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Krav Maga is not just a self defence system, it is a way of life. Warriors den is a podcast for Kravist, fighters, martial artists, warriors, politicians and general citizens. Consider this: “The Society that separates scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools” – Thucydides Your host Jonathan Fader UTKM Co-Founder talks to guest in an open and uncensored format about their fights, their philosophies, and their lives. No topic is taboo an ...
 
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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…
 
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…
 
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://…
 
In this episode, I will be going over the Blog Post Series the Nervous System, Reflexes, and Krav Maga. This will go over many factors that affect your action and reaction potentials. This includes how training works to change your behavior and responses, connecting it to your mental awareness color code state, how to work through the stages of lea…
 
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…
 
Excerpt: (On immigrating alone, life, and company of others and yourself): “You truly have to create your own family. You get used to coming and going, you have to really find a way to not depend on people coming and going. It allows me to be completely ok with being alone, we're social creatures, we need people. But I think that every one should b…
 
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…
 
Excerpt: "On Hunting “I never thought I would ever go hunting it just never crossed my mind. I Didn’t listen to Joe Rogan, I did not watch Meat Eater but I guess at the time I had a lot of health issues and I was doing the process of elimination and trying to figure out what was wrong or how to fix my body because our medical system obviously faile…
 
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…
 
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: …
 
Jonathan Fader is your host and Co-Founder of UTKM. A message from your host: As this was the 100th episode I thought I would do something a little different. I will give you a loose history of my life and how it lead to the creation of UTKM and where it is at today. It is a loose history as it is a story from memory as well as an attempt to keep c…
 
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…
 
Ryan Kitchen is a BJJ Black Belt and Co-Owner at Advantage Jiu-Jitsu in Richmond, BC. Ryan found jiu-jitsu in 2007 after his mother was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Jiu-Jitsu became a positive escape from the stresses of his everyday life and something meaningful to work towards. Training partners provided support and became friends helpi…
 
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…
 
This episode is a blog post series discussing the Mental Colour code and its application in both literal physical self defense and mental health. At UTKM it is very much believed that self defense is not just physical and too often we can focus too much on the groin strikes and throat punches that good self defense is very much about balance which …
 
This week we're joined by Doug Lemov, the bestselling author of Teach Like a Champion and The Coach's Guide to Teaching. Doug shares how education best practices like effortful retrieval, interleaving, and perception-action coupling can be applied to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Here's how you can check out Doug's work: The Coach's Guide to Teaching https:…
 
Excerpt: [on] Freedoms being stripped away I think people need to ask more questions, being a little bit more engaged. You cannot function and live in a free society with these types of restrictions and creating this two-tiered society. I think we are again at this crossroads and if we are not going to look at the big picture and start having meani…
 
This week, we're joined by Dr. Rob Gray from the Perception & Action Podcast! Dr. Gray explains how the constraints-led approach to coaching can turbo-charge the skill development of yourself and your team. A great and insightful episode for both students and coaches. Check out Dr. Gray on the Perception & Action Podcast: https://perceptionaction.c…
 
Excerpt: "How I like to Approach it, that is that is we need to be acquainted with violence and how it functions in order to have a proper relationship with it. Not that your going to be like you know just tossing and becoming a more violent and more aggressive person but you need to have a relationship to it. So, you know that's the same thing wit…
 
This week we're joined again by Drew Weatherhead! Drew breaks down one of the most powerful but most underloved series of positions in Jiu-Jitsu: the crucifix. Check out The Crucifix Bible, by Drew Weatherhead, on BJJ Fanatics: https://bjjfanatics.com/products/the-crucifix-manual-by-drew-weatherhead Mental models discussed in this episode: 3 Joint …
 
Excerpt: "I think that there is a role that social media is playing in this. Which shines a light in weaknesses in our democracy in a very unhelpful way. Umm, so social media creates these easily manipulated narratives which allow us to inflate emotions and subvert, umm, dialogue and discussion like you and I are having right now. Cuz if you and I …
 
