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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 • 159 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. 207: The Kaboom Kids BJJ Framework, feat. Kabir Bath

    Ep. 207: The Kaboom Kids BJJ Framework, feat. Kabir Bath

    This week we’re joined by Kabir Bath!  Kabir is a black belt under Rafael Lovato Jr., the Head of International at the Lovato Jiu-Jitsu Association, and the head instructor at Kaboom BJJ.

    Kabir’s gym is best known for its Kaboom Kids BJJ program, with currently over 300 child enrolments and still growing.  In this episode, Kabir shares his framework for building a top-quality kids program that integrates best practices from ecological psychology and business administration.  This episode is a must-listen for Jiu-Jitsu gym owners looking to develop a successful kids program.

    Follow Kabir on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/kabirbath/

    Follow Kaboom Kids on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/kaboomkidsbjj/

    Check out Kaboom BJJ:
    https://kaboombjj.com/

    Check out the Kaboom Kids BJJ business system:
    https://www.kaboomkids.com/


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

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

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

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

    Discipline Equals Freedom
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/discipline-equals-freedom/

    Consistency
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/

    Curse of Knowledge
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/curse-of-knowledge/

    Spaced Repetition
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/spaced-repetition/

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

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

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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/


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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

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

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 206: How We Learn to Move, feat. Dr. Rob Gray

    Ep. 206: How We Learn to Move, feat. Dr. Rob Gray

    This week we’re joined again by Dr. Rob Gray!  Rob is an Associate Professor of Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University, the host of the Perception & Action Podcast, and the author of How We Learn to Move: A Revolution in the Way We Coach & Practice Sports Skills.

    In this episode, Rob provides an introduction to the material covered in How We Learn to Move.  We have a great conversation about ecological dynamics, the constraints-led approach, differential learning, and other advancements in modern coaching methodologies.

    Perception & Action - website & podcast:
    https://perceptionaction.com/

    How We Learn to Move, by Dr. Rob Gray:
    https://amzn.to/3E5tg1o

    Rob’s YouTube channel:
    https://youtube.com/c/RobGrayASU


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

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

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

    Differential Learning
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/differential-learning/

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

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

    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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    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/
    https://instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/

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

    • 59 min
    Ep. 205: Psychological Safety, feat. Tum Emergia

    Ep. 205: Psychological Safety, feat. Tum Emergia

    This week we're joined by Tum Energia!  Thomas Voorn, better known by his nickname Tum Energia, is a BJJ black belt and the founder of Energia Martial Arts.  In this episode, Tum explains the concept of psychological safety: a key tactic for building a culture where your students aren't afraid to show vulnerability and ask questions.

    Follow Tum on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/tumenergia/

    Subscribe to Tum on YouTube:
    https://youtube.com/c/EnergiaMartialArts

    Check out Energia Fightwear:
    https://energia-martialarts.com/energia-fight-wear/

    Get Tum's instructionals on BJJ Fanatics:
    https://bjjfanatics.com/search?q=tum%20energia


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

    Plus, Minus, Equals
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/plus-minus-equals/

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

    Survivorship Bias
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/survivorship-bias/

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

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

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

    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/

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

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

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep. 204: Coaching With Technology, feat. Matt Kwan & Alex Simoes

    Ep. 204: Coaching With Technology, feat. Matt Kwan & Alex Simoes

    This week we're joined by Brother Matt Kwan and Alex Simoes!  Alex is the CEO of Tekneek, and Brother Matt is Brother Matt.  In this episode, we talk about how recent advances in coaching technology can benefit everyone, from students to coaches.

    Email Alex to create your Tekneek account:
    alex@tekneek.io

    Check out the On Guard BJJ online academy:
    https://onguardbjj.com/p/online-academy


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Feedback Loop
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/feedback-loop/

    Microtransitions
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/microtransitions/

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

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

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

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

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

    Defense Paradox
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/defense-paradox/

    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/

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

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

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep. 203: Evidence-Based Coaching, feat. Greg Souders

    Ep. 203: Evidence-Based Coaching, feat. Greg Souders

    This week we're joined by Greg Souders!  Greg is the head coach at Standard Jiu-Jitsu.  In this episode, Greg explains how we can integrate coaching best practices from other sports into Jiu-Jitsu.

    Email Greg:
    greg@standardjiujitsu.com

    Follow Greg on social:
    https://www.facebook.com/standardjiujitsu
    https://www.instagram.com/standardjiujitsu/

    Train with Greg at Standard Jiu-Jitsu:
    https://standardjiujitsu.com/


    Greg's resource recommendations:

    Introduction to Ecological Psychology, by Julia Blau and Jeffrey Wagman:
    https://amzn.to/3TJRHbk

    The Perception & Action Podcast:
    https://perceptionaction.com/

    How We Learn to Move, Dr. Rob Gray:
    https://amzn.to/3SI8R7V


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Cognitive Load
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/cognitive-load/

    Inversion
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/inversion/

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

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

    Perception-Action Coupling
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/perception-action-coupling/

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

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

    Interleaving
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/interleaving/

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

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

    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/

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

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

    • 53 min
    Ep. 202: Breaking Limits, feat. Amy Campo

    Ep. 202: Breaking Limits, feat. Amy Campo

    This week we’re joined by Amy Campo!  Hot off taking gold at ADCC 2022, Amy joins us to discuss her process for breaking through personal limits.  A great and inspiring conversation on structuring your training camp, maximizing the use of your team, and how to believe in yourself.

    Follow Amy on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/amycampofighter/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Intention
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/intention/

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

    Last Mile Problem
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/last-mile-problem/

    Mental Gatekeeping
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/mental-gatekeeping/

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

    Building Your Triggers
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/building-your-triggers/

    Technique Visualization
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/technique-visualization/

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

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

    Plus Minus Equals
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/plus-minus-equals/

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

    Reflecting “As If”
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/reflecting-as-if/

    Inversion
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/inversion/

    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/

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

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

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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159 Ratings

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Best BJJ podcast out there

Great host. Great guests. Great topics. This should be on any practitioners regular listening list.

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More and Louder

This is really a 6-Star review. When I first came across this podcast, I couldn't believe it. Steve Kwan was not only willing to bring up toxic issues in the jiu-jitsu community but openly discuss them, the underlying problems, along with beneficial resolutions. His guests are well-spoken thought leaders in the sports world and bring insights into the concepts of teaching, learning, enjoying, staying safe, and participating in the world of jiu-jitsu. We need more people like Steve Kwan in the Jiu-Jitsu world. This has quickly turned into my favorite jiu-jitsu podcast and I can't wait to eventually listen to every single episode. Paul Kindzia - author of Master Jiu-Jitsu Master Life.

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Best BJJ Podcast

As a female hobbyist, often times I feel like I am not the target audience of other BJJ podcasts. Steve’s approach to selecting guests and topics is a refreshing take. He is interviewing knowledgeable practitioners, regardless of gender, competition success, world medals, etc. Through the pandemic and my first pregnancy, the podcasts allows me to advance my game despite being off the mat.

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