Why Train in Mixed Mental Arts? Because in an Ever-Changing World, We Need Minds Like Water.


After studying numerous fighting styles, Bruce Lee observed a major problem with all of them. Fighting styles have an orthodoxy, a rigid way of doing things, making it easy for a fighter from another style to exploit their holes and defeat them.


So Bruce Lee rejected rigidity and created a series of principles and a process for continual improvement. He knew he had to give this approach a name so he called it Jeet Kune Do. It’s defining principle is that of taking whatever is practically useful from anywhere regardless of style.


Out of that basic approach evolved Mixed Martial Arts, which blends the best of all styles rather than rigidly focusing on one. Forms are tested against each other in the octagon, a process that continually evolves the best approach. You can talk all the trash you want, but in the end, your ability to practically deliver is what counts. What can you do in the octagon?


Whether you’ve realized it or not, you’re in the mental octagon. Your thinking is being tested against the thinking of every other human on the planet. Welcome to the Intellectual Thunderdome where the great battles of the Jobocalypse and the Death of Experts will be fought.


If you don’t find the holes in your mental game, then someone else will. They will relentlessly exploit them for their own benefit to succeed economically, socially, or otherwise.


In the spirit of Bruce Lee, we have created Mixed Mental Arts to help you develop a mind like water.


Water is a powerful force with the amazing ability to handle any environment in which you put it. An adaptable mind is the only one that will survive this ever-changing world.


As little children, we are like water; we adapt to any environment we are put into. However, as we grow up, our minds become increasingly rigid. Assumptions set in. We develop rigid identities. We like our latté made a certain way. Re-developing a fluid mind requires unlearning old habits, learning new and better tricks, and relearning skills we may have forgotten but suddenly need.


Mixed Mental Arts is here to help you develop faster and more efficiently by giving you the essential mental tools (link), as well as, providing a gym of supportive people eager to help improve your mental game in preparation for the challenges the world presents. In MMA we don’t beat each other into submission, but rather grapple with the ideas in the cage.


The goal is to develop a mind like water so that our cultural and emotional baggage dies on the mat. MMA is not here to teach you what to think, but instead how to find the holes in your mental game so you can fix them. You’re here to do the same for us. Together we will travel far.


We have created the Mixed Mental Arts belt system to guide you on your journey and to learn to enjoy the process, knowing there is no final destination. The pursuit of mastery is endless.


Jeet Kune Do and Mixed Martial Arts have drawn on the most powerful fighting techniques from all the cultures and styles in the world. In the same way, Mixed Mental Arts takes ideas from all the cultures of the world. You may call it science, religion, good business practices, or military strategy. We call it opportunity. It doesn’t matter where a way of thinking comes from. What Bruce Lee taught about martial arts should also be applied to ideas, cultures, and ways of thinking in the 21st Century.


So why should you train in Mixed Mental Arts? Because this is Humanity’s First Family Dinner and it’s time to grab your seat at the grownups table.


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Right after being born in Saudi Arabia, I was taken to the Callen house. Since then, Bryan and I have travelled the world with our Citibank fathers and somehow ended up in LA together. There we'd run into each other at family gatherings and do something that no one else in LA seemed to be doing: we talked about books. Since Bryan was kind of a big deal, Hunter and Bryan hatched a scheme to use his podcast to get on their favorite authors and professors. Out of that evolved Mixed Mental Arts and this tribe. For me, the marriage of entertainment and education is a return to how things used to be before our culture split story into two separate things. It's exciting to be able to build on the work Katie O'Brien and I did for The Straight-A Conspiracy and expand it out to every area of life. While I play a series of roles in the Mixed Mental Arts community (including Shitty Dutch Uncle and Bryan's #1 fan) my favorite role is as Toto who pulls back the curtain and let's the world see that there are no wizards...only men and women who try and puff themselves up to seem important.

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