This week, Steve and Matt share their best practices for learning from BJJ instructionals. There's more high-quality content than ever, so we tackle the problem of having too much good information to absorb. Mental models discussed in this episode: Idea Communism https://bjjmentalmodels.com/idea-communism/ Learning Modalities https://bjjmentalmodel…
 
In this special episode, Andrew Wiltse joins us to share his stance on the recent sexual abuse allegations in the BJJ community. Mentioned in this episode: Shut Up & Train: A 2020 survey of sexual harassment and assault in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13uam_vwd_0VJQ95Z64XREIK8wVoG7zIK The Call Is Coming F…
 
Expert: "Do what you believe is right. Stand up for what you believe in. If you see something, you want to questions something and you are not qualified to question it, question it anyways. You know, open discourse and even though we don't have it here in Canada, Freedom of Speech is an important part of Western Civilization." Matt Kwan Matt Kwan i…
 
This week, we're joined by Eliot Marshall. Eliot is a UFC veteran, BJJ black belt, and co-owner of the Easton Training Center. Eliot joins us to discuss the fighter's journey after retirement from competition, and how to build a sustainable business in the sport you love. Check out Eliot's podcast, The Gospel of Fire: https://gospeloffire.libsyn.co…
 
Excerpt: [on sharing what one of his colleagues told him] "Self Defense deals with the onset of Violence, the beginning of the violent moment. Basically the engagement, the first punch thrown etc... If you are amazing at self-defense maybe you did your 360, maybe you nailed them with a punch, situation over. But, more often than not, that self-defe…
 
Priit Mihkelson is back! This week, Priit explains his framework for Jiu-Jitsu, and how his defensive strategies integrate with more mainstream strategies. Topics discussed: Introduction to Priit's Defensive BJJ Crunches vs. twists How Priit's system was developed Defensive BJJ vs. Biernacki's theory of alignment What problem Defensive BJJ solves Q…
 
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Excerpt: [Krav Maga is]“A Great System for someone to come into and for someone to grow in if they want something that's broad but maybe not too deep. but it's broad, I mean there's a lot you gotta learn and you know you gotta learn your punches, your blocking, your blades, your sticks, your firearms, your grappling but it doesn't run too deeply in…
 
This week, Steve and Matt discuss posts: one of the core mechanics of Jiu-Jitsu. Posting, or connecting with the floor to create base, is a concept that's often not discussed in detail. In this episode, we break down the mental models for posting. Mental models discussed in this episode: Core Mechanics https://bjjmentalmodels.com/core-mechanics/ Fo…
 
Here's a freebie for all of you loyal listeners: the first 30 minutes of the BJJ Mental Models Gamplanning Series! The Gameplanning Series is the first full course we made for BJJ Mental Models Premium. This 7-part series walks you through the process of building a Jiu-Jitsu gameplan using the mental models we talk about on the show. Enjoy the firs…
 
Excerpt: "I think it’s the responsibility of any citizen to be reasonably well informed on most things. You don’t just get to say, well your appeal to authority, oh the experts said this…You should at least be able to inform yourself to say, is that true?" - Quinn Quinn is a UTKM green belt who trained with us for several years, recently he moved t…
 
This week we're joined by Rebecca "Beans" Hughes! Rebecca is best known for her hit online BJJ coaching course, Camp Nebula. In this episode, Rebecca shares her tips for building a thriving career in Jiu-Jitsu, even if you're not a black belt or world champion. Check out Rebecca's coaching at Camp Nebula: https://campnebula.com/ Mental models discu…
 
Nir Maman is a Counter-Terrorist, Policing and Use of Force Expert and founder of CT707 a Global Risk Mitigation, Special Operations, and Training organization. Nir's full background is read during the Intro of this episode which takes some time, as the actual talk starts around the 17-minute mark. Host Jonathan Fader has also had the opportunity t…
 
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Nathan de la Feraude is a UTKM Yellow Belt and Baseball coach. He grew up in Surrey, BC in the once-notorious neighborhood which has since been slightly cleaned up. He went to University in Chicago pursuing his love for Baseball as his goal was to go Pro. Things did not go as planned and he ended up Back in Vancouver where he started at the bottom …
 
