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Author: Steve & Matt Kwan

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Explore the conceptual side of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Black belt brothers Steve & Matt Kwan discuss the mental models, or universal principles, behind the gentle art.
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What a milestone!  This week, Steve and Matt celebrate 100 episodes of BJJ Mental Models, and share the biggest lessons we've learned so far.  We also discuss cat litter options, feline dietary considerations, and fail hard at pronouncing German names.Mental models discussed in this episode:Investing in Losshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/investing-in-loss/Scientific Methodhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/scientific-method/Surface Areahttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/surface-area/Force Vectorshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/force-vectors/Minimize Attack Vectorshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/minimize-attack-vectors/Asymmetric Warfarehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/asymmetric-warfare/Kaizenhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/kaizen/Train With Purposehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/train-with-purpose/First Principleshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/first-principles/The Map Is Not the Territoryhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/the-map-is-not-the-territory/Incremental Learninghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/incremental-learning/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, Steve and Matt are joined by Lachlan and Livia Giles!  Lachlan and Livia share their world-class wisdom on developing your grappling style, and advise how you can consciously guide the process of style development.Mental models discussed in this episode:Inside Channel Controlhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/Prioritize Longevityhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/prioritize-longevity/Levels of Competitionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/levels-of-competition/Systematic Abandonmenthttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/systematic-abandonment/Investing in Losshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/investing-in-loss/Mask Your Intentionshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/mask-your-intentions/Scientific Methodhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/scientific-method/Train With Purposehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/train-with-purpose/Funnelinghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/funneling/Making Smaller Circleshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/making-smaller-circles/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, Steve and Matt are joined by Robert Degle!  We have a deep conversation around the win conditions of our sport, how they influence our behavior, and why it's important to understand WHY we train Jiu-Jitsu.Mental models discussed in this episode:Win Conditionshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/win-conditions/Cognitive Loadhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/cognitive-load/Flowhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/flow/Mindfulnesshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/mindfulness/Do What Workshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/do-what-works/Incremental Learninghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/incremental-learning/Position Over Submissionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/position-over-submission/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, we're joined by defensive strategist Priit Mihkelson!  Much to Matt's chagrin, Steve and Priit espouse the benefits of turtle and why it's an underappreciated position.  Priit shares some great philosophy on how shoring up your defense can give you the confidence to be more effective in your offense.Priit's tips for turtle:Keep your head on the matUse the boxer shoulder, or "Stephen Hawking" (head tilt)Keep your elbows on your hipsDon't put your elbows on the matProtect your neck with your wrists.Mental models discussed in this episode:Inversionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/inversion/Tipping Pointshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/tipping-points/Dictate the Pacehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/dictate-the-pace/Asymmetric Warfarehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/asymmetric-warfare/Train With Purposehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/train-with-purpose/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, Seb Lavoie joins us again for a second dive into the conflict mindset.  Seb shares his wealth of experience to discuss frequently asked conflict-related questions, such as situational awareness, home invasion preparation.  Seb also shares some incredible stories from his career in the field.Mental models discussed in this episode:Cognitive Loadhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/cognitive-load/Return on Investmenthttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/return-on-investment/Prevention Over Curehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/prevention-over-cure/Win Conditionshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/win-conditions/Controlled Breathinghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/controlled-breathing/Meditative Drilling (AKA Technique Visualization)https://bjjmentalmodels.com/meditative-drilling/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week on the podcast, we're joined once again by Sergeant Major Seb Lavoie.  Seb shares his expertise on the mindset required to manage conflict.  