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BjjBrick Podcast- BJJ, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, martial arts, no-gi and good times!

Byron Jabara

We will be bringing you a weekly podcast about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and we have good times while we do it. We hope to flatten your Jiu-Jitsu learning curve, help you get the most out of your grappling ability, and meet your goals both on and off the mat. We have interviews with some of the top BJJ competitors, articles about BJJ, and some of our favorite quotes.

Episodes

Epi 205 Chelsah' Lyons Training Tips and Amazing Stories
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 01:51:11
Epi 205 Chelsah' Lyons Training Tips and Amazing Stories

Chelsah' is a brown belt under Rob Ables at Marcelo Garcia of Dallas. She shares some amazing stories in this interview. She also enjoys competing as much as she can and balancing her busy schedule.

We talk about:

  • Her starting MMA before BJJ
  • Being held up at gun point...... Twice
  • Getting discipline from martial arts
  • How Jiu-Jitsu changed her life
  • Working four jobs and training to compete
  • Some of her favorite techniques
  • Learning to do wrist locks
  • Helping other students
  • Her future in martial arts
  • How she keeps the women's class fun and effective
  • Advice for running a class for women
  • The growth of women in BJJ

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Quote of the week: "Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal." E. Joseph Cossman

Article of the week: Defend the Primary Threat

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Epi 204 BJJ and Weight Loss With Weston Roberts
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 01:42:19
Epi 204 BJJ and Weight Loss With Weston Roberts

Weston is 18 years old, he has lost 100lbs and it is fair to say BJJ has changed his life. He has been training for around three years in Jasper Alabama.

We talk about:

  • Starting BJJ at 280 lbs and getting down to 180 lbs
  • Trading video games for BJJ
  • Getting into a flow state while rolling
  • Tips for learning BJJ
  • Advice for someone starting jiu-jitsu for weight loss
  • Talking to your training partners while you roll
  • Tips for rolling with higher level people
  • Teaching BJJ as a lower belt
  • Making changes to your diet
  • Performing better with a improved diet
  • How BJJ could benefit kids in school

Quote of the week: “There is still no cure for the common birthday.” John Glenn

Article of the week: I think I suck at BJJ

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Epi 203 Mike Bidwell From BJJ After 40
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 01:45:19
Epi 203 Mike Bidwell From BJJ After 40

This week we have Mike Bidwell from BJJ after 40. We cover a huge range of topics in this show.

We talk about:

  • Mike's start to martial arts
  • His early days of BJJ and MMA
  • The value of competing
  • Spending 13 years as a brown belt
  • Moving schools as a brown belt
  • Getting out of shape as a brown belt
  • Setting small goals to get to the next level
  • Talking with an instructor about your next belt
  • As a vegan what he likes to eat before training
  • Why he loves the triangle choke
  • Tips for having a good triangle choke
  • Goals for the BJJ after 40 practitioners
  • Starting BJJ while in your 40's
  • Drilling take downs instead of doing them at full resistance
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Chasing a criminal that was messing with his car
  • Advice for BJJ players older than 40
  • The differences between a black belt and a brown belt
  • What it means to be yourself on the mat
  • The term "Flow Mike Bidwell"
  • Working with Nic Gregoriades
  • The Cryangle choke and how he came up with the name
  • Why the cryangle choke works best against the flexible opponent
  • Creating the body that you want to do BJJ with
  • Looking for the lessons when you get tapped out

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Quote of the week: "No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen." Epictetus

Article of the week: What you need to know when transitioning from the gi

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Epi 202 Things BJJ Can Learn From MMA and Vice Versa
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 01:38:13
Epi 202 Things BJJ Can Learn From MMA and Vice Versa

We can learn lessons from anywhere and find ways to bring these lessons to BJJ. An easy cross over is MMA. This episode we will be applying MMA ideas to BJJ and BJJ ideas to MMA.

BJJ learn from MMA

  • Athleticism maters
  • Top game is fun (and less tiring)
  • Position before submission or winning
  • Getting stuck can be game over
  • Have more than one coach (guard passing coach, takedown coach)

MMA learn from BJJ

  • Cleaner guard passes
  • Try a gi class to roll with the best grapplers in the area
  • Training not to win but to learn
  • Escapes with a gi
  • Long term focus

Quote of the week: "Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they've got nothing to lose." Robin Williams

Article of the week: 3 Michael Langhi's success rules

Mat Tales 24 Bitter Pill to Swallow

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Epi 201 Eddie Fyvie 1st Rickson Gracie Cup
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 01:22:13
Epi 201 Eddie Fyvie 1st Rickson Gracie Cup

This week we talk to Ricardo Almeida black belt Eddie Fyvie. Eddie is organizing an innovative tournament called the Rickson Gracie Cup. This tournament will feature both BJJ, self-defense, and a seminar by Rickson Gracie.

We talk about:

  • The Rickson Gracie Cup September 9 and 10
  • A Rickson Gracie seminar the evening of September 10
  • Promoting self defense with BJJ
  • The basic rules for the self defense contest
  • What is was like to host the biggest BJJ seminar in US history
  • Teaching BJJ to 320 people at the same time
  • What does self defense bring to jiu-jitsu
  • Not having advantages in this tournament
  • Using a stalling clock like a shot clock
  • Giving incentives for competitors to finish the match

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Quote of the week: "You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war." Napoleon Bonaparte

Article of the week: Understand Where The Danger Is! And Don’t Be There!

A special thank you to Berry White for making a brief appearance!

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Epi 200 Kids BJJ Revolution Korbett Miller
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 01:53:56
Epi 200 Kids BJJ Revolution Korbett Miller

We are proud to reach episode 200. We could have not made it without great listeners and guests. At this landmark episode we are thrilled to bring you an interview with BJJ black belt Korbett Miller. Korbett is dedicated to helping schools grow and promoting BJJ to the next generation of grapplers.

We talk about:

  • Being a successful school owner
  • The potential for a youth program in a BJJ school
  • Some of the benefits for kids doing BJJ
  • Kids BJJ compared to other martial arts programs for kids
  • Kids BJJ Revolution online training
  • Having over 200 kids at his school
  • Scheduling a kids class based off of when school gets out
  • How to get kids to pay attention and learn techniques
  • Having drills work like a game
  • Slow and right and fast and tight drills
  • Building grit in kids with BJJ
  • How to properly praise a student by talking about effort or strategy
  • Rolling vs drilling for kids and adults
  • How kids earn their white belt in his program
  • Goals of a kids program
  • Controlling the environment the kids are in not the kids themselves

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Quote of the week: “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” Babe Ruth

Article of the week: 5 Common Mistakes in Cutting Weight

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Epi 199 Venla & Hanna- Juggling Busy Lives and High Performance on the Mat
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 01:47:21
Epi 199 Venla & Hanna- Juggling Busy Lives and High Performance on the Mat

Hanna and Venla are BJJ black belts currently in Sweden from Finland.  They are both active competitors with busy schedules. Hanna is in med school, and Venla is a school teacher. Venla won worlds as a black belt in 2014 the same year she was awarded the rank of black belt.

We talk about:

  • Training BJJ in Sweden
  • BJJ in Finland
  • Treating BJJ as a hobby
  • Venla competing in Finland at ADCC 2017
  • They always follow the same training routine and it is working
  • Training 5-7 times a week
  • Having simple and focused training
  • Doing lots of positional sparring
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Traveling and doing BJJ
  • They share some of their teaching methods
  • Teaching 5-10 seminars a year
  • Teaching training methods not just techniques during a seminar
  • Off the mat benefits they are getting from BJJ
  • Balancing work life with BJJ
  • Dealing with nerves before a competition
  • Avoiding mindless repetitions while training

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Quote of the week: "I wasn't naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; Everything I did in hokey I worked for, and that's the way i'll be as a coach" Wayne Gretzky

Article of the week: Things to Remember When Learning Jiu Jitsu

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Epi 198 Better BJJ Habits For Better BJJ
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 01:07:57
Epi 198 Better BJJ Habits For Better BJJ

Your Habits on and off the mat can have a huge and lasting effect on your performance in BJJ. This episode we discuss some habits you might consider to help yourself become a better grappler.

We talk about:

  • The importance of being consistent with your training
  • The habit of eating healthy
  • Taking notes
  • Keeping notes on injuries
  • Having fun on the mats
  • Rolling one more time after class
  • Be an active listener
  • Have something you are working on while rolling
  • Tap to prevent injury
  • Helping your teammates
  • Share the art of jiu-jitsu
  • Mentally warm up before a roll

Quote of the week: “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” Lou Holtz

Article of the week: Why You’ll Quit Jiu-Jitsu: How to handle these pitfalls!

Garys audio book is called "How to Butter Your Roll, Smooth Jiu-Jitsu"

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Epi 197 Travis Conley- BJJ, Sambo, & Unnecessary Roughness
01:17:50
2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 01:17:50
Epi 197 Travis Conley- BJJ, Sambo, & Unnecessary Roughness

This week we have an interview with Travis Conley. Travis is very active competitor from Kansas City and has a BJJ black belt under Rentao Tavares.

We talk about:

  • Wrestling in high school
  • Doing pro wrestling
  • His start with Jiu-Jitsu
  • His style of grappling
  • Advice for applying more pressure in side control
  • His match with Kyle Sandford in Chokes by the Ocean
  • Doing Sambo internationally
  • Defending submissions in Sambo
  • Dealing with stress during a tournament
  • His thoughts on the current competitive BJJ environment
  • Social media and BJJ
  • Why it is important to stay humble

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Quote of the week: “To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week: How to Care for your Grappler

Mat Tales Episode 21 Bad Boy Shorts and Dad Bod

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Epi 196 Nathan Orchard Talks Grappling Systems, Creativity, Competition, and Much More
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 01:45:06
Epi 196 Nathan Orchard Talks Grappling Systems, Creativity, Competition, and Much More

Nathan Orchard is a Tenth Planet black belt under Eddie Bravo. You will find Nathan training in his gym in Portland Oregon.

Nathan Orchard talks about:

  • Wrestling as a kid
  • Doing MMA when he was 16 years old
  • His start to Jiu-Jitsu
  • Seeking knowledge over comfort
  • Learning by studying instead of a traditional coach
  • The development of his double under system
  • Closed loop and open loop systems for grappling
  • Watching competitors to develop a game plan
  • Working with a Samuri sword and learning about footwork
  • Advice of not comparing yourself to others
  • How following his desire to draw has benefited his life
  • Why it is important to tollow your passions
  • The Book of Five Rings
  • Jiu-Jitsu broken down into transitions, positions, and submissions
  • Submissions broken down into bars, twists, and compressions
  • His thoughts on when to learn heelhooks
  • How he is able to train defense with lower belts
  • His attitude toward his teammates
  • Taking the role of a servant to his students

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Quote of the week: "Practice makes permanent"

Article of the week: BJJ Seminars…. get the most out of them

Roll-a-Thon July 22 at Fox Fitness BJJ

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Epi 195 SBG Black Belt Leah Taylor
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 02:05:43
Epi 195 SBG Black Belt Leah Taylor

Leah Taylor is a BJJ black belt under Matt Thornton and Travis Davison training at Straight Blast Gym of Montana. Leah is a competitor and coach, she recently took bronze at her weight class at worlds.

We talk about:

  • Her start to martial arts
  • Rolling for the first time with a woman during a competition
  • The mental side of competing
  • Using meditation for get better results on the mat
  • Doing MMA at fusion fight league
  • Dealing with a panic attack while training MMA
  • Teaching women's self defense classes
  • Non martial arts ideas to help keep women safe
  • Warning signs of a abusive relationship
  • What having a begginer program has done for SBG in Kilispell Montana
  • A beginner class is 50 percent female
  • Dealing with rough training partners
  • When someone should consider competing
  • Her future plans for competing
  • Other competitive sports she has done
  • Why she is always trying to finish the match

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Quote of the week: "There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” -- George Shinn

Article of the week: Bronx teacher uses jiu-jitsu teachings to keep kids out of trouble

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Epi 194 Steve Maxwell Talks About Fitness, BJJ at 64, Diet, and More
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Epi 194 Steve Maxwell Talks About Fitness, BJJ at 64, Diet, and More

This week we bring you an interview with one of the top fitness coaches in the world and Durty Dozen BJJ Black Belt Steve Maxwell.

We talk about:

  • His start to fitness
  • How Olympic lifts slowed his athletic process
  • Finding success with wrestling
  • Doing BJJ at 64 years old
  • Using less than 60% of your strength while training
  • How to tell if you are using too much strength while rolling
  • The difference between Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and BJJ
  • Body weight exercises vs weights
  • The concept of time under load while working out
  • Avoiding injuries on the mat
  • Traveling and doing BJJ
  • Early training with Royce Gracie
  • Helping your training partners become better teammates
  • Not depending too much on grips
  • The health effects of competitive Jiu-Jitsu
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Some tips he uses to get the most out of his food
  • Exercising while fasting
  • Not eating breakfast
  • The fitness test of a 24 hour fast

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Quote of the week: "The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison." James Cash Penney

Article of the week: The five commandments of the underhook half guard

Jaramie Parrish talks with us about a We Defy Foundation Roll-a-thon at Fox Fitness

Gary's audio book is called "The Alligator tooth"

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Epi 193 How to Evaluate Your BJJ Game for Better Results
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 01:34:51
Epi 193 How to Evaluate Your BJJ Game for Better Results

Take a proactive step and evaluate your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game. This can pay off huge in performance and enjoyment. Many people stress working hard and smart. Evaluating your game is a smart move toward future success. After all working really hard on all the wrong things is not an effective use of your blood, sweat, and tears.

