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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 • 188 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. 260: Ecological Dynamics for Pragmatists, feat. Scott Sievewright

    Ep. 260: Ecological Dynamics for Pragmatists, feat. Scott Sievewright

    This week we're joined by Scott Sievewright!  Scott is the head coach at Primal MKE in Milwaukee and the host of the Primal MMA Coaching Podcast.  In this episode, Scott shares his pragmatic take on ecological dynamics for beginners and coaches alike.

    It's a great gentle introduction to eco, covering topics such as: how eco differs from traditional methods, the importance of making mistakes, and why we shouldn't be afraid of developing bad habits.

    Follow Scott and Primal MKE on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/primal_mke/

    Listen to Scott on the Primal MMA Coaching podcast:
    https://theprimalmmacoachingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Ecological Psychology
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ecological-psychology/

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

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

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

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

    Self-Organization
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/self-organization/

    Intention
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/intention/

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

    Constraints-Led Approach
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/constraints-led-approach/

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

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

    Training Handicaps
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/training-handicaps/

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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 13 min
    Ep. 259: Training with Giants, feat. Dorothy Dao

    Ep. 259: Training with Giants, feat. Dorothy Dao

    This week we're joined by Dorothy Dao!  Dorothy is a competition black belt now training under the Mendes brothers out of AOJ in Costa Mesa, California.  Previously Dorothy had trained mostly with larger partners, but at AOJ she's found an elite competition team within her own weight class.  In this episode, Dorothy shares how she's found success training with both much larger partners and also competitive athletes her own size.

    Follow Dorothy on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/not_dorothydao

    Learn more about the Better Fight Fellowship:
    https://www.betterfight.org/

    Follow the Better Fight Fellowship on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/betterfightfellowship


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Limb Coiling
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/limb-coiling/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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/

    • 59 min
    Ep. 258: Self-Organization, feat. Lachlan Giles

    Ep. 258: Self-Organization, feat. Lachlan Giles

    This week we're joined again by Lachlan Giles!  In this episode, Lachlan talks about the philosophy of self-organization, where students take ownership of their own learning journey.  We also touch on use cases for Lachlan's amazing platform SUBMETA and his thoughts on ecological dynamics in BJJ.

    Learn with Lachlan on SUBMETA:
    https://submeta.io/

    Follow Lachlan on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/lachlan_giles/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Self-Organization
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/self-organization/

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

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

    Constraints-Led Approach
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/constraints-led-approach/

    Raise the Level in the Room
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/raise-the-level-in-the-room/

    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/database/

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    Music by Enterprize:
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    • 53 min
    Ep. 257: Mindset for Betas, feat. Rob Biernacki

    Ep. 257: Mindset for Betas, feat. Rob Biernacki

    This week we're joined again by Rob Biernacki!  Rob is fresh off an amazing performance at ADCC Open Canada 2023, where he won gold in the Masters division and Island Top Team took the #1 overall adult team rating.  What makes this so impressive is that in addition to being a small team, they're also mostly hobbyists.

    In this episode, Rob breaks down his competition mindset: a rejection of the "alpha" tropes we see all over social media.  Rob's approach is about trusting in your training, being comfortable with the work done, yielding to the possibility of loss, and identifying as perseverant.

    Follow Rob on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/islandtopteam/

    Join Rob's online academy, BJJ Concepts:
    https://bjjconcepts.net/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Keep Your Identity Small
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-your-identity-small/

    Cognitive Dissonance
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/cognitive-dissonance/

    Kaizen
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/kaizen/

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

    Raise the Level in the Room
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/raise-the-level-in-the-room/

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

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

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

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

    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.

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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/


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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

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

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 256: Rolling Back Takes, feat. Stephan Kesting

    Ep. 256: Rolling Back Takes, feat. Stephan Kesting

    This week we're joined again by Stephan Kesting!  In this episode, the legendary Grapplearts instructor breaks down key concepts from his latest instructional, Rolling Backtakes for Everyone.

    Follow Stephan on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/stephan_kesting/

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    The Dope Mount, The Easiest Way to Get to the Mount —Stephan Kesting
    https://youtu.be/hhZx5ZFhSQw

    Rolling Backtakes for Everyone, by Stephan Kesting
    https://www.grapplearts.com/rolling-backtakes-for-everyone/


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

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

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

    Asymmetric Warfare
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/asymmetric-warfare/

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

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

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

    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.

    Sign up here for a free trial:
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/


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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

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    Music by Enterprize:
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 255: Blending Judo/Wrestling/BJJ, feat. Chris Wojcik

    Ep. 255: Blending Judo/Wrestling/BJJ, feat. Chris Wojcik

    This week we're joined by Chris Wojcik!  Chris is a black belt under Jeff Serafin, an accomplished competitor, and the writer of the popular BJJ newsletter The Grappler's Diary.

    In this episode, Chris talks about the evolving standup game in competition Jiu-Jitsu, involving a hybrid of wrestling, Judo, and BJJ.

    Subscribe to the Grappler's Diary on Substack:
    https://chrismwojcik.substack.com/

    Get Chris' free ebook:
    https://christophermwojcik.com/learn-bjj-faster/

    Follow Chris on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/chrismwojcik/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Committed Techniques
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/committed-techniques/

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

    Mask Your Intentions
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/mask-your-intentions/

    Kuzushi
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/kuzushi/

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

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

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

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

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

    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:
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    • 1 hr 2 min

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