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Explore the conceptual side of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Black belt brothers Steve & Matt Kwan discuss the mental models, or universal principles, behind the gentle art.

BJJ Mental Models Steve & Matt Kwan

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Explore the conceptual side of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Black belt brothers Steve & Matt Kwan discuss the mental models, or universal principles, behind the gentle art.

    Ep. 125: Timeless Jiu-Jitsu, feat. Rafael Lovato Jr.

    Ep. 125: Timeless Jiu-Jitsu, feat. Rafael Lovato Jr.

    This week, we're joined by the living legend, Rafael Lovato Jr.!  Rafael introduces his philosophy of Timeless Jiu-Jitsu, which he used to become one of the greatest champions of his generation.

    Rafael talks about being a forever student, teaching to learn, finding your why, leading from the front, competition, finding mentors, positivity, mindfulness, and investing in yourself.

    NOTE: Apologies for the background noise in this episode.  We tried to clean it up.

    Lovato’s Timeless Jiu-Jitsu Group on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/timelessjj

    The official Timeless Jiu-Jitsu website:
    https://www.timelessjiujitsu.com/

    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Beginner's Mind
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/beginners-mind/

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

    Teach to Learn
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/teach-to-learn/

    First Principles
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/first-principles/

    Prioritize Longevity
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/prioritize-longevity/

    Transfer of Learning
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/transfer-of-learning/

    Consistency
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/

    Mindfulness
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/mindfulness/

    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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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/

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    Music by Enterprize:
    https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

    • 56 min
    Ep. 124: Ratchet Control, feat. Matt Kwan

    Ep. 124: Ratchet Control, feat. Matt Kwan

    This week, Matt and Steve talk about ratchet control: a powerful mental model for using limb rotation to break alignment.

    There are two directions of ratchet control:
    Internal rotation: Kimuras, heel hooks, reapsExternal rotation: Americanas, knee flares.While both are effective, internal rotation normally breaks alignment more than external rotation.  Internal rotation also offers a path to the back.

    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Ratchet Control
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ratchet-control/

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

    Breaking Mechanics
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/breaking-mechanics/

    Inside Channel Control
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/

    Limb Coiling
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/limb-coiling/

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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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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/

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    https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/

    Music by Enterprize:
    https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 123: Injury Rehab, feat. Mike "Doctor Kickass" Piekarski

    Ep. 123: Injury Rehab, feat. Mike "Doctor Kickass" Piekarski

    This week, we're joined by Mike "Doctor Kickass" Piekarski!  Mike is a black belt and Doctor of Physical Therapy.  We discuss tactics for injury rehab and dispel some of the common myths.

    Check out Mike Piekarski at http://doctorkickass.com/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Stress and Recovery
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/stress-and-recovery/

    Limb Coiling
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/limb-coiling/

    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.

    Our premium offerings are powered by Patreon.  Sign up here:
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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/

    Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

    Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/

    Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:
    https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/

    Music by Enterprize:
    https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

    • 1 hr
    Ep. 122: The 80/20 Rule, feat. Marcus Aurelius Anderson

    Ep. 122: The 80/20 Rule, feat. Marcus Aurelius Anderson

    This week, we're joined by Marcus Aurelius Anderson!  Marcus is a performance coach, TEDx speaker, and bestselling author of "The Gift of Adversity."  He joins us to discuss the 80/20 Rule, also known as the Pareto principle, and how its rigorous application can focus and change your life.

    In this episode, Marcus suggests these three steps for clarifying your priorities:
    Create a "power list" of 2-3 objectives for the day.Ask yourself: is what I’m doing right now getting me closer or further away from my goal?Be present and intentional.
    Check out Marcus' book, TEDx talk, and podcast at:
    https://www.marcusaureliusanderson.com/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    80/20 Rule
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/80-20-rule/

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

    Funneling
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/funneling/

    Path of Least Resistance
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/path-of-least-resistance/

    Stress and Recovery
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/stress-and-recovery/

    Mindfulness
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/mindfulness/

    Dictate the Pace
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/dictate-the-pace/

    Systematic Abandonment
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/systematic-abandonment/

    Teach to Learn
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/teach-to-learn/

    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.

    Our premium offerings are powered by Patreon.  Sign up here:
    https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/


    Need more BJJ Mental Models?

    Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/

    Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

    Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/

    Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:
    https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/

    Music by Enterprize:
    https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

    • 58 min
    Ep. 121: Kegan's Theory of Adult Development, feat. David Zeitler

    Ep. 121: Kegan's Theory of Adult Development, feat. David Zeitler

    This week, Steve is joined by psychotherapist and executive coach David Zeitler.  David explains his process for coaching as he learned under Robert Kegan.  We discuss Robert Kegan's framework for adult development, the self-authoring mindset, world-class performance, what makes someone coachable, what makes a good coach, resistance to help, the difference between coaches/mentors/advisors, and finding a coach.

    David Zeitler's website:
    Zeitler Executive Dynamix
    https://mindfulness.coach/

    David's book recommendation:
    In Over Our Heads, by Robert Kegan
    https://www.amazon.com/Over-Our-Heads-Mental-Demands/dp/0674445880

    David's recommendation for finding coaches like him:
    Minds at Work: Change Leadership Coaching for Immunity to Change
    https://mindsatwork.com/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Systematic Abandonment
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/systematic-abandonment/

    Feedback Loop
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/feedback-loop/

    Investing in Loss
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/investing-in-loss/

    Flow
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/flow/

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

    Shuhari
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/shuhari/

    First Principles
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/first-principles/

    The Golden Rule
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/golden-rule/

    Respect People, Not Positions
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/respect-people-not-positions/

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

    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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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/

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    Music by Enterprize:
    https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 120: Art x Jiu-Jitsu, feat. Dominyka Obelenyte

    Ep. 120: Art x Jiu-Jitsu, feat. Dominyka Obelenyte

    This week, Steve is joined by Dominyka "Dom" Obelenyte!  On that mats, Dom is a 4x BJJ world champion...but off the mats, she's also an accomplished artist.  Together, we explore the "art" component of the gentle art.  Dom helps us understand the definition of art, being uniquely who you are, building your professional skillset, goal setting, assigning value to the subjective, and finding your target audience.

    Dom's BJJ website:
    http://dominykao.com/

    Dom's artist website:
    https://dominyka-art.com/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Levels of Competition
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/levels-of-competition/

    Return on Investment
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/return-on-investment/

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

    Windows of Opportunity
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/windows-of-opportunity/

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

    Race to the Bottom
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/race-to-the-bottom/

    Flow
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/flow/

    Keep it Playful
    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.

    Our premium offerings are powered by Patreon.  Sign up here:
    https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/


    Need more BJJ Mental Models?

    Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/

    Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

    Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/

    Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:
    https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/

    Music by Enterprize:
    https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

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!

Ken Postnikoff ,

Exellent Podcast on Underserved Jiu Jitsu Topics!

Matt and Steve dive deep into topics not usually covered by Jiu Jitsu Podcasts or interviews; their discussions of concepts, learning/teaching methodologies, and overal mental models is almost like learning Jiu Jitsu all over again in a whole new way!

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