The Martial Brain
“The Martial Brain” is Jeff Westfall’s podcast series on the intersection between the martial arts, science, critical thinking, scientific skepticism, and that wacky organ that floats between our ears. Each episode is a small nugget of thoughts on how these things relate to a particular element in the life of a martial artist.
Episodes are available on iTunes and Stitcher!
115 The Beast With Two Backs?
114 Nerd Up!
113 It’s a Natural Fact
This is a re-posting of an archive episode. See episode #21 below for the original sound file.
112 Oh, How We Danced!
111 You Say Placebo and I Say Nocebo
110 You Are Not the Punisher
109 A Study in Studies
108 The Punching Order
107 This Technique Always Works…Well, Except for When it Didn’t.
This is a re-posting of an archive episode. See episode #37 below for the original sound file.
106 The Tao of the Tao of Jeet Kune Do
105 Battling Bartitsu Babes
104 Fortune’s Fool
103 The Low-hanging Fruit
102 The Strange Tale of Howard Boone Part 2
101 The Strange Tale of Howard Bone Part 1
100th Episode Extravaganza!
99 Dueling Concepts
98 Lesson Planning and Helmuth Von Moltke
97 She Blinded Me With Scienciness!
96 Everything Good Came From Us!
95 Martial Arts Literacy
94 A Potpourri of Fallacies
93 Age is Relative, and Boy Do I Have Some Old Relatives!
92 Whoa, Mule!
91 Made Ya Look!
90 What is the Secret to Good Comedy?
89 Go With the Flow
88 Courage is Easy, Discipline is Hard!
87 The Power of Doubt Part 3
86 The Power of Doubt Part 2
85 The Power of Doubt Part 1
84 Stupid Chi Tricks Revealed Part 2
83 The Big Student Bias
82 Child’s Play
81 One or Two Degrees of Dan Inosanto Part 4
80 One or Two Degrees of Dan Inosanto Part 3
79 One or Two Degrees of Dan Inosanto Part 2
78 One or Two Degrees of Dan Inosanto Part 1
77 My Sensei is Better Than Your Sensei
76 Howdy Pardner!
75 There Aint No Such Thing as a Free Sample!
74 Weird Tales of the Rising Phoenix Academy Part 3
73 Oh No! Not the CRUEL Sensei!
72 Taking a Stance on Martial Arts Stances
71 We Don’t Fight Like That Around Here!
70 Any Port in a Storm
69 Them is Fightin’ Words!
68 Taking Down the Dragon
67 Martial Nerds vs. Martial Jocks
66 For Worse or Better
65 Respect My Authority!
64 Stupid Chi Tricks Revealed
63 We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us!
62 I Don’t Think You Understand the Gravity of the Situation! Part 2
61 The Sweet Taste of Emotional Candy
60 The Arrow of Time
59 The Misanthropic Principle
58 The Mathematics of Not Falling Down
57 I Don’t Think You Understand the Gravity of the Situation!
56 Honor in the Martial Arts
55 Trust Your Instincts?
54 The Price of Cruelty
53 If You Know What’s Good For You!
52 The Evolution of the Martial Human
51 Building Your Grappling Game
50 Weird Tales of the Rising Phoenix Academy Part 2
49 Play is the Thing
48 Hacking Away the Unessential is Essential
47 Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
46 But Mommy, I Want There to be a Santa Claus!
45 Weird Tales of the Rising Phoenix Academy
44 Can Rocky Beat Rambo?
43 The Dunning-Kruger Effect
42 Martial Arts or Martial Science?
41 The Dark Side of Genius
40 The Five Levels of Commitment in Striking
39 A More Precise Take on Precision
38 The Tao of the Perfect Collision
37 This Technique Always Works
36 I’d Give My Right Arm to be Ambidextrous!
35 That’s Funny, It Worked on YouTube!
34 Drop and Give Me Fifty!
33 The Way of the Intercepting Myth Part 2
32 The Way of the Intercepting Myth Part 1
31 Zen and the Art of Revisionist History
30 How Dare You Question My Omniscience?
29 Stand Up Straight and Breathe, Grasshopper!
28 Logic is Like a Sword
27 The Golden Age Fallacy
26 The Student Shall Be the Teacher
25 Nobody’s Perfect, and That’s Unforgivable!
24 Defeating the Straw Man
23 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock
22 When is a Technique Practical?
21 It’s a Natural Fact
20 Dude, That is Sick!
19 Realism in Sparring and the Scientific Method
18 What Belt are You?
17 What if Tokyo Never Rose?
16 The Elephant in the Room
15 The Last Samurai
14 The Myth of the Power of the Mind
13 The Martial Arts and the Monkey Brain
12 Essence and the Martial Arts
11 Technique Vs. Principle
10 What is a Martial Arts Style?
9 Is Grappling Training Necessary?
8 How Do You Know?
7 What is a Master?
6 Does Practice Make Perfect?
5 The Crane Kick Phenomenon
4 Are Martial Arts Seminars Worthwhile?
3 What is a Traditional Martial Art?
2 Martial Sports vs. Martial Combat Arts
1 How Long Will it Take?