Epi 247 The Performance Equation with Jonathan Thomas

This week we talk with BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas about the elements of performance. You will find Jonathan training and teaching at Valhalla Jiu-Jitsu in Gothenburg Sweden.

We talk about:

  • His early history and success in BJJ
  • Some of his favorite techniques
  • Training according to your body type
  • “If you cant do the move in sparing you cant do the move”
  • The five factors that define performance Technique, Strength, Mobility, Endurance, Mindset
  • How some people put too much emphasis on the mental side of BJJ
  • How to actually learn from your losses
  • How to properly develop technique
  • How he runs a class
  • Finding a training partner to get extra training
  • How to avoid being in a plateau
  • Advice on how to develop your game
  • Using competition footage to learn
  • Building strength for BJJ
  • Training while injured
  • Steroid use in BJJ
  • Training for better endurance
  • Being nervous is normal
  • The limits of confidence
  • Diet and nutrition


Quote of the week:  “Controlling your time helps overcome frustration and brings life into balance and order, giving you the feeling of control and poise.”  Bill Newman

Article of the week: The Artist v The Athlete

















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