We talk about:

  • The difference in being evaluated by your coach and yourself
  • Why evaluate your game
  • Finding your strengths
  • Finding your weaknesses
  • Are your favorite moves actually good for your game?
  • Setting the right goals
  • The dangers of comparing yourself to your teammates
  • A good way to compare yourself to your teammates
  • Evaluate why are you getting injured
  • Is your game deep and narrow or wide and shallow
  • The value of elevating your game

Quote of the week: "Just for today" series of quotes

Article of the week: HOW TO MAKE A SEMINAR RAPIDLY IMPROVE YOUR BJJ

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Epi 192 Roli Delgado Talks BJJ, MMA, Business, Coaching, and More
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 02:06:06
Epi 192 Roli Delgado Talks BJJ, MMA, Business, Coaching, and More

This week we bring back a listener favorite Roli Delgado. Roli has been a BJJ black belt for ten years. He runs a very successful school in Little Rock, and he is well known for his ability to perform and teach leg locks. Roli trains with GFteam and his coach is Denilson Pimenta.

We talk about:

  • His off the mat life and changes toward jiu-jitsu
  • Changes in his coaching jiu-jitsu
  • The difference between coaching and teaching
  • Coaching a student that is having a difficult time finishing a match
  • The mental side of competing
  • His martial arts background
  • How he learned to work off the fence at TUF
  • Training with Billy Robinson
  • How Billy Robinson would answer questions differently than you would expect
  • Catch wrestling as a sport and it's uses for MMA
  • How dangerous heel hooks actually are
  • The rule sets he likes
  • He explains the funnel concept for BJJ
  • Developing athleticism and doing BJJ
  • Dealing with a hand injury
  • He gives us a cheat sheet for running a BJJ gym
  • Interesting thoughts on handling complements

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Quote of the week: "Our Greatest Glory Is Not in Never Falling, But in Rising Every Time We Fall" Mr. Anonymous

Article of the week: Three Types Of Students Instructors Can’t Stand by Mark Mullen

Korbett's Kids Epi 4 Dealing with challenging students

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Epi 191 Nic Gregoriades From Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 01:45:21
Epi 191 Nic Gregoriades From Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood

This week we have an interview with Roger Gracie black belt Nic Gregoriades. Nic shares some of his amazing BJJ journey with us this week.

We talk about:

  • Getting his black belt from Roger Gracie in 4 years
  • His plans to move to the United States
  • How teaching has affected his own growth
  • His training before he became a black belt
  • How your BJJ changes as you age
  • Starting a Jiu-Jitsu Sisterhood
  • Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood
  • What Brotherhood means to Nic
  • Why it is important to eat good quality foods
  • The Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood logo
  • BJJ for Yoga

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Quote of the week: "Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant" Robert Louis Stevenson

Article of the week:We are joined this week for by the Author Miles Brown from Forge Fitness Studio in Wichita. Do ice baths work for recovery?

Mat Tales 19: Legend Down Under

Yoga for grapplers review https://youtu.be/84Kj-r1m8pg

The Bring Your Dad to BJJ seminar is June 17 at fox fitness.

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Epi 190 Learn Why Elizabeth Clay Has Had Such A Fast Start To Grappling
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Epi 190 Learn Why Elizabeth Clay Has Had Such A Fast Start To Grappling

Elizabeth Clay is in the record books as the youngest person to qualify for ADCC. She trains in Anchorage Alaska at Legacy Jiu-Jitsu. She has been training since the age of twelve. We are excited to watch her compete in the 2017 ADCC.

We talk about:

  • Starting BJJ at twelve
  • The game she like to use for competitions
  • How her game changes based on the rules
  • Training for worlds and ADCC
  • Training 7 days a week and 2-4 times a day
  • Swimming and hills for cardio
  • Graduating school early
  • Her team is basically all male
  • Listening to music before competing
  • Competing in the adults division to get good matches

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Quote of the week: "Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip Toe if you must, but take a step." Naeem Callaway

Article of the week: Why I Do Jiu-Jitsu by Joe Thomas

The Referee Corner Part 5 Hand Signals Check out the Grappling Referee here

June 17th is "Bring Your Dad to Jiu-Jitsu Day"

Gary's audio book is called "tippy toe to a double leg"

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Epi 189 Using Your Gifts to Get Better at BJJ
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Epi 189 Using Your Gifts to Get Better at BJJ

It is important to look at yourself and reflect about what attributes you have that can help you get better at BJJ. We look at Physical, Mental, and Situational advantages (Gifts) you have and how to get the most out of them.

Gary as a big good looking gift. This image is a prank that Gary was unaware of.

Some of the physical gifts we talk about:

  • Speed
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Your height

Some of the mental gifts we talk about:

  • Patience as a student and instructor
  • Having a memory for technique
  • Being a people person
  • having a competitive spirit

Some of the situational gifts we talk about:

  • Having a great BJJ gym near you
  • Having a stable family life
  • Having a supportive spouse or partner
  • Being healthy
  • Being part of a great team
  • Having a great coach
  • Being financially stable

 

Pranks pulled on Gary this week: The golden girls song around 57min when he is talking about how great a training partner Byron is. Gary was unaware of the gift image with Gary's face.

Quote of the week: "Wouldn't it be great to be gifted? In fact.... It turns out that choices lead to habits. Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts. You're not born this way, you get this way." Seth Godin

Article of the week: Visiting another school…. Getting the most out of a drop in

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Mat Tales 18 Hitting the Road for BJJ

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Epi 188 Chop Certified With BJJ Legend Dustin Denes
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2017-09-21 04:56:44 UTC 02:20:59
Epi 188 Chop Certified With BJJ Legend Dustin Denes

The List of people that have tapped out Marcelo Garcia is short but it includes Dustin Denes AKA Clean. Enjoy this weeks interview because it is going to be like nothing you have heard before.

Dustin Denes "Clean" teaching a seminar at fox fitness.

We talk about:

  • Becoming a Brazilian National Champion in 2000
  • Tapping out Marcelo Garcia with a RNC
  • Being certain that you will be successful
  • Tapping into your full potential
  • Motivation vs discipline
  • How he developed discipline as a boy
  • How he got the name "Clean"
  • Chasing efforts
  • The definition of "Chop Certified" and "Jiu-Jitsu Chop"
  • Teaching productivity while doing a BJJ seminar
  • Why he learns everyone's name while teaching a seminar
  • Why he teaches a smaller number of techniques that you will be able to remember
  • Why you have a good side and a great side not a bad side
  • Tips on goal setting
  • How pain motivated him to win tournaments
  • Why it is important to make some sacrifices when preparing for a tournament

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Quote of the week: "I only train on days ending in a Y." Neil Ohlenkamp

Article of the week: Hey, Jiu-Jitsu Competitors, Stop Apologizing For Your Losses

Gary's book this week is called "The Hair Lock"

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Epi 187 A Look Into Special Operations Combatives Program With Greg Thompson
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Epi 187 A Look Into Special Operations Combatives Program With Greg Thompson

This week we have an interview with Greg Thompson. Greg is the creator of SOCP (Special Operations Combatives Program) www.socp.info. On March 23, 2010, SOCP became the first officially designated combatives program for all U.S. Army Special Operations Forces. ERB Codes: (SOCP I: BRT), (SOCP II: FBR) SOCP is now the standard program for fighting in kit. Greg is also training Federal and State Law Enforcement, FBI, ATF, Border Patrol and Special Contract Units.  Continue reading about Greg Thompson here.

We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts and wrestling
  • What is was like training in the early days
  • Getting started in training people in special operations
  • Some of the tactical decisions a law enforcement officer must make
  • Why it is important to know the limits of what you are training
  • His conversations with a closed minded martial artist
  • Training safely for violent encounters
  • Controlling the distance
  • Knowing how to use the proper force multiplyer
  • Knife training and common mistakes with training with knifes
  • What someone doing BJJ can do to prepare for self defense
  • Grappling and training with a knife
  • Grappling with teams or more than one vs one
  • Police officers dealing with stress and the use of force
  • How to de escalate self defense situations
  • How to avoid legal trouble for defending yourself
  • The pros and cons of different self defense tools
  • How to protect yourself from a home invasion
  • How to avoid someone breaking into your house
  • How to deal with a home invasion situation
  • Creating safe habits
  • Using your BJJ skills if you get a job in the military or law enforcement

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Quote of the week: "No intelligent man has ever lost a fight to someone who said 'I'm gonna kick your ass" Rory Miller

Article of the week: A Complete Victory by a 1% Margin

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Epi 186 Rising Grappling Star Conner DeAngelis
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Epi 186 Rising Grappling Star Conner DeAngelis

This week we have an interview with Atos rising star Conner DeAngelis.

We talk about:

  • Moving to Atos to train BJJ
  • His style of game
  • Getting double gold at worlds in blue belt nogi and winning Pan Ams
  • How bad coaching can effect sports performance
  • A lesson learned from a loss
  • Dealing with nerves before competing
  • Cooking advice for young athletes
  • His training schedule

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Quote of the week: "Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.” Pat Tyson

Article of the week: 7 Reasons Your Jiu-Jitsu Isn't Getting Better

Gary talks about his book he is going to release called "Cooking the cauliflower ear with Mike Tyson"

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Epi 185 An Amazing Story and Advice From Sarah Draht
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Epi 185 An Amazing Story and Advice From Sarah Draht

This week we have an interview with BJJ brown belt Sarah Draht. She has been training since 2005. She shares her wealth of experience in Muay Thai, BJJ and MMA.

We talk about:

  • Her start in martial arts
  • Some of the things that make her passionate about BJJ
  • Running a women's Muay Thai program
  • How a bad car accident almost killed her and kept her off the mat for four years
  • Recovering from her car accident
  • Mind Gym : An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
  • How to avoid getting injured before a tournament
  • Advice for women transitioning from BJJ to MMA

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Quote of the week: "'Find a job you like, and you add five days to every week." H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Article of the week: Live Sparring/Free Rolling: Get more out of it than just a good fight

Safe word of the week: Peanut butter

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Epi 184 The speed of your Jiu-Jitsu
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Epi 184 The speed of your Jiu-Jitsu

This week we talk about an important and sometimes overlooked attribute to BJJ. The speed of the game may be something you use to your advantage or something that you are find yourself working to mitigate.

Gary has no idea that I put him in the movie poster from the movie speed. -Byron

We talk about:

  • Tips for the slower grappler
  • Some techniques that are better done slowly
  • Why your speed may leave you some day
  • When you should slow down or speed up
  • How to speed things up
  • How to slow things down
  • The speed of particular positions

Quote of the week: "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." not by Anita Goodman but the quote was said by Og Mandino

Article of the week: Positional Sparring: Getting the most out of it

Korbett’s Kids Epi 3-  Korbett Miller answers a question about kids and drilling. Check out Korbett’s website here for more info on developing a strong kids program at your academy.

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Epi 183 Gina Franssen From X2 Fitness
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Epi 183 Gina Franssen From X2 Fitness

This week we have an interview with Gina Franssen. Gina is Minnesota’s first female Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. You can find her at her female focused gym X2 Fitness. We cover a wide range of topics in this interview.

Gina Franssen (far right)

We talk about:

  • What BJJ was like for women fourteen years ago
  • How she was involved in a women's only BJJ school
  • Adding men to what was once a women's only BJJ school
  • What she looks for in quality male training partners
  • How she got started in martial arts
  • A tip to find a gym while traveling
  • Advice for women starting BJJ
  • Why it is important to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable

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Quote of the week: People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way. A. C. Benson

Article of the week: Drilling: How To Get the Most Out Of It

The Referee Corner Epi 4: Why does the referee alter the gi?

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Epi 182 Chokes and Jokes With Submission Ace Dominique Bell
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Epi 182 Chokes and Jokes With Submission Ace Dominique Bell

Dominique Bell is a brown belt training and teaching at Atos Jiujitsu HQ - San Diego. Dominique has been on fire on the mats and is definitely a person you should be watching. In his spare time he is the person behind BjjComics.

We talk about:

  • Training BJJ full time
  • Training in the army combative program
  • Moving across the country to train at Atos
  • BjjComics.com
  • Similarities of BJJ and rock climbing
  • The differences in his gi and nogi game
  • His bottom game strategy for nogi
  • His first experiences doing jiu-jitsu
  • How he prepares mentally and physically 30 min before a mach
  • Why it is so important to have a game plan

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Article of the week: Competing in mid-adulthood: How to train to win after age 35

Quote of the week:  "It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it." Voltaire

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Epi 181 Interview with Kim Pruyssers
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Epi 181 Interview with Kim Pruyssers

This week we bring you an interview with Kim Pruyssers. Kim is a purple belt in BJJ, she recently placed silver at Pan Am. You can find Kim training at Pacific Top Team in Corona California.

We talk about:

  • Juggling a busy life and training BJJ
  • Her competition history
  • Training full time and raising four boys
  • Transitioning from only training with the gi and now doing no-gi
  • Some of her favorite attacks
  • Her first experiences with Jiu-Jitsu
  • Her women's only program and why it is successful
  • Lessons she has learned by coaching
  • Why some women's classes fail
  • Her strategy for competing in open weight
  • Advice for women starting BJJ in a class with all men
  • Training on a busy schedule
  • Advice for dealing with frustrations on the mat

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Quote of the week: "If your arm breaks do not stop, if your windpipe is crushed keep going, your knee gets destroyed, why stop. Always, always keep going forward. Your body will heal itself so no reason to slow down."-Jeffery Gloover

Article of the week: 3 Tips To Improve Your Takedowns

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Epi 180 The Aging Grappler
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Epi 180 The Aging Grappler

Are you a little (or a lot) older than most of your training partners? Today Gary and Byron speak from their experience and offer advice to the aging grapplers out their doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

We talk about:

  • Age on the mat is relative
  • How to roll the odometer back on your mat age
  • Changing the way you view yourself
  • Dealing with your own ego as you age
  • Making changes to your game to fit to your body
  • Getting better with age
  • Finding joy in watching your team get better
  • Benefits of being a little older
  • Tips for starting BJJ as an older student
  • Setting a schedule that is healthy for training

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Quote of the week: "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Mark Twain

Article of the week: Training Partners Trump All

Byron pulls two pranks on Gary one that spans 5 episodes about Gary taking your back literally. The other is Byron saying song titles with the word time in them during the show.

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Epi 179 Pedro Sauer 8th Degree Coral Belt
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Epi 179 Pedro Sauer 8th Degree Coral Belt

We are very excited to bring you an interview with a grappling legend. Pedro Sauer earned his Black Belt from Helio and Rickson Gracie in 1985. He now shares his over 40 years of experience on the mat. Joining the interview with Pedro Sauer is a past guest on The BjjBrick Podcast Brent Lillard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We talk about:

  • His start in Jiu-Jitsu in the early 1970s
  • The BJJ belt system after black belt
  • Continuous learning on the mat
  • How to avoid missing training time due to injuries
  • Learning Jiu-Jitsu vs Jiu-Jitsu or Jiu-Jitsu vs bad guy
  • The importance of learning self defense first in your training
  • Creating a learning culture
  • How you can train with Pedro Sauer in Brazil
  • Training camp in Petropolis, Brazil
  • Staying safe while in Brazil
  • Saving money when you book your flight to Brazil
  • What Pedro Sauer was like as a blue belt
  • His experience fighting Mr. Utah
  • Advice for the grappler that can not train everyday
  • Advice for the older grappler
  • Being able to teach Jiu-Jitsu

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Quote of the week: "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up" Babe Ruth

Article of the week: "The Worst Grappler on the Mat"

Mat Tales 16 "Solo Club"

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Epi 178 Amazing Tips and Advice From Black Belt Matt Jubera
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Epi 178 Amazing Tips and Advice From Black Belt Matt Jubera

This week we have an interview with Second Degree Ribeiro Black Belt Matt Jubera. He as won pan ams multiple times in different divisions.

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Starting wrestling in highschool
  • Using his wrestling in BJJ
  • Why being a little bit lazy can help you add efficiency to your BJJ
  • Using a heavy pressure style
  • Focusing on the bread and butter moves
  • The idea of training ugly
  • Upcoming competitions
  • Tips for how he has been able to stay injury free
  • Tips for preparing mentally for a competition
  • Advice for training on a busy schedule
  • Competition training advice
  • Building a good defense your first few years

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Quote of the week:This week we have three quotes presented by Neil Melanson.

  1. Iron sharpens Iron, so one person sharpens another Proverbs 27:17
  2. As a coach figure out why not how
  3. Loyalty goes two ways

 

Article of the week: Are You Doing the Right Things Before and After BJJ?

Gary's audiobook is called "Iron Sharpens Iron, Just Like Gary Sharpens Byron"

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Epi 177 Legendary MMA Grappling Coach Neil Melanson
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Epi 177 Legendary MMA Grappling Coach Neil Melanson

This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Neil Melanson. Neil is one of the top MMA coaches teaching grappling. Neil is the former Head Grappling coach at both Xtreme Couture Las Vegas and Alliance MMA you will now find him as Head Coach of The Blackzillians MMA Team. Neil has coached many fighters including Dominic Cruz, Randy Couture, and Michael Chandler.

We talk about:

  • Not training with the gi
  • What is catch wrestling
  • The rules, submissions, and tactics of catch wrestling
  • Ground fighting for MMA
  • Why some wrestlers struggle doing MMA grappling
  • Neutralizing an athletic opponent
  • The importance of having a good attitude for training
  • Learning things from lower belts
  • The problem with hierarchy in grappling
  • How to make grappling more interesting
  • Being able to submit someone that is better than you
  • The changes in the leg lock game
  • His Catch Wrestling Formula DVD
  • Using the cage for grappling in mma

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Quote of the week: "To get better you have to step out of your comfort zone. You can't do the same things you've always done & improve." Jordan Burroughs

Article of the week: There are Two Types of Coaches. Which are You?

The Referee Corner Epi 3 Belts getting untied

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Epi 176 Top Mistakes Made in BJJ
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Epi 176 Top Mistakes Made in BJJ

Today we are talking about mistakes made on the mat. We share some personal stories and things we have noticed.

We talk about:

  • What Byron did as a purple belt that was a mistake for around a year
  • A basic principal Gary learned as a white belt
  • Learning how to take advice from your coach
  • Mistakes made as an instructor
  • Not tapping fast enough
  • Being over confident when starting BJJ
  • Having the right amount of tools in your tool basket
  • Avoiding leg locks
  • Fighting from your knees
  • Not doing the right type of drilling
  • Not letting injuries heal

Quote of the week: “The best advice I was given if that if you want to succeed and you want to achieve, you have to learn how to handle failures.” Mike Scioscia, MLB champion manager

Article of the week: Charismatic Leadership or Personality Cults in Jiu Jitsu: The Fine Line Between Respect and Worship

Korbett's Kids Epi 1-  Korbett Miller answers a question about kids training to compete. Check out Korbett's website here for more info on developing a strong kids program at your academy.

Garys audio book is called "The Tool Basket for BJJ, Find the Right Tool for the Job"

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Epi 175 Bernardo Faria 5X World Champion
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Epi 175 Bernardo Faria 5X World Champion

We are so happy to have Bernardo Faria as our guest on this week's episode. It has been a while since we have had him on the show, and we have some catching up to do.

We talk about:

  • Setting big goals
  • His plans for 2017 worlds
  • His off the mat plans
  • How getting older has affected his training
  • Why his style of BJJ game is good for the ageing player
  • How the half guard was discovered
  • His game plan
  • How he developed his game plan by only doing techniques that worked well for him
  • The growth of his blog and helping the BJJ community
  • Weight cutting and weight management
  • He has never got a DQ for missing weight
  • His diet for dropping the pounds
  • Tips for white belts competing
  • A look into turning white belts blue
  • Going to BJJ to learn and have fun
  • He answers questions for our blue belt episode
  • Focus on learning BJJ not tapping people out
  • Opening up his own school

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Quote of the week: "Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing." Oscar Wilde

Article of the week: 22 Off The Mat Habits That Will Improve Your On The Mat Performance

Mat Tales #15 Mexican Standoff

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Epi 174 No-Gi 2016 World Champion Josh Hinger
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Epi 174 No-Gi 2016 World Champion Josh Hinger

We are excited to bring you an interview with BJJ Black Belt Josh Hinger. Josh is a first degree black belt under Andre Galvao. Josh also recently won the Medium Heavy weight class at 2016 no-gi worlds.

We talk about:

  • How he got to know Andre Galvao
  • Training with and without the gi
  • Cutting weight for BJJ or no-gi
  • His experience at no-gi worlds 2016
  • His thoughts on sub only matches
  • Trash talking in BJJ
  • The growth of Jiu-Jitsu
  • His start in BJJ
  • Competing in the adult division
  • His DVD Hingertine
  • Dealing with anxiety on the mat
  • Mental preps for competition
  • Hesitation is the death of Jiu-Jitsu technique
  • Tips for beginners
  • How difficult it can be to start BJJ

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Quote of the week: "Being angry and resentful of someone is like letting them live rent-free in your head." George Foreman

Article of the week: No Time Machine ... Only Heating Seeking Missiles

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Epi 173 BjjBrick Coach of the Year Larry Keith
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Epi 173 BjjBrick Coach of the Year Larry Keith

We are proud to have Larry Keith as the BjjBrick coach of the year. Larry has been training martial arts for around 35 years. Larry is a third degree black belt in Kodokan Judo and a brown belt in BJJ. He enjoys mixing throws with ending up in a dominant position. This is a great interivew with a outstanding person that we

We talk about:

  • Starting his martial arts program
  • having a large kids group
  • He is a big guy and he talks about not using it too much
  • How to turn a student into someone who can be more aggressive
  • Starting his own dojo
  • Working with the local boys and girls club helping to prevent bullying
  • Zero tolerance policy in public schools
  • Using a buddy system to prevent bullying
  • The goals he has when teaching kids judo and jiu-jitsu
  • Getting kids to do martial arts for their lifetime
  • Kids and competing in tournaments
  • Giving kids a leadership role on the mat
  • The importance of a family atmosphere in BJJ
  • Learning by teaching
  • His plans for competing more

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Quote of the week: "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." Thomas Jefferson

Lesson of the week: Dealing with traffic and taking a detour to still reach your goal.

The Referee Corner “Epi 2 Sandbagging” starting at 1h33m

Gary's audio book is called "rolling with ghost- breaking spirits instead of elbows"

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Epi 172 Six Amazing Black Belts Answer Questions About Blue Belts
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Epi 172 Six Amazing Black Belts Answer Questions About Blue Belts

This week we have a HUGE episode. We take six well known and respected black belts and ask them all the same five questions about blue belts. There are some similarities and differences within these interviews but the amount of jiu-jitsu wisdom about blue belts in this episode is amazing.

The five questions we asked to the six black belt guests

  1. Do you have requirements for a blue belt? What are they?
  2. How important is it for students to be able to "defend" their belt?
  3. How many intangibles (good teammate, good effort, helps others) come into play when promoting someone to blue belt?
  4. Do you ever regret giving someone a blue belt?
  5. What advice to you have for the new blue belt?

 

Tim Sledd 24m 25s

  1. Tim explains some of the techniques he requires for a student to know before receiving a blue belt.
  2. Tim talks about why some students get tapped by lower belts and if it is a big deal.
  3. Why he looks at character of a student not just technique, and how this can hold someone back.
  4. Why he has no regrets of any belts he has given out.
  5. Advice for the new blue belt.

Matt Thornton 58m 30s

  1. How he evaluates blue belts based on performance, and not looking at particular techniques.
  2. Why it is important for your first blue belts to be very good at a school.
  3. The importance of having good people on the mat.
  4. Why he is confident in all his blue belt students.
  5. Why it is important to relax and work on open guard as a blue belt.

Bernardo Faria 1h 17m 30s

  1. Bernardo talks about Fabio Gurgel's system to get a blue belt a student must attend 120 classes.
  2. The idea of not tapping to a lower belt is an old mentality.
  3. Having a bad attitude will hold students back.
  4. Not having an actual belt test, and not regretting giving someone a blue belt.
  5. Keep your ego low, and work on learning jiu-jitsu.

Daniel Covel 1h 25m 05s

  1. His minimum requirements of techniques for a blue belt. The responsibilities of the instructor to the students.
  2. The importance of learning from your mistakes, and making adjustments.
  3. Why it is important to have good people and teammates on the mat.
  4. He has no regrets about any of his past blue belts.
  5. It is important to recognise the hard work on the mats.

Henry Akins 1h 42m 50s

  1. Understanding the basic positions and a handful of basic submissions.
  2. Why some upper belts get caught by lower belts.
  3. Why it is important for a blue belt to be a good training partner.
  4. Why getting tapped out is part of the learning process
  5. Why blue belts should work hard to develop a strong base.

John Will 1h 59m 30s

  1. Why he likes having requirements for blue belts but not so many for other belts.
  2. It is rare for a colored belt to get tapped by a lower belt, but it is no big deal.
  3. Why the culture of the gym is so important. The concept of a ox neck and rat's head.
  4. It is often normal to feel like you don't deserve a new belt
  5. Ask five simple questions for every technique you learn to learn more details.

Mat Tales 14 Mouse in the House

Quote of the week: "Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." Lao Tzu

Article of the week: Production Now and Production Long Term

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Epi 171 The Se7en Deadly Sins and BJJ
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Epi 171 The Se7en Deadly Sins and BJJ

Could one of the seven deadly sins be holding you back in BJJ? What we can learn from them to avoid problems on the mat. Today we break down how the deadly sins can be holding you back. The sins are; Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, and Sloth.

We talk about:

  • Pride, and the difference in being confident and having too much pride
  • What is feeling too proud of a tournament or belt promotion
  • Being envious of training partners or coaches
  • Getting mad while training
  • How to tell when you have a passion for something or a lust
  • How being greedy with your knowledge and time on the mat will hurt you
  • How laziness even when you show up can greatly slow your progress
  • The mistake of only doing the fun parts of BJJ

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Quote of the week: "Never settle" Dr. Jen Case

Story of the week: How my dogs can drop everything at a moments notice and chase a squirrel, and how this can related to your BJJ training.

