“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!

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?