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Head Games brings cutting edge psychological science to your Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo game—unlocking your potential through high-quality, engaging workbooks and online courses.



The only science-backed workbook that teaches the mental conditioning skills and techniques to improve your Brazilian jiu-jitsu game.



  • Accomplish your Goals: 

    • The workbook will help you set specific goals for the next six months of BJJ (anything from technique improvement to competition outcomes). 

    • Research spanning more than 35 years demonstrates that setting goals increases your effort, motivation, and performance! You will learn to set and track goals to reach the next level. 

  • Get Locked in the Zone:

    • You will be able to quickly assess what you need to get into the “zone.” You will know how to manage the stress of anticipation and anxiety that comes from competing. You will be able to reduce, increase, or maintain the optimal energy level to avoid choking, “spazzing out,” and "adrenaline dump." 

    • Top sport psychologists have repeatedly demonstrated that managing your competition anxiety/energy will help you perform at optimal levels. 

  • Increase Confidence:

    • You will learn to reduce the automatic and hard to notice negative internal messages that come from practicing a challenging sport.  

    • Over the last 30 years, research shows that negative internal thoughts (or negative self-talk) are among the most significant contributors to pre-competition nerves and poor performance. 

  • Increase Performance with Mental Imagery:

    • You will create customized mental imagery or visualizations for practicing techniques and for rehearsing your BJJ competition strategy. 

    • Research findings from hundreds of studies demonstrate that imagery and visualization effectively enhance performance, preparedness, and confidence.


What People Are Saying:

This book was very helpful for my confidence especially competing at the next rank.




average rating is 5 out of 5

The Mental Game workbook helped me focus on the important stuff preparing for competition. Creating my own competition strategy visualization helped me feel calmer, and I had few nerves in the days before and on comp day.

Mark T


Black Belt

average rating is 5 out of 5

It helped me develop my strategy for comp and to help me feel relaxed during comp.



Purple Belt

average rating is 5 out of 5

This workbook is helpful because I can use it over and over. I have more focus in training because I have clear goals. I think it will help my BJJ long term.



Purple Belt

average rating is 5 out of 5

I am starting to feel more confident after using the workbook. I noticed a lot of negative thinking that prevented me from training with harder people at my gym. I recommend it for anyone that wants to focus on their mindset for BJJ.



Blue Belt

average rating is 5 out of 5

As someone who has been searching for a way to step up their athletic performance, I can't recommend this book highly enough. The author shows that physical training to reach your goals is only half of the process and that by having a psychological strategy, you can take your game to the next level. Whether you are prepping for a competition or just looking for a way to improve overall, this workbook will give you the tools you need to enhance motivation, create winning visualizations and condition your brain for better success on the mat.



Blue Belt

average rating is 5 out of 5


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Sample of References:

  • Locke, Edwin & Latham, Gary. (2002). Building a practically useful theory of goal setting and task motivation - A 35-year odyssey. The American psychologist. 57. 705-17. 10.1037//0003-066X.57.9.705.

  • Hatzigeorgiadis, A.,  Galanis, E. (2017). Self-talk effectiveness and attention. Current Opinion in Psychology, Volume 16, 138-142,

  • Montse C. Ruiz, John S. Raglin & Yuri L. Hanin (2017) The individual zones of optimal functioning (IZOF) model (1978–2014): Historical overview of its development and use, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 15:1, 41-63, DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2015.1041545

  • Latinjak, Alexander & Hatzigeorgiadis, Antonis. (2020). Self-talk in Sport. 10.4324/9780429460623. 

  • Weinberg, Robert. (2008). Does Imagery Work? Effects on Performance and Mental Skills. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity. 3. 10.2202/1932-0191.1025.

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