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Epi 170 Black Belt Dr. Jen Case
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Epi 170 Black Belt Dr. Jen Case

This week we bring you an interview with Dr. Jen Case. Dr. Case has a PhD in human nutrition, she studies nutrition and sport performance. Dr. Case is a black belt under Renato Tavares and she trains in Kansas City with Jason Bircher.

We talk about:

  • How Jiu-Jitsu has effected her education
  • The idea of passive insufficiency and BJJ
  • Comparing a black belt to a Phd
  • The importance of strength and skill on the mat
  • Weightlifting for BJJ
  • Diet tips for better performance on the mat
  • What you should eat based on the time of day
  • Cutting weight
  • Teaching women's only seminars
  • Advice to women who are new to BJJ
  • Advice for students going to school and BJJ
  • Goals for new students
  • A women's only BJJ seminar Feb 4, 10-11:30 that she is teaching

Links: Kansas City BJJ

Quote of the week: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."  Aristotle

Article of the week: Meet the 5 worst enemies of the BJJ fighter

We also debuted our new segment The Referee Corner "Epi 1 Most common mistake in BJJ"

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Epi 169 James Clingerman of The Fight Hub
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Epi 169 James Clingerman of The Fight Hub

James Clingerman is a 3rd degree black belt in BJJ, and he has been teaching BJJ for almost 17 years. Along with running The Fight Hub he teaches in his academy in Indianapolis, Indiana.

We talk about:

  • Some of the DVD's he has produced
  • How he got into the business of producing BJJ DVD's
  • How he has used BJJ to help overcome social anxiety
  • His start in martial arts as a kid
  • Trying "fake Jiu-Jitsu"
  • His story of how he survived getting shot in the face while in his car
  • How BJJ helped him survive
  • His lasting effects from the shooting
  • Why he changes he game to be a better instructor
  • The fight hub selling gear
  • The advantages to learning from a professionally made video
  • Training tips
  • Tips to making a game plan

Links:

Quote of the week: Top 25 Funny and Ridiculous Quotes in Sports

Article of the week: All or nothing

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Epi 168 Keys To A Strong Kids Program With Korbett Miller
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Epi 168 Keys To A Strong Kids Program With Korbett Miller

This week we are proud to bring you Korbett Miller. Today you will learn a lot about developing the next generation of BJJ practitioners. Miller is a first degree BJJ black belt under Saulo and Xande RIbeiro. This episode is a must listen for anyone involved with teaching BJJ to adults or kids.

We talk about:

  • Overcoming difficulties as a kid with martial arts
  • The current coaching environment for kids programs
  • How to teach kids differently than adults
  • Teaching on command
  • Drills that are played as games
  • Getting deliberate practice
  • The "Dead Bug" drill to help learn the hip bump sweep
  • Character development for kids in BJJ over other martial arts
  • Fixed mindset vs growth mindset
  • Why you should avoid "Person Praise" to students
  • The importance of a great introductory lesson for kids
  • Some of the details of the introductory lesson
  • Why he does not give kids a belt without earning it first
  • The importance of focus and respect
  • Having kids be a first time listener and doing things the right way right away
  • Not just letting the new kids just blend in with the rest of the class
  • Why almost no one regrets long term martial arts training
  • Developing a talent hot bed in your school
  • Why he encourages kids to compete
  • What to say to a kid after a loss
  • Lessons learned while competing
  • How to let kids start rolling
  • How to teach kids submissions
  • How he has attracted 250 kids to his BJJ school
  • Developing a kids program
  • Marketing a kids martial arts program

Links:

Quote of the week: "Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man." Benjamin Franklin

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Epi 167 Review of 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017
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Epi 167 Review of 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017

The last episode of 2016 for The BjjBrick Podcast. We take this time to reflect on the news and developments of the last year, and look forward to the next year. We recommend that you do the same.

We talk about:

  • Successful changes in our diets
  • Gary quitting drinking Mt. Dew
  • Playing a game that requires a heavy gripping
  • Leg locks and Heel hooks
  • Submission only tournaments and matches in 2016
  • Ryan Hall in the UFC
  • Mathematical breakdown of the matches at worlds in 2016
  • Highlighting chokes from the back, armbars, closed guard sweeps
  • Taking the back from passing the guard
  • Evaluations of our BJJ games over the year
  • Why Byron quit doing triangle chokes in February
  • Why Gary has backed off of his wrestling this year
  • Leg drags and leg locks
  • The future of The BjjBrick Podcast
  • Why Byron would want a BJJ match with Timothy Ferriss

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Quote of the week: "Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed." Cavett Robert

Article of the week: BJJ Grips: Reevaluating Your Goals

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Epi 166 Get Inspired by Glenn Jarrell
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Epi 166 Get Inspired by Glenn Jarrell

Glenn Jarrell and Byron Jabara

This week we have an interview with 58 year old brown belt and competitor Glenn Jarrell. We have been wanting to get Glenn on the podcast for quite sometime, you will soon find out why as Glenn shares some of his story.

We talk about:

  • Why he started BJJ at 47 year old
  • Using his high school wrestling to start BJJ
  • Training BJJ at 58 years old
  • Having a supportive family
  • Why he stuck with BJJ after trying many other exercises
  • Why he started competing
  • Competing against younger competitors
  • Competing at big tournaments
  • Winning purple belt Masters 6 at worlds
  • His training schedule
  • What he does differently to prepare for a tournament
  • Changes that he has made to his diet
  • Dealing with back pain
  • Working for the Kansas athletic commission at MMA events
  • Advice for someone starting BJJ in their late 40's

Links: Glenn trans at Fox Fitness in Wichita

Quote of the week: "A good hockey player plays here the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." Wayne Gretzky

Article of the week: 3 Fixes for sore fingers in bjj

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Epi 165 Precise Pressure Passing with Paul Schreiner
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Epi 165 Precise Pressure Passing with Paul Schreiner

This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Paul Schreiner. Paul is black belt under Claudio Franca, you will find him training at the Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York. Paul recently came out with a DVD called Precise Pressure Passing.

We talk about:

  • What got him started in BJJ
  • Overcoming injuries
  • Watching BJ Penn back in the day
  • Training with Marcelo Garcia
  • Being able to adapt parts of your game based on what you see in your opponent
  • Why it is important for you to have confidence in your technique
  • His goals with his new DVD
  • Precision, Pressure, and Antipation with passing the guard
  • Why it is important to be able to hold someone down for the BJJ person
  • Why he likes to force his opponent to half guard and then pass
  • Using half guard as an offensive tool
  • The importance of putting yourself around great people

Links:

Quote of the week: “When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ....” Henry Ford

Article of the week: Yes, You CAN Keep Training When You’re Injured… If You Do It Right

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Epi 164 A Study of 4 White Belt World Champions 2016
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Epi 164 A Study of 4 White Belt World Champions 2016

This week we interview four people who won IBJJF worlds as a white belt. This is a great way to find out how some people are finding competition success early on in their BJJ career.

Janine Mutton (20m 40s)- Middle From Action & Reaction Mixed Martial Arts Toronto. Janine started BJJ with no background in martial arts. She quickly found a passion for being on the mat and training hard.

Janine Mutton

Janine talks about:

  • Starting BJJ
  • Setting the goal of winning worlds
  • Competitions before the worlds
  • Making an eight week plan
  • Training 3 or 4 times a week to avoid over training
  • Positive self talk
  • Pressure passing with her body type
  • The take down game
  • Her favorite submissions
  • Her training schedule
  • Her background in body building and soccer
  • Doing squats and deadlifts
  • Advice for white belts

Maui Lacaze (39m 56s)- Light Feather From GF Team. You will find Maui training at Millenium. Maui was able to submit all his opponents at worlds.

Maui Lacaze

Maui talks about:

  • Winning every match at worlds by submission
  • What BJJ is like in French Polynesia
  • Starting BJJ with his cousin
  • His game plan
  • His training schedule
  • Surfing
  • His plans for competing in the future
  • Getting his blue belt

 

Gabriela Lembcke (45m 40s)- Rooster From Alliance. You can find Gaby training at Snow MMA. She credits some of her early success to wrestling and having a great BJJ team. You can watch a video of Gaby's match in the finals here.

Gabriela Lembcke
  • What got her started in BJJ
  • Training at Snow MMA with Samuel Snow
  • Having confidence in her BJJ
  • Her favorite submissions
  • Her off the mat training
  • Her diet and having a nutritionist
  • Her background in wrestling in highschool
  • Advice for white belts that want to compete

 

George Mandujano (57m 15s)- Ultra Heavy From Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu. George trains at Ralph's House Fight Gym

George Mandujano
  • What got him started in BJJ
  • Staying calm
  • Not working too hard for a submission
  • How he starts his matches
  • Playing a top game
  • His wrestling background
  • How playing football helped make him tough
  • His strategy while on the mat
  • His plans for the future
  • A recent match that resulted in a knee injury
  • His training schedule
  • Training with other gyms
  • Training with smaller teammates
  • Not being affraid to ask questions

 

Quote of the week: "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. This will teach you to keep your mouth shut." -Ernest Hemingway

Article of the week: Why Everyone Should Lift Heavy

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Epi 163 Get Better Faster With Two Moves From Each Position
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Epi 163 Get Better Faster With Two Moves From Each Position

We are excited to talk about this great training method for everyone from white belt to black. This can be a way to quickly help you develop and find the best techniques for your game.

W e talk about:

  • The advantages of working on two techniques at the same time for each position
  • The mount from top and bottom
  • Side control both top and bottom
  • A tip for escaping side control
  • Attacks and escapes from the back
  • Why rescricting your options can make you better
  • How long you should work on the same techniques
  • Developing your game over the long term
  • Tips on developing a guard
  • Tips on learning guard passes

Quote of the week: "No pain no gain" presented by Rodrigo Pinheiro

Article of the week: How to Train When You Have No Time

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Epi 162 Interview with Rodrigo Pinheiro
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Epi 162 Interview with Rodrigo Pinheiro

This week we have an interview with Rodrigo Pinheiro. Pinheiro is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu he has been training BJJ for 27 years and MMA for about 10 years. He is currently running martial arts school in San Antonio, Texas. 

We talk about:

  • His start with martial arts
  • Training with Pete Spratt
  • Adding striking to his training
  • Fighting in Bellator
  • Expanding his school
  • The importance of having respect in his school
  • The goals he has for his team
  • Some of the changes to BJJ over the years
  • The benefit of self confidence when someone competes in BJJ
  • Doing in house tournaments
  • Why many students quit BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: "There's two types of people in this world: Those who are humble and those who are about to be" presented by Alex Ecklin

Article of the week: Half guard history and it’s most used variations

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Epi 161 Alex Ecklin and the Unique Concept of Masterskya
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Epi 161 Alex Ecklin and the Unique Concept of Masterskya

We have an interesting interview this week with Alex Ecklin. Alex is a high level black competitive black belt and he has recently opened his own BJJ school with a unique concept.

We talk about:

  • Starting Jiu-Jitsu at 17 years old
  • Overcoming early obstacles in BJJ
  • Not using athleticism to do well in BJJ
  • The donation based payment system that Masterskya uses
  • Yoga to the people format
  • The advantages of having a donation based school
  • The rules he has for the school
  • How he came up with his low suggested donations
  • Some goals for his school
  • BJJ being a new martial art and having room to grow
  • How to calm your nerves when competing by preparing
  • How a tournament and the training process helps you grow
  • Mistakes made with injuries when he was younger
  • Training with a busy schedule
  • How to effectively use online resources

Links:

Quote of the week: "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals." Henry Ford

Article of the week:The Top 3 Reasons to Sign Your Kids Up for BJJ

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Epi 160 Advice and Lessons From Hope Uzcategui
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Epi 160 Advice and Lessons From Hope Uzcategui

We hare happy to bring you an interview this week with brown belt Hope Uzcategui. Hope is a two time IBJJF World Champion (2011 white belt, 2014 purple belt). She is also a manager and instructor at Alliance Fitness Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.

We talk about:

  • Winning IBJJF worlds as a white belt and purple belt
  • Her start in BJJ wanting to do MMA
  • Meal prepping for a healthy diet
  • The benefits of swimming for BJJ
  • Advice for goal setting
  • Her game plan for winning worlds as a white belt
  • How and why her game has changed over the years
  • How to find the best moves for you to work on
  • Her training schedule
  • Learning as an instructor
  • Obstacles for many women starting BJJ
  • Advice for cutting weight
  • She also shares some stories about cutting weight
  • Differences with teaching kids and adults

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Article of the week: Leverage

Quote of the week: Trying to model expert behavior without walking in the experts footsteps almost certainly guarantees a poor result" John Will

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Epi 159 Shades of Grey in BJJ
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Epi 159 Shades of Grey in BJJ

This week we are breaking down the topic of, when is something wrong to do? When is it okay? When is it in a grey area?

We talk about:

  • We break down the grey areas based on who you are and who you are training with
  • We set some Goals about safety, learning BJJ, and enjoyment
  • The rear naked tooth smash or cross face
  • Knee on belly
  • Twisting or grabbing fingers
  • Smashing someone with pressure
  • Cross face
  • Using your head to push on someone
  • Twisting someones head
  • Smothering someone with a hand over the mouth and nose, or other torso
  • Pulling on forehead or nose to get a choke from the back
  • Talking your way out of a submission
  • The too tired tap or quitting in a bad spot
  • The not clean grappler
  • Rolling with ringworm
  • Rolling with the flu
  • When to let go of the submission
  • Getting mad when you get tapped
  • Talking while rolling

Links

  • The Triple Lindy

Quote of the week: "To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe" Marilyn vos Savant

Article of the week: 9 Things I Learned in my First Year of Jiu Jitsu

Mat Tales 7 The Triple Lindy

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Epi 158 The Grappling Referee David Karchmer
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Epi 158 The Grappling Referee David Karchmer

This week we bring you an interview with BJJ black belt & referee David Karchmer. Over the last eight years David has officiated more than 3,000 gi and no-gi matches. It is great to share with you this conversation with such an experienced Referee.

We talk about:

  • What got him started as a referee in 2008
  • How some of the rules have changed over the years
  • Video instant replay in BJJ
  • Using digital score boards in BJJ
  • The idea of using a body cam on a referee
  • Evaluating footage from a spectator
  • Trends in BJJ techniques
  • Being a referee with different rules
  • Improving as a referee
  • Having unified rules for BJJ or submission wrestling
  • What referee is in charge of the match
  • Is competitive BJJ being true to the roots of the martial art
  • The idea of a hidden score card
  • What motivated him to become a referee
  • What happens when a referee raises the wrong hand
  • Deciding who wins a tied match
  • How the knowledge and experience of the referee can effect the match
  • How someone can learn to become a referee
  • Why the best referee teams work an hour then take an hour break
  • His thoughts on AJ Agazarm vs Vagner Rocha
  • Outlawing jumping closed guard
  • Keenan Cornelius vs Tarsis Humphreys

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Quote of the week: "It annoys me when people who don't know what they're talking about boo the referee." Jonah Lomu

Article of the week: Stop Warming Up, Start Learning Up

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Epi 157 Jiu-Jitsu Medic Peter Daniel
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Epi 157 Jiu-Jitsu Medic Peter Daniel

This week we are joined by the Jiu-Jitsu Medic Peter Daniel. Peter is third year medical student at University of Singapore. When he is not studying for school he is a blue belt training at Impact MMA.

We talk about:

  • Causes of cauliflower ear
  • Going to the doctor for cauliflower ear
  • Signs of cauliflower ear
  • The treatment process for cauliflower ear
  • Who is likely to get cauliflower ear
  • Draining your ear at home
  • What happens to your brain when you are choked out
  • Cerebral Hypoxia
  • Getting dizzy during a choke
  • Skin infections
  • Identifying bacterial, fungal, and viral infections
  • Common infections in BJJ
  • Ring worm
  • Staph infections
  • A story about an knee injury
  • Training and having a busy schedule

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Quote of the week: "I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you." Joyce Meyer

Article of the week: Journal Your Training and Journey

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Epi 156 BJJ in China with Andy Pi
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Epi 156 BJJ in China with Andy Pi

This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Andy Pi. Andy is a pioneer in bringing jiu-jitsu to China. He also won the first televised MMA fight in China. There is a lot of ground covered in this interview as we talk about jiu-jtisu in China.

We talk about:

  • His start in Jiu-Jitsu in 1994
  • His MMA that was the first fight on broadcast TV in China
  • Early Jiu-Jitsu in USA and China
  • Jiu-jitsu in Beijing
  • A critical look at Jiu-Jitsu in China
  • MMA compared to self-defense
  • ADCC in China
  • People doing Jiu-Jitsu for fun
  • Kids doing Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why instructors are a big factor in determining if students stick with grappling
  • New students avoiding injuries
  • The idea of "go hard or go home"
  • A lesson on checking your ego

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Quote of the week: "Friendship.. is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." Muhammad Ali

Article of the week: On the Meaning of a Belt

Gary tells us about his book he is working on called "The Jiu-Jitsu Guide to Halloween"

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Epi 155 Matt Thornton & Self-defense
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Epi 155 Matt Thornton & Self-defense

This week we bring you a special interview with one of our most popular past guests Matt Thornton. This interview has a central focus on self-defense and real world violence. Not only is Matt a BJJ black belt and a world class coach, he also has extensive knowledge about what BJJ can do for you in a life and death struggle.

We talk about:

  • A brief bio of Matt Thornton
  • The goals of his book that he is working on
  • Why violence is natural
  • Why it is so important to have resisting opponents
  • Law enforcement and self-defense training
  • What all SBG coaches have in common (a search for the truth)
  • Statistics on violence
  • Why some young men are attracted to violence
  • Bullying in school
  • Teach kids how to talk to strangers and how to be assertive
  • Things criminals look for in a victim
  • Keeping self-defense a topic in training BJJ
  • Police doing BJJ
  • Adding a striking martial art (without getting damage to your brain)
  • His thoughts on Krav Maga
  • MMA and self-defense
  • Dealing with multiple attackers

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Quote of the week: "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn for a wise answer." Bruce lee

Article of the week: How I progressed at BJJ going to class 6 or 7 times a month

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Epi 154 Scrambling
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Epi 154 Scrambling

This week we are talking about scrambling. We want to give some tips and help bring order to this potentially chaotic situation.

We talk about:

  • Defining a scramble
  • Finding order in a scramble
  • Who benefits in a scramble
  • Common positions to create a scramble
  • Ways to end the scramble
  • Tips to win a scramble

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Quote of the week: "Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos." Stephen Soundheim

Article of the week: Something You Need to Know About the BJJ Gauntlet

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Gary's audio book this week is "The Scramble, What Fighters Eat For Breakfast"

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Epi 153 Could Nicky Ryan Be The Future Of Submission Grappling?
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Epi 153 Could Nicky Ryan Be The Future Of Submission Grappling?

This week we bring you an interview with rising no-gi star Nicky Ryan. You will find 15 year old Ryan training with John Danaher, Eddie Cummings, Garry Tonon, and his brother Gordon Ryan.

We talk about:

  • What got him started
  • Home schooling this year 
  • Having John Danaher as a home school teacher
  • The home school laws for New Jersey
  • His daily routine
  • The game he plays the most and how it is changing
  • Working on his top game
  • Competing with adults 
  • Quickly developing skill
  • Training leg locks safely
  • Passing the guard and attacking the legs
  • Training wrestling for take downs
  • Losing weight
  • The benefits of submission grappling for kids
  • Having a complete game
  • Competing for money

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Quote of the week: "Fall down 7 times get up 8" Japanese Proverb Presented by Dainis Nguyen

Article of the week: The Ultimate Micro Game

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Epi 152 Double Black Belt Dainis Nguyen
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Epi 152 Double Black Belt Dainis Nguyen

This week we bring you an interview with double Black Belt Dainis Nguyen. Dainis started judo as a kid and eventually moved to BJJ. He is an active competitor in BJJ both gi and no-gi, with many exciting matches under his belt.

Photo by Afrobraz

We talk about:

  • Starting martial arts with judo
  • Blending judo and BJJ
  • His new gym Team DNA BJJ
  • The social atmosphere in his gym
  • The process of opening a BJJ gym
  • His competition goals
  • Nutrition advice
  • Developing healthy eating habits
  • Why it is important to be persistent in BJJ
  • The 3 different type of training partners you need (+=-)
  • First tournament advice

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Quote of the week: "There is little success where there is little laughter" Andrew Carnegie

Article of the week: 10 Ways to Improve Your BJJ While Off the Mats

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This week Byron is working on an audio book called "How I Submit People On The Mat With Laughter"

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Epi 151 Steven Patterson is Coaching, Competing, and Running a School
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Epi 151 Steven Patterson is Coaching, Competing, and Running a School

This week we bring you an interview with BJJ Black Belt Steven Patterson. Steven is training under Comprido, and he is a 14X Chicago Open Champion and he took 2nd at no-gi Worlds. We have a great conversation about training, competing, and teaching.

We talk about:

  • What got him started in BJJ
  • His first tournament
  • His odd experience training BJJ with his first instructor
  • Being asked to try Ayahuasca
  • Evaluating an opponents stance
  • What to do if you have a tournament you are not happy with
  • His match in fight to win on Sept 24 vs Chris Hartwig
  • His experience as being a IBJJF referee
  • University of Ground Fighting
  • Starting his gym as a brown belt
  • His gym in New Lenox, Illinois
  • Developing a kids program
  • How teaching kids changed the way he teaches adults
  • Why people start BJJ
  • How BJJ is like skateboarding

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Quote of the week: "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." Lao Tzu

Article of the week: Sharpening the Ax

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Epi 150 We Share Tips For Bringing A Friend To Class
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Epi 150 We Share Tips For Bringing A Friend To Class

This week we have a important topic about bringing a friend to BJJ class. When you bring a friend you want them to have a good exposure to the martial art. This episode we have lots of tips about bringing a friend to their first BJJ class.

We talk about:

  • The benefits of bringing your friend to class
  • The goal of safety and fun for your friend
  • Taking away the initial stress of going to their first class
  • Why you should be at the class for their first day
  • Tricks for remembering names
  • How to get them to have fun on the mat
  • Telling them about the format of the class
  • What to do after the class is over
  • Why people may want to try a class
  • The follow up phone call the next day

Quote of the week: "Death is certain life is not" presented by Brent Lillard

Article of the week: How Do You Measure Progress?

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Gary's audio book this week is called "measuring up your submissions, Subs for people who are over 7 ft tall"

Epi 149 Employees & BJJ with CEO Brown Belt Brent Lillard
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Epi 149 Employees & BJJ with CEO Brown Belt Brent Lillard

Brent Lillard is a brown belt that confounded a business called Govsmart in 2010, selling IT products to the government. Govsmart is a 69 million dollar business and was listed as number 20 on the Forbes list of America's Most Promising Companies. Brent credits much of culture of his business and the team to the fact that many of them train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Brent Lillard (photo by Alex Brown)

We talk about:

  • How Govsmart was started
  • Some of his perfected methods and techniques of taring
  • Keeping it playful vs keeping it real
  • Why the basic techniques are so important
  • How BJJ became a part of Govsmart culture
  • The incentive program for employees to do BJJ
  • How he brings a new employee to try the mats
  • A comparison between the culture of BJJ and the corporate world
  • The story of an employee that lost 160lbs
  • Other team building activities for work
  • Dealing with an employee with a bad attitude
  • How BJJ has effected turnover of employees
  • Selling the idea of doing BJJ to employees
  • Training with a busy work schedule
  • Training safely
  • Personality traits that do well in BJJ

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Quote of the week: "Correction does much, but encouragement does more." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Article of the week: 5 lessons to learn as a white belt that will be worth for your entire Jiu-Jitsu journey

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Epi 148 Jonathan "The Scorpion" Uzcategui
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Epi 148 Jonathan "The Scorpion" Uzcategui

This week we bring you an interview with Jonathan Uzcategui. Jonathan is a great coach and competitor. We are excited to bring you an interview with him covering a wide range of topics.

We talk about:

  • His personal history in BJJ
  • Training with Rubens "Charles" Cobrinha as his first instructor
  • His wife Hope Uzcategui 2X IBJJF world champion
  • His style of training
  • Why he likes to partner up training partners for the best training
  • Training new students
  • Organizing a weekly schedule
  • Using video to evaluate his students and give them advice
  • Working escapes when you are tired
  • Treating visitors correctly
  • Crawl, walk, run

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Quote of the week: "Trust in god" and believe in your self, have faith in your self, and work really really hard" Tom Deblass

Article of the week: Five things every new/visiting student should receive on their first visit to your gym

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Gary's book this week is called "Foot in Mouth, the Unknown Move Called the Dentist"

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Epi 147 Hard Charging Nice Guy Tom DeBlass
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Epi 147 Hard Charging Nice Guy Tom DeBlass

This week we bring you an interview with coach and competitor Tom DeBlass. Tom has been a black belt for 9 years, and competed of many stages. In fifteen years of competition he has given up less than 12 points, and he has never had his guard passed to side control. Tom is not just know for his competitive background and personality, he is also know for being a world class coach.

We talk about:

  • His thoughts on training with a Gi
  • Why people train Jiu-Jitsu
  • The changes in the BJJ culture over time
  • Advice for someone that had a hard training day
  • Why most people quit BJJ
  • Why it is important to keep grappling fun
  • Teaching leg locks to white belts
  • Advice for people who can only train once a week
  • Competing with perfect jiu-jitsu
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Taking supplements

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Quote of the week: "Sometimes life's going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith." Steve Jobs

Article of the week: Baby, Don’t Hurt Me by Marshal Carper

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Epi 146 Synergy Movement Therapy With Shawn Kitzman
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Epi 146 Synergy Movement Therapy With Shawn Kitzman

This week we talk to Shawn Kitzman. Shawn will help to keep you on the mat longer and moving better. He works with a large variety of athletes and he enjoys traning BJJ. We are happy to have him share some of his knowledge and help everyone deal with the problems that our bodies can give us.

