“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.

PARENTAL WARNING:  Jeff uses occasional explicit language!  This podcast may not be appropriate for young listeners!

Episodes are available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other aggregators!

206 You Can’t Force Balance
205 In the Darkness a Shining Blade I Hold!
204 Heroes of the Rising Phoenix Martial Arts Academy 1.2
203 Heroes of the Rising Phoenix Martial Arts Academy 1.1
202 The Intersection of Survival and Self-Expression
201 Toxic Sparring Culture
200 Authenticity, Inauthenticity, and the Martial Arts Part 2
199 Authenticity, Inauthenticity, and the Martial Arts Part 1
198 Make a Note of This!
197 The Master Meets the Skeptic Part 2
196 The Master Meets the Skeptic Part 1
195 Maintaining Your Martial Relevancy
194 The Art of Listening
193 I’m Not as Good as I Once Was, But I’m as Good ONCE as I Ever Was! Part 2
192 I’m Not as Good as I Once Was, But I’m as Good ONCE as I Ever Was! Part 1
191 Bright Lines, Blurred Lines Part 3
190 Bright Lines, Blurred Lines Part 2
189 Bright Lines, Blurred Lines Part 1
188 The Brain is the Deadliest Organ
187 The Dilemmas of the Kicker Part 4
186 The Dilemmas of the Kicker Part 3
185 The Dilemmas of the Kicker Part 2
184 The Dilemmas of the Kicker Part 1
183 An American Muay Thai Tale Part 6
182 An American Muay Thai Tale Part 5
181 An American Muay Thai Tale Part 4
180 An American Muay Thai Tale Part 3
179 An American Muay Thai Tale Part 2
178 An American Muay Thai Tale Part 1
177 Come at Me Bro!
176 Honor Thy Adversary

175 was a re-release of episode #45 below.

174 was a re-release of episode #52 below.

173 was a re-release of episode #34 below.

172 Enjoy Yourself
171 Three Dimensional Striking
170 Letting Go
169 The “Ugly American” Martial Artist
168 Momentum, the Dead Angle, and Filipino Triangles
167 Vulcans, Klingons, Muses, and the Martial Arts
166 Moving in the Moment
165 Crystal Spheres and Reticles

164 was a re-release of episode 23 below.

163 The Mass Combat Dilemma
162 Weird Tales of the Rising Phoenix Martial Arts Academy 5
161 Didn’t History ALREADY Happen? Part 6
160 Didn’t History ALREADY Happen? Part 5
159 Didn’t History ALREADY Happen? Part 4
158 Didn’t History ALREADY Happen? Part 3
157 Didn’t History ALREADY Happen? Part 2
156 Didn’t History ALREADY Happen? Part 1
155 We’ve Got the Enemy Right Where We Want ‘Em! Part 3
154 We’ve Got the Enemy Right Where We Want ‘Em! Part 2
153 We’ve Got the Enemy Right Where We Want ‘Em! Part 1
152 Turns Out My Sensei DOESN’T Know Everything!
151 Only Who is Left
150 The Photoshop Effect
149 The Power of Continuing Education Part 2
148 The Power of Continuing Education Part 1
147 Why Does My Sifu DO That?
146 Stupid Chi Tricks Revealed 3
145 Brain Myths
144 Weird Tales of the Rising Phoenix Martial Arts Academy 4
143 Chuck Norris Doesn’t DO Podcasts!
142 The Tactical Wheel Part 2
141 The Tactical Wheel Part 1
140 This is Sparta? Part 4
139 This is Sparta? Part 3
138 This is Sparta? Part 2
137 This is Sparta? Part 1
136 Profile of a Victim
135 Come to the Dark Side Part 4
134 Come to the Dark Side Part 3
133 Come to the Dark Side Part 2
132 Come to the Dark Side Part 1
131 Athena Vs. Ares
130 The Art of Not Getting Hit Part 3
129 The Art of Not Getting Hit Part 2
128 The Art of Not Getting Hit Part 1
127 Technophobia and the Martial Arts
126 Believing is Seeing Part 5
125 Believing is Seeing Part 4
124 Believing is Seeing Part 3
123 Believing is Seeing Part 2
122 Believing is Seeing Part 1
121 Death By Ideology
120 First Allegiance
119 There’s a Box There For a Reason!
118 Looking For Sensei Right
117 Easter Eggs and Rabbit Holes
116 The Red-Headed Stepchild of Striking
115 The Beast With Two Backs?
114 Nerd Up!

113 was a re-release of Episode #21 below.

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 was a re-release of Episode #37 below.

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 Bone 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 3
86 The Power of Doubt 2
85 The Power of Doubt 1
84 Stupid Chi Tricks Revealed 2
83 The Big Student Bias
82 Child’s Play
81 One or Two Degrees of Dan Inosanto 4
80 One or Two Degrees of Dan Inosanto 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 Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Sample!
74 Weird Tales of the Rising Phoenix Martial Arts Academy 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 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 1
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 Martial Arts Academy 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 Martial Arts Academy 1
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
39 A More Precise Take on Precision Striking
38 The Tao of the Perfect Collision
37 This Technique Always Works..Well, Except For When it Didn’t
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; a Carefully Considered Rant
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?