We also discuss a dozen hypotheticals about getting into a scuffle while waiting in line at the bank teller.Seb references two books in this episode:On Combat, by Dave GrossmanOn Killing, by Dave GrossmanMental models discussed in this episode:Mindfulnesshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/mindfulness/Dictate the Pacehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/dictate-the-pace/Habits Over Resultshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/habits-over-results/Meditative Drilling (Technique Visualization)https://bjjmentalmodels.com/meditative-drilling/Train With Purposehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/train-with-purpose/Defensive Thinkinghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/defensive-thinking/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, Steve and Matt are joined by Olympian and Judo legend Travis Stevens.  Travis shares how he developed the kind of champion's mindset required to succeed at the highest levels.Mental models discussed in this episode:Levels of Competitionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/levels-of-competition/Habits Over Resultshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/habits-over-results/Investing in Losshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/investing-in-loss/Dictate the Pacehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/dictate-the-pace/Win Conditionshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/win-conditions/Do What Workshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/do-what-works/Defensive Thinkinghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/defensive-thinking/Mindfulnesshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/mindfulness/Raise the Level in the Roomhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/raise-the-level-in-the-room/Resulting Fallacyhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/resulting/Kaizenhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/kaizen/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, Steve and Matt are joined by Cal McDonald to discuss best practices for educating kids.  In addition to being a black belt under Rob Biernacki, Cal is a specialist in creating educational frameworks for children.  Cal shares his knowledge on the topic in a wonderful conversation with implications well beyond teaching children.  This is one of our favorite conversations ever on the podcast.Learning strategies discussed:Effortful Retrieval: Make them work to pull concepts back out of their memories.Chunking: Manage their cognitive load.Interleaving: Shake it up to force them to recall techniques.Varied Practice: The partner provides variable levels of resistance.Elaboration: Connect things to what they already know.Modeling: Demonstrate flawless technique because they will mirror you.Mental models discussed in this episode:Spaced Repetitionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/spaced-repetition/Cognitive Loadhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/cognitive-load/Incremental Learninghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/incremental-learning/Critical Control Pointshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/critical-control-points/Transfer of Learninghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/transfer-of-learning/Interleavinghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/interleaving/Growth From Discomforthttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/growth-from-discomfort/Position Over Submissionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/position-over-submission/Alignment Over Positionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/alignment-over-position/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, Steve and Matt are joined by Jon Thomas, the legendary black belt and BJJ instructor.  Steve, Matt, and Jon have a spirited discussion about the best way to integrate new techniques into your game.  We also discuss the limitations of principles and how being dogmatic about them can hinder your development.Jon suggests four ways to integrate new techniques:ask your coachwatch an instructionalwatch competition videocreativityMental models discussed in this episode:Beginner's Mindhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/beginners-mind/Investing in Losshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/investing-in-loss/Self-Competitionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/self-competition/Train With Purposehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/train-with-purpose/Interleavinghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/interleaving/Predictable Responseshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/predictable-responses/Do What Workshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/do-what-works/The Map Is Not the Territoryhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/the-map-is-not-the-territory/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, Steve and Matt break down the differences between single and double lever control.  In general, single lever control affords more damage, whereas double lever control affords more control.Learn more about this mental model here:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/single-vs-double-lever-control/Mental models discussed in this episode:Single vs. Double Lever Controlhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/single-vs-double-lever-control/Rotational Controlhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/rotational-control/Position Over Submissionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/position-over-submission/Double Troublehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/double-trouble/Economy of Motionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/economy-of-motion/Win Conditionshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/win-conditions/Mask Your Intentionshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/mask-your-intentions/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, Steve is once again joined by Rob Biernacki from Island Top Team.  If you follow Rob, you know how passionate he is about respecting expertise and calling out impostors.  We live in a world where identifying expertise is harder - and more important - than ever.  In this episode, we give you the tools to do so.When assessing an expert, beware these red flags:Does the expert speak with 100% certainty at all times?Does the expert avoid disclosing the limits of their knowledge?Does the expert try to win arguments with quantity instead of quality? (the Gish gallop)Does your expert cherry-pick facts to support their position, while disregarding evidence to the contrary?Is the expert unwilling to entertain criticism?Does the expert speak in overly simple, black-or-white terms?Does the expert rely solely on their title or rank to justify their opinion?Does the expert speak on matters outside of their area of expertise?Are there no "quality gatekeepers," such as publishers or fact-checkers, to ensure the expert is correct?Do the majority of other experts speak poorly of this expert?Has this expert conflated experience with expertise?IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, Steve and Matt talk about seated guards!  Seated guards are a great way to track and harass your opponent from the bottom.  In this episode, you'll also learn why supine guard is sometimes referred to as Ali-Inoki position - which is a much more dignified nickname than how seated guard is referred to as "buttscooting."Mental models discussed in this episode:Inside Channel Controlhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/Predictable Responseshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/predictable-responses/Dictate the Pacehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/dictate-the-pace/Grips Dictate Positionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/grips-dictate-position/Kuzushihttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/kuzushi/Mirrored Stanceshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/mirrored-stances/Minimize Attack Vectorshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/minimize-attack-vectors/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, Steve and Matt talk about gi-based open guards!  There are a lot of variations, including spider guard, collar and sleeve, and worm guard.  The sheer number of grip configurations can be overwhelming.  Rather than trying to memorize each variation, we suggest thinking in a concept-based approach.  In this episode, we discuss how.Mental models discussed in this episode:Direct vs. Proxy Controlhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/direct-vs-proxy-control/Grips Dictate Positionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/grips-dictate-position/Inside Channel Controlhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/Phases of Guardhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/phases-of-guard/Dictate the Pacehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/dictate-the-pace/Critical Control Pointshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/critical-control-points/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, Steve and Matt talk about butterfly guard!  Butterfly is a hook-based guard that works in both gi and no-gi, and excels against larger opponents.Mental models discussed in this episode:Inside Channel Controlhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/Body Tetheringhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/body-tethering/Types of Guardhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/types-of-guard/Kuzushihttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/kuzushi/Head Positionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/head-position/Single vs. Double Lever Controlhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/single-vs-double-lever-control/Principles Over Techniqueshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/principles-over-techniques/Limb Coilinghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/limb-coiling/Committed Techniqueshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/committed-techniques/Direct vs. Proxy Controlhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/direct-vs-proxy-control/Beginner’s Mindhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/beginners-mind/Incremental Learninghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/incremental-learning/Predictable Responseshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/predictable-responses/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
This week, X gon' give it to ya!  Steve and Matt discuss X guard and its variants.  X guard, while an advanced position and difficult to enter, is an incredibly powerful position that's especially effective against larger opponents.There are three primary types of X guard:X guard - best used when you're right underneath your opponentSingle leg X guard - best used when controlling the far leg is a challengeReverse X guard - best used when your opponent is leaning forward.Mental models discussed in this episode:Committed Techniqueshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/committed-techniques/Predictable Responseshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/predictable-responses/Myopiahttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/myopia/Center of Gravityhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/center-of-gravity/Double Troublehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/double-trouble/Technique Chaininghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/technique-chaining/Kuzushihttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/kuzushi/Dominant Angleshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/dominant-angles/Inside Channel Controlhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/Limb Coilinghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/limb-coiling/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
It's time for another series!  This week, Steve and Matt begin our new five-part Open Guard Series with a concept-based breakdown of the de la Riva guard and reverse de la Riva guard.Mental models discussed in this episode:Types of Guardhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/types-of-guard/Body Tetheringhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/body-tethering/Committed Techniqueshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/committed-techniques/Critical Control Pointshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/critical-control-points/Dictating the Pacehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/dictating-the-pace/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
Ep. 84: The Third Place