We talk about:

  • The healing arts and martial arts
  • His start with BJJ
  • The importance of being physically active
  • Ken Blackburn
  • Motor control or muscle memory
  • Common jiu-jitsu injuries
  • Dealing with lower back pain
  • What pain is telling you
  • How past injuries can effect you now
  • How to tell if you are just sore or actually injured
  • Keeping a pain journal
  • Using a foam roller
  • DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
  • How to find a good PT in your area
  • Changes to make when you compete

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Quote of the week: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison

Article of the week: 5 MISTAKES YOU ARE DOING IN TRAINING

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Gary's audio book this week is called "Overalls and Underhooks- The Hillbillies Guide to Grappling"

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Epi 145 Daniel Strauss The Raspberry Ape
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Epi 145 Daniel Strauss The Raspberry Ape

This week we bring you an exciting interview with Daniel Strauss also know as "The Raspberry Ape". Daniel is one of the top European grapplers, focusing mostly on no-gi. Daniel is a black belt training under Roger Gracie and Nick Brooks.

We talk about:

  • What got him started in Jiu-Jitsu
  • What he does off the mat to get stronger
  • Bending horse shoes
  • Developing grip strength
  • Why he likes the butterfly guard for no-gi
  • The culture of BJJ and strong man
  • The Raspberry Ape Podcast
  • His views on getting a new belt in BJJ
  • How he gets mentally focused to compete
  • Advice for doing a tournament for the first time
  • Dealing with nerves and pressure
  • Dealing with bad days
  • Why being a blue belt is fun
  • Showing vs teaching a technique
  • Training with your mind off of the mat

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Quote of the week: "Small changes can make a big difference"

Article of the week: Samurai Business Man Destroys Competition By Training Employees In BJJ

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Epi 144 Shannon Kitchen Shares His Amazing Story
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Epi 144 Shannon Kitchen Shares His Amazing Story

This week we bring you an amazing story from Shannon Kitchen. Shannon is a blue belt training in Kentucky under Relson Gracie. Shannon has a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the bellybutton down, and he is legally blind. This interview will leave you motivated to keep training and enjoying the process. 

We talk about:

  • How he injured his spinal cord
  • Doing self defense from a wheelchair
  • Starting BJJ
  • His favorite techniques
  • How BJJ has helped his balance
  • What it was like to get his blue belt
  • Rolling for the first time
  • Grapplers heart
  • Rolling with glass still in his face under his skin

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Quote of the week:  "A lot of my intensity in wrestling was due to my mental preparation before the matches. I got myself into a different world." Dan Gable

Article of the week: Roll Longer As A BJJ White Belt With These Simple Tips

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Epi 143 3rd Degree Black Belt Alan Shebaro
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Epi 143 3rd Degree Black Belt Alan Shebaro

This week we bring you an interview with Alan Shebaro. Alan is a 3rd degree Black Belt under Carlos Machado. Not only does he have a Black Belt in BJJ he also has a long list of experience in the military.

Alan Shebaro second from the left.

We talk about:

  • What BJJ was like when he first started
  • Transitioning from a guard player to a top player
  • A few of the operations he was involved in over seas
  • The importance of teaching the "why" behind techniques
  • The idea of not being able to train outside your school
  • Why most people have a hard time coaching him
  • The status of BJJ in Dallas
  • We Defy Foundation
  • Mission 22
  • Working with Joey Bozik
  • The importance of working take downs
  • His views on guard pulling
  • Chris Haueter
  • Brian Marvin
  • How to be a certified We Defy Foundation affiliate

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Quote of the week: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Marianne Williamson Shared by Kristina Barlaan

Article of the week: Confessions of a hobbyist black belt

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Epi 142 Black Belt Kristina Barlaan Part 2
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Epi 142 Black Belt Kristina Barlaan Part 2

This week we bring part 2 of our interview with BJJ black belt Kristina Barlaan. Kristina is a top level black belt competitor under Caio Terra. She recently took silver at worlds her first year in the black belt division.

We talk about:

  • Her competition history at worlds
  • Competing in the adult division vs the masters division
  • Getting sliver her first time in the black belt division
  • The mental side of competing against people you have watched for years
  • Her strategy for doing the open weight division as a light feather weight
  • Her plans for the rest of 2016
  • Advice for people doing their first tournament
  • Accepting being nervous
  • Dealing with the difficult things that come with tough training

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Quote of the week: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin

Article of the week: "How to train and adult at the same time"

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Gary tells us about his upcoming audio book about BJJ and Tap dancing.

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Epi 141 Black Belt Kristina Barlaan Part 1
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Epi 141 Black Belt Kristina Barlaan Part 1

This week we bring you an interview from BJJ black belt Kristina Barlaan. Kristina is a top level black belt competitor under Caio Terra. She recently took silver at worlds her first year in the black belt division.

We talk about:

  • Her first experience doing BJJ
  • How BJJ effected her personal life
  • Her first impressions of Caio Terra
  • Starting BJJ at 21 years old
  • Why the gi made it easier for her to learn
  • The mental side of competing as a blue belt
  • Putting expectations on herself

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Quote of the week: "Jiu-Jitsu is easy, it is the people that make it hard" presented by Ricardo Tubbs

Article of the week: Park and Roll

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Epi 140 Ricardo Tubbs DFKC
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Epi 140 Ricardo Tubbs DFKC

The week we bring you an interview with BJJ black belt Ricardo Tubbs. Ricardo is a black belt under Master Ricardo Cavalcanti, he is also the owner of Da Firma Kimono Company.

We talk about:

  • What makes Da Firma Kimono Company different
  • Why they have 49 different sizes of kimonos
  • Some challenges with starting a gi company
  • Tips for caring for your gi
  • Keeping the color in your gi
  • BJJ and the navy
  • BJJ in schools
  • Advice for a student doing a first tournament
  • The importance of basics
  • Advice for doing no-gi from a mostly bjj background

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Quote of the week: "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life" Muhammad Ali

Article of the week: Purple Belt a.k.a. "The Rolling Belt" 

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Epi 139 Jimmy Fortunato and The Good Fight
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Epi 139 Jimmy Fortunato and The Good Fight

This week we bring you an interview with Jimmy Fortunato. Jimmy started a tournament company called "The Good Fight" in 2008. Jimmy started training jiu-jitsu in 1997, and his experiences competing ultimately lead him to make some improvements to BJJ tournaments. A couple of years ago The Good Fight switched from a point based tournament to a submission only tournament.

We talk about:

  • Why he started The Good Fight
  • A little bit of history behind The Good Fight
  • Making the change to sub only
  • The basic rules
  • The goals of the tournament
  • Jiu-Jitsu Theatre
  • Advice for kids doing a tournament
  • Advice for parents
  • Some of the most popular submission in competition

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Quote of the week: This quote was presented by Ken Blackburn "Don't pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one." Bruce Lee

Article of the week: 5 Reasons You Should Say “Hello” to the New Student in Your BJJ Class From Jerry Tsui 

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Epi 138 BJJ & Kettlebells With Ken Blackburn
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Epi 138 BJJ & Kettlebells With Ken Blackburn

This week we bring you an interview with Ken Blackburn. Ken is a coach and athlete. Ken is a life long martial artist and he holds an american Kettlebell record in the Chair Press. Ken has been doing BJJ for about 17 years, and he is happy to help introduce the BJJ community to the benefits of Kettlebell and other training methods. In 2008 Ken along with his partner Steve Cotter founded the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF).

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ and Kettlebells
  • Kettlebell sport
  • Some benefits that Kettlebells bring to BJJ
  • Work capacity
  • Developing mental toughness
  • Grip endurance and strength
  • The Bulgarian Bag
  • Mace and clubs
  • Animal movements
  • Why you should warm-up and cool down
  • How to do a proper warm-up and cool down
  • How to keep motivated
  • Training movements vs training muscles
  • Mapping out your goals
  • The culture of the Kettlebell community
  • Common mistakes with strength and conditioning
  • A schedule for doing strength and conditioning

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Quote of the week: Our quote this week is the Oath of Kings and Champions by Travis Stevens. It will motivate you.

Article of the week: 10 Habits of Successful BJJ Competitors

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Byron is working on a new audio book about kennel cough and BJJ

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Epi 137 USA Judo Olympian Travis Stevens Part 2
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Epi 137 USA Judo Olympian Travis Stevens Part 2

This week we bring you part 2 of our interview with Travis Stevens. Travis competed on the USA Olympic Judo team in 2008 and 2012. Travis also has a black belt in BJJ.

We talk about:

  • The lack of money in USA Judo
  • What it will take to grow Judo in the United States
  • The possibility of BJJ being in the Olympics
  • Matches ending in a gentleman's agreement
  • Going from white belt to purple belt and skipping blue belt
  • How he learned techniques as a white belt
  • Why he recommends that new students do not watch YouTube

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Quote of the week: "Even though you're growing up, you should never stop having fun." Nina Dobrev

Article of the week: "Tap or Nap! BJJ Chokes From a Doctor's Perspective" Doctor Warren Wang

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Epi 136 USA Judo Olympian Travis Stevens Part 1
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Epi 136 USA Judo Olympian Travis Stevens Part 1

This week we bring you an interview with Travis Stevens. Travis competed on the USA Olympic Judo team in 2008 and 2012. Travis also has a black belt in BJJ. Travis shares some of his story and gives advice during this interview.

We talk about:

  • Doing sports as a kid
  • Getting a serious injury as a kid
  • What got him into BJJ
  • Drilling for Judo
  • Some reasons why BJJ and Judo do not mix well
  • We look at the rules of BJJ and no-gi
  • Grip fighting in BJJ and Judo
  • What it is like being an Olympic athlete
  • The Judo culture vs the BJJ culture

Links:

Quote of the week: "Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." Dennis P. Kimbro

Article of the week: "Your Promoiton Is Not Your Report Card" from Show The Art

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This week Claudio teaches us how to tell time and the days of the week Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Epi 134 Australian Star Grappler Jess Fraser
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Epi 134 Australian Star Grappler Jess Fraser

This week we bring an interview with brown belt Jess Fraser. Jess is the founder behind Australian Girls in Gi (AGIG), AGIG is over 1,000 members strong. Jess is also an active competitor meddling twice at ADCC and bringing home a silver from Worlds. Check out this link for a more detailed bio of Jess.

We talk about:

  • The start of Australian Girls in Gi
  • The goals of AGIG
  • A summary of her competition history
  • The different focus points for competing and running an organization
  • Advice to new grapplers
  • Some of the key benefits of BJJ
  • How to beat someone that is better than you
  • Goals as a brown belt
  • Common questions that most people ask her

Links:

Quote of the week: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

Article of the week: "Principle: ‘Forcing’ Positions aka Directing"

Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out.

This week Claudio teaches us how to say "Ambulance, Police, Doctor, Taxi, Hotel, Restaurant, Restroom,  in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Epi 133 Multi Black Belt Tim Cartmell
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Epi 133 Multi Black Belt Tim Cartmell

This week we bring you an interview with life long martial artist and BJJ black belt Tim Cartmell. Along with his BJJ black belt Tim is an eighth degree black belt in Kung-Fu San Soo.

We talk about:

  • Started studding Chinese martial arts in 1972
  • Moving to China in the 70's
  • What it was like doing martial arts in China
  • What martial arts are like in China now
  • Working as a stunt man in movies
  • How to gain sensitivity to BJJ
  • Tips for people starting BJJ
  • His goals as an instructor
  • how he likes to run a class
  • Adding self defense to your BJJ
  • Learning some striking
  • The idea of being able to access your jiu-jitsu
  • Recommendations for learning striking
  • Tips for someone doing their first tournament
  • Having a limited schedule and still getting good at BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: “…look he carry all of my weight. That’s another theory of jiu-jitsu. When I rest I should put him to work so I don’t get tired and he get tired. He spend energy.” Demian Maia

Article of the week: The dangers of “I’ll Do Jiu Jitsu When…”

Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out.

This week Claudio teaches us how to say "do you speek english?" in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Gary's audio book this week is called "The Spam Sweep"

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Epi 132 The Man Behind The Popular Choke Joe D'arce
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Epi 132 The Man Behind The Popular Choke Joe D'arce

This week we bring you an interview with Joe D'arce. Joe shares his name with the famous BJJ and MMA choke the "Darce Choke". This interview covers a wide range of topics including how the choke got it's name, and advice for newer grapplers.

We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts
  • How the Darce choke got it's name
  • Tips on how to teach the Darce choke
  • Tips on finishing the Darce choke
  • The history of the Darce choke
  • Running his school
  • First tournament advice
  • How to deal with frustrations on the mat
  • How important it is to have a good mindset

Links:

Quote of the week: "I get up before the sun comes up and get shit done" Adam Wheeler

Article of the week: "Foot Beats Face: Mat Awareness and Safety in BJJ" Valerie Worthington on Breakingmuscle.com

Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out.

This week Claudio teaches us how to say "Yes, No, Good, and Bad" in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out.

Byron is working on a new audio book called "Why Do I Wear My Gi When I Mow My Lawn?"

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Epi 131 Olympic Medalists and BJJ Black Belt Adam Wheeler
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Epi 131 Olympic Medalists and BJJ Black Belt Adam Wheeler

Adam Wheeler is a BJJ black belt that also has a bronze medal from wrestling in the 2008 Olympics. We are thrilled to cover a huge range of topics with such a motivating person.

