Interview with Robert Drysdale on psychology and behavior in MMA and jiu-jitsu

My seventh ‘People Who Read People’ podcast episode is an interview with Robert Drysdale. Drysdale is a well-known Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts expert, champion, and trainer. If you’d like to know more about him, you can read his Wikipedia. He currently operates a training gym in Las Vegas: Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu.

Links to the episode:

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Some basics about MMA and jiu-jitsu for people not familiar with those sports
  • The importance of predicting opponent behavior in competitive fighting
  • How mental visualization has always been something Drysdale has used to prepare for fights
  • The importance of staying stoic before and during a fight
  • How pre-fight behavior and facial expressions can give insight into fighters’ mental states, and maybe even predict a fight’s outcome

In this episode we talk about a few studies. Here those are:

Here’s the YouTube video: