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What is it that allows some people to push themselves beyond their limitations? Why can some people survive situations others do not? On this podcast we try to find out the answers. Stephan Kesting, is a lifelong martial artist, BJJ black belt, career firefighter, and outdoorsman. Join us as he talks to fighters, adventurers, competitors, coaches, firefighters, trainers and other people living the strenuous life. Stephan also runs Grapplearts.com, where he has published many hundreds of mart ...
 
Can we learn to make smarter choices? Listen in as host Katy Milkman--behavioral scientist, Wharton professor, and author of How to Change--shares stories of high-stakes decisions and what research reveals they can teach us. Choiceology, an original podcast from Charles Schwab, explores the lessons of behavioral economics to help you improve your judgment and change for good. Season 1 of Choiceology was hosted by Dan Heath, bestselling author of Made to Stick and Switch. Podcasts are for inf ...
 
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Dr Nicholas Tyau is a BJJ Black Belt and an internal medicine specialist who worked in NYC hospitals during Covid Ground Zero in 2020. Today we discuss the Omicron variant, therapeutics, long covid, hospital capacity, vaccine vs infection-induced immunity, booster shots, and whether you should train during the case spike.…
 
This week we're joined by Xande Ribeiro! Xande joins us to discuss the concepts behind pressure: one of the most potent weapons in Jiu-Jitsu. Xande's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xanderibeirojj/ Six Blades Jiu-Jitsu: https://www.instagram.com/sixbladesjiujitsu/ Mental models discussed in this episode: Surface Area https://bjjmentalmodels.co…
 
This week we're joined by Olympic wrestler and UFC fighter Sara McMann! Sara explains how Jiu-Jiteiros can level up their wrestling in BJJ. Follow Sara McMann on Instagram: https://instagram.com/saramcmann Mental models discussed in this episode: Direct vs. Proxy Control https://bjjmentalmodels.com/direct-vs-proxy-control/ Mask Your Intentions http…
 
Ami Palmer has been on the podcast before (ep 325) and I was thrilled to have him back. He's a wrestler, judoka, jiu-jitsuka and teaches at the University of Texas. The focus of today's conversation was how to talk to the vaccine hesitant, combat conspiracy theories, and how to figure out who to believe. Check out the 3 articles Ami wrote to accomp…
 
This week, we're joined by Hillary VanOrnum! Hillary is a black belt under James Foster and the head instructor at Unicorn Jiu Jitsu. In this episode, Hillary discusses her philosophy for making BJJ an inclusive "safe place for violence." Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you’ll definitely love our premiu…
 
For many people, the start of a new year is an occasion to re-examine their lives, to set new goals and to give up old habits. Making New Year’s resolutions is something of a social ritual, but we see similar behaviors around other significant dates, as well--such as birthdays and anniversaries and the changing of seasons. And while it can be argue…
 
I know people mean well but here's why I don't like them calling me 'Professor' or 'Sifu' or 'Sensei' or 'Guru' or 'Master' or 'Shihan' or 'Kru' or 'Sabom' Or 'Kwisatz Haderach'... So if we ever meet on the street, at an airport or in a gym please call me 'Stephan'! There's an inherent danger when lofty titles are used to amplify an already reflexi…
 
Seb Lavoie is a frequent BJJ Mental Models guest, BJJ black belt, CrossFit athlete, gym owner, and retired RCMP Sergeant Major. Earlier in 2021, Seb experienced a freak accident in which the muscles in his leg necrotized and had to be removed. Seb survived, but now has significantly reduced functionality in his leg and is facing the possibility of …
 
Steve Kwan from BJJ Mental Models joined me today to share some guidelines that'll immediately improve your jiu-jitsu defensive skills. Check out the BJJ Mental Models Podcast wherever fine podcasts are distributed https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ And check out my latest instructional, The Omoplata 2.0, which is my complete system for mastering the mos…
 
Merry Christmas and happy holidays from BJJ Mental Models! On a personal note, I'd just like to thank you for supporting us. Whether you support us on BJJ Mental Models Premium, read the newsletter, or listen to the podcast, I'm really and truly grateful that you've chosen to invest your valuable time and attention in our work. It really, truly mea…
 
Jon Thomas is back! This week, Jon continues a topic he brought up in his last BJJ Mental Models appearance: the pitfalls of principles. Jon's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SnakePlisken09 Jon's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonthomasbjj Jon's website: https://www.jonthomasbjj.com Mental models discussed in this episode: Concepts Over…
 
I was thrilled to have MMA fighter Nate 'The Rock' Quarry on the podcast where we talked about being raised in a cult, his comeback to the UFC after a serious back surgery, his biggest loss in MMA, the UFC monopoly, and staying in shape after retirement. Nate is active on Twitter where he can be found @NateRockQuarry; please let him know if you enj…
 
Burton Richardson is BJJ black belt and has an incredible lineage in the Filipino Martial Arts as well, having trained with many of the top instructors in the world. I was thrilled to have him on the podcast to talk about pressure tested self defense in the real world. Please check out my step-by-step guide to the Omoplata, the most versatile submi…
 
This week we're joined by Kristina Barlaan! Kristina is a 2nd degree black belt under Caio Terra. Kristina breaks down the details behind one of her favorite techniques: the bow & arrow choke. Kristina's three tips for perfecting the bow & arrow: Ensure you have the correct grip (make a fist, wrist not bent) Hide your elbow Get the correct angle. C…
 
This week, we're joined by "The Villain" Chris Paines! Chris is a BJJ black belt under Priit Mihkelson, and an advocate for concept-based BJJ instruction. In this episode, Chris discusses his personal journey into Jiu-Jitsu concepts, and how he uses concepts to teach his students. Mental models discussed in this episode: Limb Coiling https://bjjmen…
 
In this episode Steve Kwan from the BJJ Mental Models podcast grills me about the omoplata, the most versatile submission in all of jiu-jitsu. Check out my latest instructional, Omoplata 2.0, at https://www.grapplearts.com/omoplata Cheers, Stephan KestingBy Stephan Kesting
 
This week we're joined again by Stephan Kesting! Stephan is in the process of releasing his new Omoplata 2.0 instructional, so what better time than now to break down the mechanics of this underutilized submission? Get Stephan's new Omoplata 2.0 instructional here: https://www.grapplearts.com/omoplata/ Mental models discussed in this episode: Waypo…
 
00:37: Richard Bejtlich's background in martial arts 08:39: Where does fascination with martial arts history comes from 18:08: What research on historical martial arts looks like 20:10: Preservation of antiquated methods in the present martial arts 26:15: The Ninja myth!!! 33:22: Cybersecurity 37:47: How hackers attack large corporations and the mi…
 
This week, we're joined by Jiu-Jitsu journalist extraordinaire Averi Clements! Fresh off her incredible run at the Jiu-Jitsu Times, Averi joins us to discuss her passion: our shared responsibility for making this sport as inclusive and clean as it can be. Referenced in this episode: The Call Is Coming From Inside The Gym, by Averi Clements https://…
 
Averi is a BJJ brown belt who has written extensively for the Jiu-Jitsu Times. Together we go deep into why jiu-jitsu is popular for women, coming back from injuries, some recent high profile sexual assault cases in the sport, and much more. Follow Averi on Instagram @bjjaveri, on Twitter @BJJaveri, and/or at the Jiu-Jitsu Times. And while you're h…
 
This week, we're joined again by Olympic Judo legend Travis Stevens! Travis discusses the goal-setting methodology he uses to coach and prepare his students for elite-level competition. Mental models discussed in this episode: Short-term/Long-term Paradox https://bjjmentalmodels.com/short-term-long-term-paradox/ Compartmentalization https://bjjment…
 
I had a hip replacement to fix a joint worn out by 40 years of martial arts training, conditioning and fitness activities. This video details the first 4 weeks of my recovery, going from barely being able to stand up to climbing a mountain. As they say, this presentation contains powerful visuals, so if you're interested check out the video version…
 
Canadian explorer Adam Shoalts is back to talk about some of his recent expeditions, including a search for a mythical beast in the wilds of Northern Labrador. We also discussed balancing family and adventure, the early explorers, his approach to selecting gear, food and travelling companions, and much more! Find out more about Adam at https://adam…
 
This week, we're joined by Malachy Friedman! Malachy is a second-degree black belt under Ricardo Liborio and the founder of Black Label Martial Arts. Malachy shares his strategy and philosophy for guard passing. Follow Malachy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/malachyfriedman/ Visit Malachy's website: https://www.malachyfriedman.com/ Mental m…
 
Dr Hanan Buskin is a clinical psychologist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In this episode we go deep into the benefits conspiracy theorist get from believing and sharing their crazy ideas and the long, difficult process required to gently wean them off conspiratorial thinking. Follow Dr Hanan on Instagram @drhananbushkin and check ou…
 
This week, we're joined again by Rob Biernacki from Island Top Team and BJJConcepts.net. Rob discusses how the initial conditions of a match can be chaotic or linear, and how this difference impacts the outcome of the match. Mental models discussed in this episode: Opening Salvos https://bjjmentalmodels.com/opening-salvos/ Kuzushi https://bjjmental…
 
This week, we're joined by Karel "The Silver Fox" Pravec! Karel shares his strategies for sparring with younger opponents, and the importance of thinking long-term. Mental models discussed in this episode: Habits Over Results https://bjjmentalmodels.com/habits-over-results/ Incremental Learning https://bjjmentalmodels.com/incremental-learning/ Dict…
 
Anticipating and planning for obstacles can sometimes be more powerful than adopting a positive mindset. A positive attitude is important when embarking on any new endeavor. However, as you may have heard in previous episodes of Choiceology with Katy Milkman, overoptimism also can blind you to important information. In this episode, we look at a st…
 
This week we're joined by Chris and Melissa Haueter! The Haueters are Jiu-Jitsu legends, with Chris being one of the first non-Brazilians to obtain a BJJ black belt. Chris and Melissa share their experiences with getting older and aging gracefully in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Learn from Chris and Melissa Haueter online at Combat Base Club: …
 
After 4 decades of training Jiu-jitsu, MMA, Judo, Kajukenbo, Muay Thai, Karate and Kickboxing my right hip is worn out. Here's how I became aware that it needed replacing, what the surgery is going to look like, and what I've done to prepare for it! I'll post updates about my post-surgical recovery on my podcast, my youtube channel and my Instagram…
 
This week, we're joined by British Open black belt champion and Two4 Martial Arts head coach Omied Khakshour! Omied discusses "applying the 45," part of his conceptual framework for pressure passing. Check out Omied's guide here: Fundamentals of pressure – A guide to unlocking the guard and pinning https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OX_gosH8uMD8AojDt…
 
Most of us would prefer to avoid an argument at work or at home. But there are times when arguments—at least when they’re civil—can help surface important information for decision-making. In this episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman, we look at situations where certain types of conflict can actually lead to better outcomes. You’re probably fami…
 
This week, we're joined by Whitney Bragagnolo from the Sports Ethics Examiner. Whitney is a PhD researcher in sport ethics, and a longtime practitioner of BJJ. Whitney discusses how the absence of a true BJJ governing body leads to ethical issues, and explains how BJJ could solve these problems. Referenced in the episode: Earn a black belt in build…
 
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