Adam Wheeler being awarded the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics

We talk about:

  • Wrestling as a kid
  • Having the lable of a chubby kid
  • Wrestling both Greco-Roman and Freestyle
  • How important his wrestling coach was to him as a kid
  • Transitioning from wrestling to BJJ
  • Winning gold in no-gi black belt open division masters 1 in 2014
  • Learning from competing
  • Competing as an underdog
  • Getting coaching advice from Rulon Gardner
  • He shares some stories from the Olympics
  • What he does off of the mat
  • What he wants his kids to get out of sports
  • What he tells his kids after a competition
  • Getting his black belt quickly
  • Adamwheelerfitness.com

Links:

Quote of the week: "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." Confusiuos

Article of the week:  50 Killer Tips For BJJ White Belts

Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out. 

Here is a link to Byron's full review of this gi, and here is a link to our gi guide.

This week Claudio teaches us how to say "You're Welcome" in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Gary's audio book this week is called "The Tortoise and the Hare the Untold BJJ story"

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Epi 130 Marshal Carper From Artechoke Media
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Epi 130 Marshal Carper From Artechoke Media

This week we have an interview with Marshal Carper. Marshal is a busy guy writing the books "The Cauliflower Chronicles", "Marcelo Garcia Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques", and the game "Dojo Storm".  These things are just a short sample of the work that he has done and will continue to do.

We talk about:

  • Training with injuries
  • His books
  • The app Dojo Storm
  • Preventing injuries
  • Training with BJ Penn
  • Training with big name people in BJJ
  • Making adjustments to your game
  • Dealing with fake black belts
  • 3D Jiu-Jitsu
  • Teaching classes
  • Getting tapped by lower belts
  • The 10,000 hour rule
  • Advice for new students that want to compete

Links:

Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out.

Quote of the week: Presented by Dan Covel "Success isn't owned it's leased. And rent is due every day." J.J. Watt

Article of the week: berwickleader.com.au Medals piling up for US bound 'Killer B' Cuskelly.

This week Claudio teaches us how to say "Please" and "Thank You" in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Epi 129 Black Belt Dan Covel Gives Us Great Advice
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Epi 129 Black Belt Dan Covel Gives Us Great Advice

This week we bring you an interview with Dan Covel. Dan is a BJJ black belt training under Marcelo Garcia. He also teaches at Marcelo Garcia Academy and in Hoboken New Jersey.

We talk about:

  • Starting martial arts with Judo
  • Doing MMA at age 17
  • Using the closed guard
  • What makes the closed guard such a strong position
  • How to pass the closed guard
  • Getting the most out of kids BJJ
  • Why he stores his tournament medals in a drawer
  • The benefits of competing
  • The use of BJJ in a street fight
  • What he does to get ready to compete
  • Good goals for new students

Links:

Quote of the week: "Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details." Heraclitus

Article of the week: Character building from Goulburn Martial Arts Academy Helping kids deal with bullies.

This week we learn how to say "good bye" in Portuguese with part two of our language learning segment.

Gary's future book is called "defensive driving, offensive driving, and driving over the neighbor's fensive"

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Epi 128 Innovative Teaching With Bruce Hoyer
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Epi 128 Innovative Teaching With Bruce Hoyer

Bruce Hoyer has a unique way of running a BJJ class using Evernote.  He shares his innovative method and much more during this interview. Bruce is a black belt under Rodrigo Comprido Medeiros.

We talk about:

  • The benefits of coaching
  • Some of his competition history
  • Individualized lesson plans
  • What he does when a guest comes in to train
  • Advantages to the student and teacher with this class format
  • He gives an example of the first few classes
  • How he does belt test and stripes
  • How he has made changes to this program
  • Getting people to show up for their first day of BJJ
  • Why he does not coach during rolling
  • Being a self reliant learner

Links:

Quote of the week:"Today is tomorrow's yesterday so make it count" Presented by  Shawn Williams

Article of the week: “We Don’t Have Time For Jiu Jitsu” Big Jiu-Jitsu

We start a new segment this week Learning Basic Portuguese with Claudio Pt 1. We learn a couple of simple greetings. Here is a link for find the 9 parts on youtube.

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Epi 127 Listener Favorite John Will Returns For Interview #2
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Epi 127 Listener Favorite John Will Returns For Interview #2

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John Will is a listener favorite, and we are thrilled to have him back on the show. John is one of the famous “Dirty Dozen” meaning that he is one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to reach the rank of black belt in BJJ. John was at the an early adopter to BJJ and he brought it home to Australia.

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Promoting around 90 black belts
  • What he looks for in a black belt
  • What it takes to be a good coach
  • Using imagery while teaching
  • Modeling after world champions
  • Writing on his blog
  • How positions and techniques change over time
  • Providing students what they want vs. what they need
  • Comparing BJJ to a tree
  • Developing a culture of helping everyone on the mat
  • A game called sharks and tuna that his kids play
  • Other games that are played in the kids class
  • Off the mat goals he has for his students
  • John's thoughts on setting and reaching goals
  • Escaping side control ideas
  • How learning escapes can build confidence
  • Different types of drilling
  • He explains the Red Cat Head logo
  • Being open to reinventing who you are
  • Stories from his backpacking adventures
  • Being dehydrated while backpacking

Links:

Quote of the week: "When you lose, say little. When you win, say less." Matt Hughes

Article of the week:Jimmy Starts Jiu-Jitsu, A Before And After Story

Gary is working on his BJJ pop up book called "Go Gary Go, See Gary Roll, See Gary Tap"

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Epi 126 Black Belt Shawn Williams Interview
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Epi 126 Black Belt Shawn Williams Interview

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Shawn Willimas is the 5th American to reach the rank of black belt in BJJ. He has been training jiu-jitsu for 20 years. We cover a huge range of interesting topics in this episode.

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Being a commentator for live BJJ events
  • The importance of enjoying BJJ
  • Wrestling in BJJ
  • Tips for learning wrestling
  • Why some high level competitors do not tap
  • Rousimar Palhares injuring people
  • His thoughts of Garry Tonon (a friend of Shawn's) vs Rousimar Palhares
  • Injuries that he has experienced
  • How to coach a match, and why to give technical instruction
  • Coaching during Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm fight
  • Staying consistent with your BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington

Article of the week: What Motivates Me For 6am BJJ Class by Erik Beyer

Gary also talks about the book he is working on called "Cafeteria Food Fights- Picking The Right Kind of Fruit For The Fruit Salad" If you don't know who Gallagher is you are missing out my friend, check him in action here.

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Epi 125 Becoming The Black Belt: Roy Dean
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Epi 125 Becoming The Black Belt: Roy Dean

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This week we bring you Roy Dean. Roy is a great example of a martial artist he is a 3rd degree black belt in BJJ, and he also has several other black belts. Roy has recently completed his book Becoming the Black Belt: One Man's Path in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

We talk about:

  • His start in BJJ
  • First experiences with no-gi
  • How he has used his skills in audio and video to promote BJJ
  • He shares the story of getting his blue belt that is in his book
  • Why he did not use stripes at his school other than white belt
  • How he developed a smooth style of BJJ
  • How the training environment has changed in BJJ
  • Learning BJJ online vs on the mat
  • His travel plans and becoming a student again
  • Advice for running a school
  • First tournament advice
  • The good and bad of competing
  • Advice for the new black belt
  • More info about his book Becoming The Black Belt

Links:

Quote of the week: "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

Article of the week: "Getting Stuck In The Middle With BJJ"

Gary's book he is working on "Email Scams and Slams, how to do a digital armbar"

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Epi 124 Black Belt Jen Hall Interview
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Epi 124 Black Belt Jen Hall Interview

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Jen and Ryan Hall

This week we have an interview with Jen Hall. Jen is a BJJ black belt under her husband Ryan Hall.  She also teaches and runs the school 50/50 BJJ.  Jen has competed a lot and also done a lot of coaching.  We are thrilled to have her share her knowledge with us.

We talk about:

  • What got her started in BJJ
  • Running the 50/50 school
  • The good and bad of running a gym
  • Different teaching styles
  • Teaching ideas she got from being a swim coach
  • Not hitting a plateau
  • The differences between their fundamentals 1 and fundamentals 2 classes
  • Why she likes to have a class for beginners
  • The current point system in BJJ
  • Reaping the knee
  • The differences between a teacher and a coach
  • How she gets ready for a competition
  • Dealing with her 8 surgeries
  • The paper "Read this today win tomorrow"
  • Women's classes
  • What is up with Ryan Hall since the UFC
  • They have one person come in to their gym because of TUF

Links:

Quote of the week: "If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril." Sun Tzu

Article of the week: Am I Doing Enough? justagirlbjj.com

 

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Gary is working on his audio book called "I am so confused, I guess I will go choke somebody"

Epi 123 BJJ Black Belt Valerie Worthington
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Epi 123 BJJ Black Belt Valerie Worthington

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Valerie Worthington is a BJJ black belt and writer for Breaking Muscle, and we are excited to share what Valerie has to say in this interview.

We talk about:

  • Her start in BJJ
  • The book she is working on
  • Traveling vs staying home
  • What to expect when you start BJJ
  • What to expect when you compete for the first time
  • Her first experiences competing
  • Training advice for competition
  • Her style of BJJ
  • Making changes to your game
  • Dealing with frustrations on the mat
  • How she trains with people that she does not know
  • Her process for writing an article
  • Advice for instructors

Links:

Quote of the week: "Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan." John F. Kennedy

Article of the week: Don’t Build Your BJJ Game on White Belt- grapplearts.com

We also give an award for review of the year for 2015, and Gary talks about his future audio book called "Double Monkey Punch- Fighting Twins"

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Epi 122 BJJ and MMA with Rolles Gracie
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Epi 122 BJJ and MMA with Rolles Gracie

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This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Rolles Gracie. Rolles has competed in all the major grappling events and he has fought in the UFC. Rolles has a win over Bob Sapp.

We talk about:

  • His mma fight with Bob Sapp
  • His off the mat hobbies (snowboarding and sky diving)
  • He trains at Renzo's
  • Doing Jiu-Jitsu as a kid
  • Developing a style
  • How learning BJJ is like going in a circle
  • Doing self defense and jiu-jitsu
  • Some of the changes in jiu-jitsu over the years
  • Moving from Brazil to New York
  • Advice for a competition
  • Dealing with injuries
  • How people with busy schedules can still get better at BJJ
  • Why you should spend at least an hour a day doing something you enjoy

Links:

Quote of the week: "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." --Albert Einstein

Article of the week: Tattoos and BJJ- How long before I can roll from Attacktheback.com

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Epi 121 The Combat Codes
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Epi 121 The Combat Codes

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This week we bring you an interview with BJJ brown belt Alexander Darwin, author of the Sci-Fi novel The Combat Codes.

We talk about:

  • Alexander's BJJ history
  • Some of his favorite BJJ techniques
  • The world that The Combat Codes takes place
  • Comparing the school of combat to Ender's Game and Harry Potter
  • The old school vs new school theme in the book
  • Why it is important to schedule your training
  • How BJJ has helped him as a writer

Links:

Quote of the week: This weeks quote was presented by Justin Rader "You told me never to change sword hands. Yes. When you know how to use it, you won't be taking my orders." The Movie Troy

Article of the week: Ask DeBlass: The Ten Lessons for Academy Owners and Students

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Epi 120 American No-Gi Legend Justin Rader
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Epi 120 American No-Gi Legend Justin Rader

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This week we bring you one of the top no-gi grapplers in the world. Justin Rader is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rafael Lovato Jr.  You can find Justin training and coaching at Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Here is a more detailed profile on Justin.

Justin Rader

We talk about:

  • His competition style
  • What he did as a child and how that has effected him today
  • The calf slicer
  • His role as a coach
  • The current set of rules in Jiu-Jitsu and how he would change it
  • What would happen if you got a -1 for pulling guard
  • Why he dislikes advantages
  • How a change of rules would change the art
  • His ideas of what submissions should be illegal
  • His history of not tapping to submissions
  • Wrestling as a kid
  • Some differences in training BJJ and wrestling
  • The benefits of doing a competition
  • How he runs the kids class
  • The lack of take downs in adult BJJ
  • The importance of a good stance
  • Why you need good endurance to have an effective stance
  • Advice for people who can only train 1 or 2 times a week
  • His take on the new star wars movie :)

Links:

Quote of the week: “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost, 1963

Article of the week: 7 powerful ways to fail better

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Epi 119 BJJ Taboo Topics With Tim Sledd Part 2
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Epi 119 BJJ Taboo Topics With Tim Sledd Part 2

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Tim Sledd

Here we go again my friends! Part two with Tim Sledd about the taboo topics of BJJ. I can't think of anyone else that I would like to hear from about these controversial topics than Tim. Tim spent countless hours as a hard work successful lawyer, he left this career path to pursue BJJ. Tim's opinions of these taboo topics are well thought out and he defends them well.

We talk about

  • Parents and kids
  • Parents helping coach the kids during class
  • Dealing with kids that act up in class
  • Kids doing MMA
  • What a kid should do if they want to do MMA
  • Parents that want to push their kids into MMA
  • Fake BJJ black belts
  • Red flags of a fake black belt
  • How to deal with a fake black belt
  • When to start doing leg locks
  • Heelhooks for gi and no-gi
  • A break down for the different types of leg locks
  • Dealing with mat bullies
  • Asking someone to leave your BJJ school
  • Why he communicates with kids teachers at school
  • People who commit crimes against society
  • Drugs and BJJ
  • Foul language on the mat

Links:

Quote of the week: "You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of." Jim Rohn

Article of the week: More People Die From The Spoon Than The Knife

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Epi 118 BJJ Taboo Topics With Tim Sledd Part 1
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Epi 118 BJJ Taboo Topics With Tim Sledd Part 1

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Tim Sledd

Here we go my friends! An episode with Tim Sledd about the taboo topics of BJJ. I can't think of anyone else that I would like to hear from about these controversial topics than Tim. Tim spent countless hours as a hard working successful lawyer, he left this career path to pursue BJJ. Tim's opinions of these taboo topics are well thought out and he defends them well.

