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Embodied Cognition and Martial Arts w/ Sony Sahota

Dusting off the college philosophy muscle.

Today I'm joined Sony Sahota, owner of Praxis Gym and a teacher of judo, wrestling, and jiu jitsu.

In this episode, we discuss how Sony approaches training through the lens of embodied cognition, specifically enactivism. Sony recounts how it changed his entire approach to training, and then we move into a deep philosophical discussion about embodied cognition.

One of my favorite parts of the discussion was when we discussed the role of agency and will within the embodied understanding.

Sony is interesting because he used to make an income from BJJ Fanatics instructionals. After his philosophy of coaching changed, he put his principles first and no longer makes instructionals, instead focusing on his own mat and teaching in-person seminars from an embodied cognition angle.

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Produced by Micah Peacock
Intro Theme by Micah Peacock
Outro Music is Synergy by Juche

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