BJJ Mental Models


The world's most valuable Jiu-Jitsu audio masterclasses.

Direct video coaching from world-class black belts.

By the world's most popular BJJ education podcast.

7-day free trial.  Cancel anytime.  No bullshit.  As low as $20/mo.


Sign up now and you'll get:

BJJ courses you'll actually use.

How many instructionals have you bought that just sat unwatched on your shelf? We aren't like that.

Our courses are presented in long-form audio format, focusing on Jiu-Jitsu strategy, tactics, mindset, and mental models.  We've been described as the “MasterClass” of Jiu-Jitsu.

We won't bore you with endless repetitive technique videos that you could get for free on YouTube. We offer real courseware with world-class black belts.

Professional video sparring analysis.

Upload your rolling and competition videos for our review. Our review team contains world-class black belts representing about 20 collective world championship wins between them.

You'll get direct, personal coaching from the best grapplers in the world, and it's about 10x cheaper than a single private lesson.

An exclusive community that wants you to succeed.

The BJJ Mental Models Discord community is, hands down, the best and most productive online Jiu-Jitsu community you'll ever join. 68+ world-renowned black belts and counting!

Exclusive access for BJJ Mental Models Premium subscribers.

Audio masterclasses from the best in our sport.

BJJ Mental Models Premium includes our always-expanding library of audio courses! These courses are the best way to “level up” beyond the free BJJ Mental Models podcast.


Our Premium courses are different and unique from anything else you'll find in the sport of BJJ. We don't want to make you memorize more niche techniques...we want to change the way you think. We want to help you develop your Jiu-Jitsu in the areas that will truly make a difference.


On BJJ Mental Models Premium, you'll find courses and lectures from the brightest minds in our sport. They deconstruct their mindset, explain their methods, and most importantly, teach how you can duplicate their success.


We don't nickel-and-dime you by charging for each instructional. Sign up for Premium and you get all our instructionals for one extremely competitive price. And yes, they're all included in your free trial, so you can access them for free by signing up now.


Here are the courses you'll get if you sign up today:

BJJ Mental Models Premium contains 100+ hours of game-changing lessons, and is always growing! Get all of the above, as well as all future courses we launch, by activating your free trial here: 👇


Get direct coaching from elite-level black belts.

We've assembled one of the best review teams in the world to support our Premium subscribers. Join Premium today, record your rolling footage, join our subscriber Discord, and get feedback from our all-star review team. Let's introduce your coaches:

Brianna Ste-Marie

Brianna is a black belt under Brazilian Top Team, a 2022 ADCC finalist, and a 2022 IBJJF world champion.  She's one of the top Jiu-Jitsu athletes operating out of Canada, and provides exceptional feedback to grapplers of all levels, especially in no gi.

Dominyka Obelenyte

Dominyka is a Marcelo Garcia black belt, 4x black belt world champion, and 10x overall world champion.

She was promoted to black belt in January of 2015 at the age of 19, becoming one of the few people to receive such a high rank at such an early age. That following summer, Dominyka went on to win her weight and absolute in the IBJJF World Championships, becoming the first rookie black belt to win double gold, as well as the first and only European.

Josh McKinney

Josh is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt under UFC veteran Kyle Watson and is an advanced BJJ coach at HeadnodHQ in Granite City.  He's also the host of the popular I Suck at Jiu-Jitsu Show. Known for his “designated winner” framework to collaborative training, Josh's care and attention to detail make him a standout coach and an outstanding resource for grapplers of all levels.

Margot Ciccarelli

Margot “Mars” Ciccarelli is a professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete and coach, winning five World Championships in her colored belt career. She has trained martial arts for over 20 years, initially focusing on Kendo and Chinese martial arts (Wushu and Shaolin Kung fu). Born in the UK, she holds dual citizenship with Hong Kong and Italy. She is now a black belt under Murilo Santana of Unity Jiu Jitsu.

Emily Kwok

Emily is a 4x BJJ world champion, an internationally sought-after instructor, and one of the true pioneers of the sport.  Emily shares her strategies for achieving peak performance and optimizing the self, which she has refined alongside black belt luminaries Marcelo Garcia and Josh Waitzkin.

Rachel Ranschau

Rachel is a black belt under André Galvão and trains out of 10th Planet South Bay.  She's a nationally ranked Jiu-Jitsu athlete, and an outstanding coach in both gi and no gi.  She's excellent at explaining the technical details which make the fundamentals truly effective in competition.

Amanda Bruse

Amanda Bruse, a distinguished black belt under André Galvão, is an accomplished Jiu-Jitsu coach from Atos Jiu-Jitsu HQ, San Diego.  Her accolades include a gold medal at No Gi Pans 2022, with extensive experience at ADCC Trials, No Gi Worlds, and Combat Jiu-Jitsu.  A psychology major, Amanda integrates mental strategy with physical technique in her unique coaching approach.

