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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. 191: Old Bastard Jiu-Jitsu, feat. Mike Mahaffey

    Ep. 191: Old Bastard Jiu-Jitsu, feat. Mike Mahaffey

    This week we're joined by Mike Mahaffey!  Mike is a black belt under Chris Haueter, and is a certified Old Bastard.  In this week's episode, Mike breaks down the tenets to "Old Bastard Jiu-Jitsu": the old-school style where you give them nothing, minimize movement, and crush them with pressure.

    Mike Mahaffey on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/xibalba1972/

    Magic BJJ website:
    https://magicbjj.com/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Path of Least Resistance
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/path-of-least-resistance/

    Economy of Motion
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/economy-of-motion/

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

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

    Controlled Breathing
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/controlled-breathing/

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Shifting Platforms
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/shifting-platforms/

    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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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

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

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 190: Competing After 40, feat. Emily Kwok

    Ep. 190: Competing After 40, feat. Emily Kwok

    This week we're joined again by 3x world champ and Marcelo Garcia black belt, Emily Kwok!  Fresh off winning the 2022 Pans, Emily joins us to talk about what it's like to compete after the age of 40.  A great chat about what competition looks like as you get older, take on more responsibilities, become more concerned about your health, and achieve a broader life perspective.

    Emily's website:
    https://emilykwok.com/

    Emily’s Instagram:
    https://instagram.com/emilykwokbjj/

    Emily's podcast, The Master & The Apprentice:
    https://www.buzzsprout.com/1933788


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Keep it Playful
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-it-playful/

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

    Keep Your Identity Small
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-your-identity-small/

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

    Mindfulness
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/mindfulness/

    Short-term/Long-term Paradox
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/short-term-long-term-paradox/

    Abundance Mindset
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/abundance-mindset/

    Loss Aversion
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/loss-aversion/

    Defensive Thinking
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/defensive-thinking/

    Solid Foundation, Flexible Perimeter
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/solid-foundation-flexible-perimeter/

    Psychological Safety
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/psychological-safety/

    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://premium.bjjmentalmodels.com/


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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/newsletter/

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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

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    https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/
    https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/

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

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 189: The Business of BJJ, feat. Sonia Sillan

    Ep. 189: The Business of BJJ, feat. Sonia Sillan

    This week we're joined by Sonia Sillan!  Sonia is a black belt under Hannette Staack and is the owner of Combat Arts Academy of Seattle.  In this episode, Sonia shares her honest advice on how to build a BJJ business.  Topics include financing, business partners, affiliations, customer onboarding, customer contracts, trial classes, class safety, and volunteers vs. employees.

    Sonia's Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/soniasillan/

    Combat Arts Academy Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/combatartsacademy/

    Combat Arts Academy website:
    https://caaseattle.com/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Psychological Safety
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/psychological-safety/

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

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

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

    Abundance Mindset
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/abundance-mindset/

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

    Loss Aversion
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/loss-aversion/

    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://premium.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/

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    https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/
    https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/

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

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 188: Position Series: Knee Shield, feat. Malachy Friedman

    Ep. 188: Position Series: Knee Shield, feat. Malachy Friedman

    This week we're joined again by Malachy Friedman!  Malachy breaks down mental models for the knee shield half guard.

    Get Malachy's knee shield instructionals on Jiu Jitsu X:
    https://jiujitsux.com/profile/malachyf/

    Malachy's Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/malachyfriedman/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Controlling the Distance
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/controlling-the-distance/

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

    Funneling
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/funneling/

    Solid Foundation, Flexible Perimeter
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/solid-foundation-flexible-perimeter/

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

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

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

    Dominant Angles
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/dominant-angles/

    Placeholders
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/placeholders/

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

    Waypoints
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/waypoints/

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

    Committed Techniques
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/committed-techniques/

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

    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://premium.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 11 min
    Ep. 187: Range of Motion, feat. Ryan Hurst

    Ep. 187: Range of Motion, feat. Ryan Hurst

    This week we're joined by Ryan Hurst!  Ryan is the head coach at GMB Fitness, the creators of the popular Elements program for strength & flexibility.  In this episode, Ryan introduces GMB's concepts for expanding your range of motion, shares tips on injury prevention, and explains why most BJJ warmups are suboptimal.

    GMB on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/c/GMBFitnessSkills

    GMB's Website:
    https://gmb.io/

    GMB on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/gmbfitness/

    Contact GMB:
    info@gmb.io


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Prevention Over Cure
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/prevention-over-cure/

    Core Mechanics
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/core-mechanics/

    Solid Frames
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/solid-frames/

    Keep it Playful
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-it-playful/

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

    Intention
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/intention/

    Goodhart’s Law
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/goodharts-law/

    Consistency
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/

    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://premium.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/

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    https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/
    https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/

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

    • 59 min
    Ep. 186: Unorthodoxy & Innovation, feat. Micah Brakefield

    Ep. 186: Unorthodoxy & Innovation, feat. Micah Brakefield

    This week we're joined by Micah Brakefield!  Micah holds dual BJJ black belts under Don Whitefield and Nabil Salameh, and is the head coach at 10th Planet Etobicoke.  Micah joins us to discuss the importance of unorthodoxy and creativity in Jiu-Jitsu.

    Micah's Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/micahbrakefield/

    Micah’s Twitter:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/micahbrakefield/

    Train with Micah at 10th Planet Etobicoke:
    https://10thplanetetobicoke.com/


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

    Idea Communism
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/idea-communism/

    Beginner's Mind
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/beginners-mind/

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

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

    Short-term/Long-term Paradox
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/short-term-long-term-paradox/

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

    Mindfulness
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/mindfulness/

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

    Keep It Playful
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-it-playful/

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

    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://premium.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/
    https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/

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

    • 1 hr 1 min

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