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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

    • Sports
    • 4.9 • 165 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. 216: How Instructors Learn, feat. Taylor Biagi

    Ep. 216: How Instructors Learn, feat. Taylor Biagi

    This week we're joined by Taylor Biagi!  Taylor is the founder and head instructor at Taylor Biagi Jiu Jitsu in Chicago.  In this episode, Steve and Taylor talk about how instructors learn, and how their learning journey is different from that of a student.

    Follow Taylor on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/taylorbiagibjj/

    Taylor's website:
    https://taylorbiagijiujitsu.com/

    Taylor's email:
    info@taylorbiagijiujitsu.com


    Resources referenced in this podcast:

    The Danaher Diaries, by Heroes of the Art
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087MD1M33

    Ep. 214: Mental Performance Coaching, feat. Justin Su'a
    https://bjj.plus/214

    Ep. 207: The Kaboom Kids BJJ Framework, feat. Kabir Bath
    https://bjj.plus/207


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Raise the Level in the Room
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/raise-the-level-in-the-room/

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

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

    Naming Concepts
    https://www.bjjmentalmodels.com/naming-concepts/

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

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

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

    Growth Mindset
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/growth-mindset/

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

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

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    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/

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

    • 53 min
    Ep. 215: Incentives & Triggers, feat. Jorgen Matsi

    Ep. 215: Incentives & Triggers, feat. Jorgen Matsi

    This week we're joined by Jorgen Matsi!  Jorgen is an Estonian BJJ black belt with a background in sports psychology.  In this episode, Jorgen explains how coaches and students can use incentive systems and triggers to direct skill development.

    Book referenced in this episode:
    Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes, by Jeffrey J. Huber
    https://amzn.to/3H6ZsUU

    Watch Jorgen teach on BJJ Globetrotters in Action:
    https://bit.ly/3ZIm1q4

    Follow Jorgen on social media:
    https://www.instagram.com/jorgenmatsi/
    https://www.facebook.com/jorgenmatsi/
    https://twitter.com/jorgenmatsi

    Jorgen's gym in Estonia, Spordiklubi Võimla:
    https://voimla.ee/


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

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

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

    Inversion
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/inversion/

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

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

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

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

    Consistency
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/

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

    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/

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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 12 min
    Ep. 214: Mental Performance Coaching, feat. Justin Su'a

    Ep. 214: Mental Performance Coaching, feat. Justin Su'a

    This week we're joined by Justin Su'a!  Justin is the Head of Mental Performance with the Tampa Bay Rays.  In this episode, Justin draws on his world-class experience to discuss how coaches can help their athletes achieve peak performance.

    Follow Justin on social media:
    https://www.instagram.com/justinsua/
    https://twitter.com/Justinsua
    https://www.facebook.com/justin.sua/

    Books discussed in this episode:

    Mindset, by Carol Dweck
    https://amzn.to/3IJEXyE

    Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    https://amzn.to/3W8v8xs

    The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin
    https://amzn.to/3XilAkq


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

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

    Consistency
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/

    Growth Mindset
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/growth-mindset/

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

    Mindfulness
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/mindfulness/

    Flow
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/flow/

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

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

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

    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/


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    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/

    • 59 min
    Ep. 213: The Pitfalls of Perfectionism, feat. Lyzz "Daemonette" Mitrovic

    Ep. 213: The Pitfalls of Perfectionism, feat. Lyzz "Daemonette" Mitrovic

    This week we're joined by Lyzz "Daemonette" Mitrovic!  Fresh off winning gold in black belt masters at the 2022 IBJJF Worlds, Lyzz joins us to talk about something she (and all of us, really) battle with: perfectionism.

    Follow Lyzz on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/ms_daemonette/

    Follow Lyzz on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/ekfoster


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Consistency
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/

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

    Scientific Method
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/scientific-method/

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

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

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

    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 8 min
    Ep. 212: Scrambles & Safety, feat. Jordan Preisinger

    Ep. 212: Scrambles & Safety, feat. Jordan Preisinger

    This week we’re joined by Jordan Preisinger!  Jordan is a BJJ black belt best known for his YouTube channel, Jordan Teaches Jiujitsu.  In this episode, Jordan shares his thoughts on scrambles, and how to do them safely.

    Subscribe to Jordan Teaches Jiujitsu on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/c/JordanTeachesJiujitsu

    Listen to Jordan's podcast, Talk-Jitsu:
    https://www.buzzsprout.com/1992689

    Follow Jordan on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/jordanteachesjiujitsu/


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Consistency
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/

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

    Microtransitions
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/microtransitions/

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

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

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

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

    Making Smaller Circles
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/making-smaller-circles/

    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
    Ep. 211: BJJ for LEOs, feat. Adam Haidary

    Ep. 211: BJJ for LEOs, feat. Adam Haidary

    This week we’re joined by Adam Haidary!  Adam is the co-founder of Effective Fitness Combatives and the creator of the popular Instagram account PolicePosts.  In this episode, Adam shares how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be integrated with law enforcement officer (LEO) training.

    Effective Fitness Combatives website:
    https://www.efcombatives.com/

    Effective Fitness Combatives on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/efcombatives

    PolicePosts on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/policeposts

    Effective Fitness Combatives app:
    https://www.efcombatives.com/app


    Mental models discussed in this episode:
    Theory of Alignment:
    https://bjjmentalmodels.com/theory-of-alignment/

    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/

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
165 Ratings

165 Ratings

Freehatch ,

Best BJJ podcast out there

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

NachoTrader ,

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.

aland74 ,

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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