Drew Foster

Drew “Darce_Knight” Foster is a distinguished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt renowned for his expertise on the Darce choke.  Drew is the host of The Neon Belly Podcast as well as BJJ Mental Models' own State of the Meta podcast.  His pursuit of knowledge led him to travel across the United States, training under and absorbing techniques from some of the sport's most talented practitioners, including Jeremy Owens, Cody Maltais, Brandon Mccaghren, Matt Skaff, David Porter, and Ryan Hall.

Connect with our coaching team and upgrade your Jiu-Jitsu today by activating your free trial here: 👇


And you'll also get Premium-exclusive podcasts!

The Highest Levels

The Highest Levels is our new ongoing monthly podcast, exclusively available on BJJ Mental Models Premium! It's hosted by Emily Kwok and Joe Hannan.

Emily Kwok is a 4x black belt world champ competing under Marcelo Garcia, the founder of Princeton BJJ, and an elite peak performance coach. Joe Hannan is a black belt under Emily, as well as her business partner at Princeton BJJ and the founder of BJJ Meditations.

In each episode, Emily and Joe unpack the art of peak performance: how anyone – even us regular folks – can reach and succeed at (drumroll please) the highest levels.

State of the Meta

State of the Meta is a new BJJ Mental Models Premium podcast hosted by Drew Foster! Drew Foster is a black belt instructor at Elevate MMA in North Carolina. He's perhaps best known as the host of The Neon Belly Podcast, and as frequent contributor Darce_Knight on /r/bjj.

In State of the Meta, Drew will break down the latest developments and lessons from the competitive Jiu-Jitsu scene. Whether you're a hobbyist or a pro, this podcast is your best resource for keeping up to date with the evolving Jiu-Jitsu meta.

Here's some feedback from real subscribers:

Here's an honest, unpaid review from Tammi, one of our long-term Premium subscribers:

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And here are more stories from our subscribers about how BJJMM Premium changed their game:

“Just wanted to say I'm legitimately blown away from the value I've gotten out of this free trial thus far and I will definitely be a continuing subscriber! I thought the podcast content alone was great, but not only do I benefit from the courseware and the footage review service, the help and support I've received from the Discord community just out of the kindness of people's hearts! Maybe it's my upbringing talking, but it typically feels so self-indulgent to receive this much help from people, and to have this many resources shared with me at once, let alone from people I've never met, and during a free trial at that. Just being given the time of day at all means a lot to me. Thanks for all the work you've put into this and of course, thank you for responding to my novel of an email and reviewing my tournament footage! It really means a lot. Being exposed to all this as a white belt is incredible and I'm looking forward to all of the improvements I know l'Il see in my training once my knee is healed. I've been going on and on to my coach and training partners at my gym about how excited I've been about BJJMM.”


“I used all the advice you shared today, and wow! I almost don't believe how effective it was. I rolled against the same big black belt and although I know he is going easy on me, I was able to stay on top the whole round. Can't thank you enough, I've felt so lost against him for years. You guys are the best.”


“Thank you for your sparring analysis! It was super helpful and I look forward to implementing your suggestions in my game. Living in a small town, it's really hard for me to get personalized roll feedback locally. Even when I get offered some by our instructor, they can be inconsistent and hard to work with. Your reviews, platform, and the podcasts have been incredibly helpful to improving my BJJ game. Thanks again and keep up the great work!”


We're trusted by the pros.

Learn how B Team standout Jozef Chen used BJJ Mental Models to accelerate from white belt to the highest levels of competition:

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Our work has been featured in...

Jiu-Jitsu Times

“While these days, jiu-jitsu podcasts may seem like a dime a dozen, a few have skyrocketed in popularity in the past few years, retaining a loyal audience of listeners. Among these is Steve Kwan’s BJJ Mental Models, which focuses on the conceptual side of jiu-jitsu. In its five-year tenure, the podcast has hosted a variety of guests, from highly decorated black belt competitors, to experts on psychology, medicine, and more.”

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Jits Magazine

“Steve Kwan is perhaps best known to the Jiu-Jitsu community as a BJJ black belt under Emily Kwok and the founder of BJJ Mental Models, the world’s leading Jiu-Jitsu education podcast. We were lucky enough to get the chance to sit down with him and our conversation covered several important topics.”

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Time to choose.

If you've read this far, I'm guessing you're interested in seeing how BJJ Mental Models Premium could benefit you! But if you're like a lot of people, you might be hesitant to sign up for something new when you're not sure what the outcome will be.


Here's my recommendation: take a minute to sign up for your free trial right now. It's easy to forget these things if you don't take action right away, so while you're already here, why not sign up for a free trial and give it a shot? You're getting access to a ton of awesome content, coaching services, and community access, and it's completely free for the first 7 days.


If you try it out and Premium wasn't what you expected, no harm done - just cancel and you won't be charged a cent. But if you're like our existing subscribers and it turns out Premium was what you were looking for, this may be the moment you look back on where your Jiu-Jitsu game changed forever.


So take a minute and sign up for your free trial, right here and now: 👇

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