates the clinch game, standing up from ground grappling leaves the opponent on the ground where your standing mobility is an advantage.

Duration:00:07:36

163 The Mass Combat Dilemma

6/18/2018
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A single defender against multiple attackers is only ONE of the many possible scenarios that we should consider when discussing mass combat.

Duration:00:13:32

162 Weird Tales of the Rising Phoenix Martial Arts Academy Part 5

6/10/2018
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A dark figure, also in ninja garb, dropped out of the rafters and then, of course, did a few obligatory shoulder rolls, as you might expect from any self-respecting ninja.

Duration:00:15:25

161 Didn’t History ALREADY Happen? Part 6

6/3/2018
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Without studying and appreciating the value of history there is no institutional memory of past successes and failures from which to gain wisdom. The exercise of wisdom REQUIRES knowledge of history.

Duration:00:15:50

160 Didn’t History ALREADY Happen? Part 5

5/20/2018
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This is an Earth-shaking discovery! Why wasn't it headline news? Oh, yeah..., I forgot. Most people couldn't care less about history.

Duration:00:11:27

159 Didn’t History ALREADY Happen? Part 4

5/13/2018
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In the last few decades, with the advancement of technology and drawing on huge sample sizes of data, the ability of scientists to read these traces and compare them, one to the other, has grown exponentially.

Duration:00:15:36