Ep. 84: The Third Place

2020-08-0301:08:072

This week, Steve and Matt discuss the concept of the third place.  It's a sociological concept coined by Ray Oldenburg, who argues that we have three important places in our life:The first place: your homeThe second place: your workThe third place: the anchor to your community.The third place is where we blow off steam, get away from the demands of the first two places, and build relationships.  For most of us, our third place is Jiu-Jitsu.You can read more about the third place here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_placeIMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
The most important - and also hardest - part of every journey is the first step.  If you can't bring yourself to take the first step, you deny yourself the most important growth opportunities in life.  This week, Steve and Matt talk about the psychology of the first step, and how to overcome the natural fear of starting a new initiative.  And more importantly, we also talk about Final Fantasy VII Remake.Mental models discussed in this episode:Mindfulnesshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/mindfulness/Return on Investmenthttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/return-on-investment/Investing in Losshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/investing-in-loss/Defensive Thinkinghttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/defensive-thinking/Emotional Contagionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/emotional-contagion/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
Ep. 82: Tipping Points

Ep. 82: Tipping Points

2020-07-2001:08:14

This week, Steve and Matt discuss tipping points: the concept that, once you have sufficient leverage or momentum, your desired outcome can no longer be denied.We've all experienced tipping points, whether it be on the mats or off.In Jiu-Jitsu, tipping points occur when your opponent gains so much leverage that you cannot realistically fight off their attack anymore, and your only recourse is to change your tactics.In real life, tipping points occur when an idea, product, or movement gains sufficient momentum that its growth becomes exponential.Good strategies involve creating tipping points for yourself, and pivoting should your opponent create a tipping point against you.Reading list for this episode:The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwellhttps://www.gladwellbooks.com/titles/malcolm-gladwell/the-tipping-point/9780316316965/The Four Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferrisshttps://fourhourworkweek.com/Mental models discussed in this episode:Tipping Pointshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/tipping-points/Consistencyhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/consistency/Habits Over Resultshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/habits-over-results/Return on Investmenthttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/return-on-investment/Self-Competitionhttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/self-competition/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
What is "the best way" to teach a Jiu-Jitsu class?  Is there even an answer to that question?  This week, Steve and Matt discuss common BJJ teaching methodologies such as concepts-based, toughness-based, and sequence-based.Mental models discussed in this episode:Train With Purposehttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/train-with-purpose/Making Smaller Circleshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/making-smaller-circles/Predictable Responseshttps://bjjmentalmodels.com/predictable-responses/IMPORTANT: BJJ Mental Models needs your help.In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future for Steve and Matt is uncertain.  Our gyms are closed, our income is impacted, and we need your help in order to continue providing free content.  We've started a Patreon where you can support BJJ Mental Models.  Please help us keep the lights on so we can keep your game sharp during this once-in-a-century crisis.  Link here:https://patreon.com/bjjmentalmodels/Need more BJJ Mental Models?Get tips, tricks, and breakthrough insights from our mailing list:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/join/Get nitty-gritty details on our mental models from the full database:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/database/Let them know you're an educated grappler with our merch:https://bjjmentalmodels.com/store/Get the latest BJJ Mental Models updates from Facebook:https://facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels/Music by Enterprize:https://enterprize.bandcamp.com/
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Shuofei Yang Sophie

Yes, an episode on social media couldn’t be more relatable atm.

May 31st
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Shuofei Yang Sophie

This is a great episode.

May 31st
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Shuofei Yang Sophie

You guys are the best!

Apr 16th
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Jimi Danaan

It took me longer than I'm willing to admit to realise that this is an April Fools episode.

Mar 8th
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Shuofei Yang Sophie

A very good episode, as usual. Keep it up guys!! I’ve been struggling with getting to the offense side from half guard, which I’m naturally inclined to do..now I’m seeing it from another perspective. Also reverse de la riva. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 13th
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Sal Frech

my name is coach Sal I've coached mixed martial arts for almost 15 years I live in a third world country when mixed martial arts is more of a glorified street fights they don't have real discipline they put kids to fight for almost no money I coach in a dojo that is a judo and Sambo BJJ with catch wrestling an American kickboxing have my team has won national titles in Judo and samba and they won in their first BJJ tournament I think your show is great you're being listened around the world keep up the great work ZOMBIE MMA & SABAOT Academy we make no money I do volunteer work and we train kids so they won't be out on the streets boring games our country right now is going through a civil war we live they today the sport of BJJ is keeping us alive it keeps us motivated to going forward I don't have a black belt I don't have no ranks just a white guy volunteers his services for the right cause I don't get paid I do this because this was what God gave me this gift I have worked with guys that have been in the UFC and I work that many gyms and almost everything you're saying is so true great show keep up the great work

Jul 9th
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Matthew Fleming

Hey guys, would I really enjoy this podcast as a Coach, Student, and Competitor and Recommend it to my teammates. Would y'all ever do one on competition focus like things like supplemental training and game planning from an athlete and coach side of things? I would love to hear y'alls opinions and thoughts! Thank You!

Apr 4th
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