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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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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. 273: Position as Submission, feat. Sebastian Brosche

    Ep. 273: Position as Submission, feat. Sebastian Brosche

    This week we're joined by black belt and Yoga for BJJ founder Sebastian Brosche!  Sebastian joins us to break down one of our favorite strategies: position as submission.  The meta is increasingly evolving to appreciate the importance of submission-level pressure.  In this episode, we explain why that is and how to do it.

    Follow Sebastian on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/yogaforbjj

    Subscribe to Yoga for BJJ on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/yogaforbjj

    Join Yoga for BJJ:
    https://yogaforbjj.net/join_us

    Become a Yoga for BJJ instructor:
    https://yogaforbjj.teachable.com/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Controlled Breathing
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/controlled-breathing/

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

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

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

    Pattern Interrupts
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/pattern-interrupts/

    Static vs. Dynamic Control
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/static-vs-dynamic-control/

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

    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/


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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/

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

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

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 272: Common Jiu-Jitsu Mistakes, feat. Matt Kwan

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

    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:
    Staying Loose
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/staying-loose/

    Constant and Variable Tension
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/constant-and-variable-tension/

    Force Compression
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/force-compression/

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

    Controlling the Distance
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/controlling-the-distance/

    Seated vs. Supine Guards
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/seated-vs-supine-guards/

    Layers of Guard
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/layers-of-guard/

    Grips Dictate Position
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/grips-dictate-position/

    Phases of Passing
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/phases-of-passing/

    Do What Works
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/do-what-works/

    Feedback Loop
    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/

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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

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

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep. 271: High-Functioning Anxiety in BJJ, feat. Kristina Barlaan

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

    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:
    Resulting Fallacy
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/resulting/
     Psychological Safety
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/psychological-safety/

    Stress and Recovery
    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/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 270: The 3 Joint Rule, feat. Jeff Shaw

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

    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:
    3 Joint Rule
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/3-joint-rule/

    Concepts Over Techniques
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/concepts-over-techniques/

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

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

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

    Grips Dictate Position
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/grips-dictate-position/

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

    Elbow-Knee Connection
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/elbow-knee-connection/

    Double Trouble
    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/

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep. 269: Position Series: The Honey Badger, feat. Josh "Kintanon" Wentworth

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

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

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

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

    Elbow-Knee Connection
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/elbow-knee-connection/

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

    Leading Edges
    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/

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 268: When to Optimize, feat. Edwin "Junny" Ocasio

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

    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:
    Consistency
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/

    Diminishing Returns
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/diminishing-returns/

    Concepts Over Techniques
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/concepts-over-techniques/

    Ecological Psychology
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ecological-psychology/

    Do What Works
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/do-what-works/

    Shuhari
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/shuhari/

    Funneling
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/funneling/

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

    You Are What You Train
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/you-are-what-you-train/

    Self-Competition
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/self-competition/

    Intention
    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/

    • 1 hr 7 min

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