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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.

BJJ Mental Models Steve Kwan

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    • 4.9 • 46 Ratings

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.

    Ep. 179: Hybrid Reverse Classrooms, feat. Lachlan Giles

    Ep. 179: Hybrid Reverse Classrooms, feat. Lachlan Giles

    This week we're joined again by Lachlan Giles!  Lachlan introduces the hybrid reverse classroom model that he uses for his online Jiu-Jitsu instructional platform, SUBMETA.

    Sign up for SUBMETA here:
    https://submeta.io/want


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Double Down on Strengths
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/double-down-on-strengths/

    Funneling
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/funneling/

    Technique Chaining
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/technique-chaining/

    Incremental Learning
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/incremental-learning/

    Cognitive Load
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/cognitive-load/

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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

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    • 58 min
    Ep. 178: Redefining High Percentage, feat. Robert Degle

    Ep. 178: Redefining High Percentage, feat. Robert Degle

    This week we're joined again by Robert Degle!  Robert joins us for a thought piece where we question one of the biggest assumptions in Jiu-Jitsu: what does it mean for a technique to be "high percentage?"  And are we defining this correctly?

    Robert Degle's Linktree:
    https://linktr.ee/RobertDegleBJJ


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Do What Works
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/do-what-works/

    Win Conditions
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/win-conditions/

    Resulting Fallacy
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/resulting/

    Probabilistic Thinking
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/probabilistic-thinking/

    Habits Over Results
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/habits-over-results/

    Train With Purpose
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/train-with-purpose/

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 177: Submission Series: The Arm Triangle, feat. Seph Smith

    Ep. 177: Submission Series: The Arm Triangle, feat. Seph Smith

    This week we're joined by Seph Smith!  Seph is a black belt under Ryan Hall and is the head instructor at Upstream BJJ.  Seph joins us to talk about the concepts behind one of his favorite submissions: the arm triangle.

    Seph's Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/sephwillkillyou/

    Seph's email:
    sephsmithbjj@gmail.com

    Arm Triangle Details with Seph Smith:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCOXwqVePsY

    Ryan Hall Online:
    https://ryanhallonline.com/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Single vs. Double Lever Control
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/single-vs-double-lever-control/

    Choking Mechanics
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/choking-mechanics/

    Position Over Submission
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/position-over-submission/

    Center of Gravity
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/center-of-gravity/

    Theory of Alignment
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/theory-of-alignment/

    Surface Area
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/surface-area/

    Predictable Responses
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/predictable-responses/

    Defend With Purpose
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/defend-with-purpose/

    Crossing the Center
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/crossing-the-center/

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    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.

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    • 51 min
    Ep. 176: Nutrition for BJJ, feat. Dr. Matteo Capodaglio

    Ep. 176: Nutrition for BJJ, feat. Dr. Matteo Capodaglio

    This week we're joined by Dr. Matteo Capodaglio!  Matteo is the founder of Capo Nutrition, and is the "nutritionist to the stars" for BJJ athletes such as Mikey Musumeci and Margot Ciccarelli.  In this episode, Matteo provides a brief primer on nutrition for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as well as some mythbusting on common nutrition misconceptions.

    Matteo’s Linktree:
    https://linktr.ee/drcapodaglio


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Consistency
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/

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    • 53 min
    Ep. 175: Submission Series: The Guillotine, feat. "The Raspberry Ape" Daniel Strauss

    Ep. 175: Submission Series: The Guillotine, feat. "The Raspberry Ape" Daniel Strauss

    This week, we're joined by "The Raspberry Ape," Daniel Strauss!  Daniel is a black belt under Roger Gracie and is the host of The Raspberry Ape Podcast.  In this episode, Daniel breaks down the concepts behind one of his favorite submissions, and arguably one of the best overall submissions in all of Jiu-Jitsu: the guillotine choke.

    Daniel's Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/raspberry_ape/

    Daniel's website:
    https://raspberryape.com/

    The Raspberry Ape Podcast:
    https://soundcloud.com/theraspberryapepodcast/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Predictable Responses
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/predictable-responses/

    Position Over Submission
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/position-over-submission/

    Myopia
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/myopia/

    Probabilistic Thinking
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/probabilistic-thinking/

    Single vs. Double Lever Control
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/single-vs-double-lever-control/

    Choking Mechanics
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/choking-mechanics/

    Technique Chaining
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/technique-chaining/

    Critical Control Points
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/critical-control-points/

    Surface Area
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/surface-area/

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    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.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 174: Structuring a Curriculum, feat. Nick Purler

    Ep. 174: Structuring a Curriculum, feat. Nick Purler

    This week we're joined by Nick Purler!  Nick is the head coach at Purler Wrestling Academy.  In this episode, Nick brings his wealth of wrestling and coaching knowledge to the podcast, discussing topics such as: structuring a curriculum, cultivating a gameplan, the coach/student relationship, and introducing wrestling into your BJJ game.

    Purler Wrestling's Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/purlerwrestling/

    Purler Wrestling Academy:
    https://purlerwrestling.com/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Predictable Responses
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/predictable-responses/

    Tokui Waza
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/tokui-waza/

    80/20 Rule
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/80-20-rule/

    Funneling
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/funneling/

    Double Down on Strengths
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/double-down-on-strengths/

    Table Selection
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/table-selection/

    Growth From Discomfort
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/growth-from-discomfort/

    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.

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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

AdamMorden ,

Great Podcast and even better premium community

The podcast is fantastic. All types of episodes depending on your particular interest from technical skills, to pedagogy, to running a business, to interpersonal and communication issues and more. I can not recommend it enough. And there is 10x more value in the premium offering - if you love BJJ you’ve got to check it out.

Falkofire ,

Great deep dive into the inner workings of JiuJitsu

Bravo guys

Really enjoying the podcast. I’m local so I get all the references, and I’m a black belt so I understand when things get into the weeds a bit. Great production value, useful information and excellent delivery of sometimes very confusing subjects that can be difficult to articulate. Keep it up!

jessegraham004 ,

New outlook on jiu jitsu

This podcast is hands down the best bjj podcast I’ve listened to. Matt and Steve talk about bjj in a way that I’ve yet to hear before. I’ve gotten answers to questions I didn’t know how to ask and from this, I have fixed holes in my game that I didn’t previously understand.

There scientific approach to the game of jiu jitsu has added an entirely new way for me to understand the positions , transitions, movements and submissions of jiu jitsu.

I highly recommend anyone listen to this podcast if they want to accelerate there progression though art of bjj

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