This week we're joined by Matt Skaff! Matt is a 10th Planet black belt who specializes in the anaconda choke. The anaconda is powerful because it's not just a choke: it's a powerful positional system with a lot of submission options. Matt's key advice for the anaconda: Don't squeeze too early! Don't go deep too early: you don't want them to control…
 
Mike Hansen is the Co-founder of Budo Martial Arts in Metro Vancouver and Current Owner of BUDO Burnaby. Mike holds a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, and has trained BJJ and Muay Thai Kickboxing since 2009. He has competed and won a 2014 NAGA Champion and he competes regularly at the IBJJF World Masters and Pans. He has trained with some of the mos…
 
This week, we're joined by Drew Weatherhead from Because Jitsu! Drew shares his best practices for transmission of knowledge and efficient learning. Book referenced in this episode: Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374533557 Find Drew online at: Drew Weatherhead Jiu-Jitsu https://drewjitsuonline.com Beca…
 
This is a Blog post series Episode based on the Series doomed to repeat by UTKM assistant Instructor Petra Foerster. You can listen to Episode 85 if you want to learn more about Petra and her perspective. The purpose of the series was originally to compare Petra's experience growing up in East Germany and the Fall of the USSR and to give you perspe…
 
This week we're joined by Phrost, the founder of Bullshido. You probably know Bullshido as one of the internet's best resources for debunking fake martial arts, fake news, and other bullshit. In this episode, Phrost shares his toolkit for inoculating yourself against bullshit. Phrost's advice: Enforce the burden of proof. Avoid dichotomous (black a…
 
Ron Engelman has been doing Krav Maga since he was a young boy. When he moved to Israel he was fortunate to live near Netanya the proverbial epicenter of Krav Maga. Since then he never looked back eventually becoming both an IDF combat soldier and Krav Maga Instructor. He has been in the military for nearly 20 years and has been teaching Krav Maga …
 
This week, we're joined by Erin Herle! Erin is a black belt under Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles, an elite competitor, and the founder of #submitthestigma, a mental health awareness organization for grapplers. Learn more about #submitthestigma here: https://www.submitthestigma.org/ This episode references the book Mindset, by Carol Dweck: https://www.am…
 
Petra Foerster was Born and raised in East of Germany, before the fall of the Berlin wall. There she was exposed to communist/socialist authoritarian governments and the tail end of the cold war. She started practicing Judo at the age of 6 practicing for more than 15 years achieving her Brown Belt. In December 2012 she decided to move to Vancouver …
 
This week, Steve and Matt do a super detailed breakdown of wedges: a core mechanic of Jiu-Jitsu that's critical to offense. Frames and wedges have a lot in common, but frames are primarily used for defense, whereas wedges are primarily used for offense. If you liked our prior conversation on frames, you'll love this one on wedges. Mental models dis…
 
This Episode is a Blog post series shares the first in hopefully will be many Volumes in what we like to call "Tales From". These are stories regarding self-defense training, mentality, incidents, situations whether handled well or poorly. The idea of these series is for others to see that Self Defense is complicated and many individuals have possi…
 
This week, we're joined by newly minted black belt Margot Ciccarelli! Margot leads us on one of our most interesting discussions ever: her philosophy of movement vocabulary. Margot argues that we speak with our bodies, and that movement is a form of communication. In this episode we talk about the vocabulary we use in Jiu-Jitsu: how we label, speak…
 
Exerpt: "Krav Maga builds out of two subjects. Self Defense which is the main subject. And hand-to-hand combat, with time Krav Maga became very very good at the self-defense... but it became, maybe the hand-to-hand combat section was a little bit neglected. But we know self-defense very good." -Ron Rotem Ron is referring Boxing, Kickboxing, wrestli…
 
This week, we're joined by one of our most often requested guests: Sonny Brown! Sonny, also known as "that other BJJ podcast guy," is working on a kesa gatame instructional. He joins us to share core concepts on this underutilized position. We debunk common kesa gatame misconceptions: "They'll just take my back" "They'll just bridge me over" "They'…
 
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