We talk about:

  • Washing your belt
  • The history of belts in martial arts
  • How dirty your belt might be
  • Belt whipping and gauntlets
  • Hazing students and the law
  • Throwing students for a belt promotion
  • How to avoid hazing
  • What is a creonte
  • Why you might leave your BJJ school
  • Cross training with different schools
  • Signing a contract to train BJJ
  • Dating within the gym
  • Using the phrase "go to war" for BJJ or MMA

Links:

Quote of the week: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" Mahatma Gandhi

Article of the week: Stop Doing Drills; Start Using Challenges Daniel Coyle

 

Catch us next week for part 2!

Epi 117 Guybson Sa And Focusing On The Basics
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Epi 117 Guybson Sa And Focusing On The Basics

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Guybson Sa

This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Guybson Sa. Guybson has recently tapped out Jeff Monson and Hector Lombard both with a RNC. He is a competitor in both MMA and BJJ, while running his school in Columbia, South Carolina. Guybson focuses his game on the basics, and has had great success.

We talk about:

  • His MMA carrear
  • Focusing on the basics
  • His outlook for 2016
  • Kids doing BJJ
  • Off the mat training
  • Training with teammates that are not as skilled
  • What he does 10 min before a match
  • Advice for white belts and blue belts

Links:

Quote of the week: "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop" Confucius

Article of the week: How to Stay Consistent in Your Jiu Jitsu Journey BjjBrick.com

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Epi 116 Fighting For A Dream With Abraham Marte
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Epi 116 Fighting For A Dream With Abraham Marte

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This week we bring you a interview with Abraham Marte. Abraham is a black belt in the ultra heavyweight division from the Dominican Republic that has managed to medal at worlds at every belt level.  He is now on a mission to help the kids in his community and become the best in the world.

Abraham Marte (picture from Preston Smith)

We talk about:

  • His competition history
  • Competing only a few times a year
  • His strength training
  • Training with smaller and less skilled partners
  • Changing your environment to make your training better
  • BJJ4Change
  • Fighting for a Dream
  • Helping kids with BJJ
  • How BJJ has changed over the years
  • Jiu-Jitsu tour

Links:

Quote of the week: "There is a difference between a fighter and a martial artist. A fighter is training for a purpose: He has a fight. I'm a martial artist. I don't train for a fight. I train for myself. I'm training all the time. My goal is perfection. But I will never reach perfection." Georges St-Pierre

Article of the week: Tips for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Beginners from Startjiujitsu.com

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Epi 115 Chris Martin and BJJ 4 Change
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Epi 115 Chris Martin and BJJ 4 Change

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Chris Martin

Chris Martin is one of the founding members of BJJ4CHANGE. Chris has a long history of doing martial arts and a big passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This episode we will talk about BJJ 4 Change, an organization that is dictated to helping kids through BJJ.

We talk about:

  • What got Chris started in martial arts
  • Why he has such a passion for BJJ
  • Making a BJJ documentary
  • How doing BJJ can help kids on and off the mat
  • The goals of BJJ 4 Change
  • How the plan for BJJ 4 Change has adapted and grown
  • BJJ effecting social changes
  • The lifestyles of the kids that need some help
  • How Jiu-Jitsu helps with confidence
  • Where the money goes when you attend a camp
  • Some of the many benefits of BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." John Quincy Adams

Article of the week: "What I Wish You Knew Before You Started Teaching: A Student’s View"

Catch us next week my friends for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast!

Epi 114 Go Up Stream And Roll With Seph Smith
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Epi 114 Go Up Stream And Roll With Seph Smith

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We are excited to bring you Seph Smith this week on The BjjBrick Podcast.  Seph is the first person to be promoted to Black Belt under Ryan Hall.  Seph recently opened his own BJJ school called Up Stream BJJ.

We talk about:

  • Opening his own school
  • The type of game he plays
  • Why some people have a negative view of leg locks
  • Why leg locks can have a negative effect of some students progression
  • When students should start to do leg locks
  • Training safely
  • Some difficulties with opening his gym
  • Ryan Hall in the UFC
  • The attitude it takes to get good at BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: "A wrestling match in just the laws of physics"  Neil deGrasse Tyson

Article of the week: 12 life lessons kids learn fast in Jiu-Jitsu

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 113 Travleing With Scott Boehler
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Epi 113 Travleing With Scott Boehler

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Scott Boehler of BJJ Rally

This week we bring you Scott Boehler. Scott is a brown belt from Montana.  He has been traveling the United States and Canada in his van training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

We talk about:

  • His goals with traveling
  • How he decided to leave Montana to train
  • Politics between schools in the same city
  • How to approach a gym you don't know
  • Paying mat fees
  • Living out of a van
  • Where to park a van over night and not get into trouble
  • What it takes for your gym to be welcoming
  • Teaching vs doing martial arts
  • Learning from coaches and athletes
  • A list of places that he have visited

Links:

Quote of the week: “The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand. Presented by Roli Delgado

Article of the week: Train in the Gi to improve your No Gi

Just Another Lion to Kill Rashguard

Your first year of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu audio book

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 112 Roll Out Jiu-Jitsu With Mark Fisher
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Epi 112 Roll Out Jiu-Jitsu With Mark Fisher

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Mark Fisher is a brown belt training at SGBi in Portland Oregon. He is one of the people that is running a Facebook page called Roll Out Jiu-Jitsu. Roll Out Jiu-Jjitsu is a online support group to help grapples that identify with LGBTQI.

Roll Out Jiu-Jitsu

We talk about:

  • The facebook page RollOut
  • The interview with Kurt Osiander from episode 108
  • Trainnig BJJ and not being out
  • How to find the correct BJJ gym for you
  • Mark's first day of BJJ
  • How to make you gym more friendly to the LGBTQI community
  • The type of game that Mark plays
  • Why he will try to not over use his flexibility
  • Tips for new competitors
  • The start of a BJJ match compared to the start of a chess match
  • Developing a game plan
  • Why you might want to shrink your game
  • Training on a limited schedule

Links:

Other SBGi coaches that have been on The BjjBrick Podcast!

Quote of the week: "Set a goal so big that you can't achieve it until you grow into the person who can."

Article of the week: Fools Gold

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

 

Epi 111 Interview with 4th Degree Black Belt Michel Pereira
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Epi 111 Interview with 4th Degree Black Belt Michel Pereira

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This week we bring you an interview with Michel Porfirio Pereira (Buiu). Michel is a 4th Degree Black Belt in BJJ training and teaching in Miami.  In this interview Michel shares his story and offers advice to help you along with your BJJ journey.  Check out Michel's profile here.

We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts
  • How he got his nick name Buiu
  • Why he has a playful style
  • Taking an opponents balance
  • Gi and no-gi training
  • The history of no-gi
  • Learning BJJ on youtube
  • Why it is important to explain techniques and not just show techniques
  • Training with your weak side
  • Doing his first tournament
  • Doing in house tournaments
  • Dealing with people who are negative about BJJ
  • The Ghost Squad logo
  • How Michel met Andre Monteiro

Links:

Article of the week: "Where On This Chart Do You Spend Most Of Your Sparring Time?"

Quote of the week:  "A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." Wayne Gretzky

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 110 Interview With Rising Star Sarah Black
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Epi 110 Interview With Rising Star Sarah Black

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This week we are excited to bring you BJJ black belt Sarah Black.  Sarah received her black belt from Gustavo Dantas in July of 2015, and she is already making a name for herself in both the adult and masters divisions competing in gi and no-gi.

We talk about:

  • Her start with Judo
  • Training both BJJ and Judo
  • Her work schedule
  • Working full time and training full time
  • Transitioning from high level Judo to doing BJJ
  • Competing in the absolute divisions
  • Dealing with injuries
  • The BJJ Mental Coach
  • Getting students to preform well
  • Having a women's classes
  • Training schedules
  • Tips for women finding a BJJ gym
  • Tips for men when rolling with a woman
  • How they run kids classes

Links:

Quote of the week: "There are two things in life of which we have complete control... effort and attitude." Chuck Wilson

Article of the week: "I Almost Quit Jiu Jitsu"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 109 Learn From World Champion Emily Kwok
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Epi 109 Learn From World Champion Emily Kwok

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This week we bring you an interview with world champion Emily Kwok.  Emily was happy to share with you some of her knowledge from her many years and experiences doing BJJ.

We talk about:

  • Her start in BJJ
  • BJJ in Canada
  • Doing local tournaments when she started
  • Competition differences for women
  • Her favorite types of training partners when she was new
  • Advice for students that want to compete
  • Equal pay for women in BJJ
  • How money effects BJJ tournaments
  • Her training schedule
  • Starting a family and doing BJJ
  • Kids in BJJ
  • Groundswellgrappling.com
  • Leadership of women in Jiu-Jitsu

Links:

Quote of the week: "Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect"

Article of the week: "Noticing our Improvements" by John Will

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

 

Epi 108 Interview With Kurt Osiander
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Epi 108 Interview With Kurt Osiander

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This week we bring you an interview with Kurt Osiander.  Kurt is a BJJ black belt under Ralph Gracie.  This episode contains explicit language and some controversy, we did interview Kurt Osiander after all.

We talk about:

  • The start of "Kurt Osiander's The Move of the Week"
  • Etiquette and respect in his gym
  • His Yelp reviews
  • His don't ask don't tell policy
  • Homosexuals at his gym
  • Why he does not like classes for beginners
  • BJJ is not for everyone
  • His work with Mission 22
  • What got him started with BJJ
  • His students doing wrestling in school
  • His MMA career
  • The KO Finisher tournament
  • Open mat at his school
  • Learning new moves
  • Learning online and still needing a coach
  • Giving someone a blue belt
  • Advice for a student doing a first tournament
  • Training and hanging out with Anthony Bourdain

Links:

Quote of the week: Presented by last weeks interview John Will "Never interrupt you enemy when he is making a mistake" Napoleon Bonaparte 

Article of the week: "All roads lead to Rome .... a BJJ concept." By John Will

After the interview Byron and Gary have a conversation about gay people training BJJ. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 107 John Will - The Coaches' Coach
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Epi 107 John Will - The Coaches' Coach

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This week it is our honor to bring you John Will. John is one of the famous "Dirty Dozen" meaning that he is one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to reach the rank of black belt in BJJ. John was at the an early adopter to BJJ and he brought it home to Australia. This is a great interview for students and coaches to learn from.

We talk about:

  • His start in the Martial Arts
  • His first experiences doing Jiu-Jitsu in 1986
  • The first time he met Rigan Machado
  • Teaching at different skill levels
  • Teaching with a language barrier
  • His ongoing learning process
  • BJJ in Australia
  • He has created over 100 Black Belts
  • BJJ before the internet
  • How tournaments change Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why he likes "fuzzy goals"
  • How he does 100 seminars per year
  • Backpacking in Australia
  • The goal of teaching a seminar
  • The importance of having structure for teaching
  • The partnership between the student and teacher
  • His passion for being a good student
  • Tips for bring a good student
  • The goal of doing your first tournament
  • Doing BJJ as a older student

Links:

Quote of the week: Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get" WP Kinsella

Article of the week: "10 Types of People Who Quit BJJ"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 106 BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas Part 2
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Epi 106 BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas Part 2

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This is part 2 of our interview with BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas.

We talk about:

  • His mindset during a match
  • Breaking BJJ down into mini battles
  • Controlling your development in BJJ
  • How BJJ is doing in Sweden
  • The development of BJJ in Europe
  • His experiences during travels
  • Doing gymnastics for strength training

Links:

Quote of the week: “Talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.” Brett Favre

Article of the week: "10 Ways to Inject Positivity Into Your BJJ Community

Epi 105 BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas Pt 1
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Epi 105 BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas Pt 1

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This week we bring Jonathan Thomas back to the show.  He has some training tips and advice that could change the way you train.

We talk about:

  • Why he is traveling
  • What got him interested in strength and conditioning
  • Baseline aerobic conditioning
  • Your max heart rate ( 220- your age)
  • Playing guard vs playing a passing game
  • Developing a complete game

Links:

Quote of the week: “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” Neil Gaiman

Article of the week: "8 Steps to Finding the Perfect BJJ Gi"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 104 Interview With Black Belt Alison Tremblay
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Epi 104 Interview With Black Belt Alison Tremblay

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Alison is a black belt competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  This year she came in second at Black Belt IBJJF Worlds, and competed in ADCC in Brazil. She is from Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada.

We talk about:

  • Training with her family
  • Our interview with her brother Michael Tremblay
  • The diversity of Alpha Mixed Martial Arts
  • Her full time job (it is not BJJ)
  • Going to school
  • What type of game she likes to play
  • Advice on getting the most out of rolling
  • Her experience at ADCC
  • Training for both Gi and No-gi
  • What she does to get mentally for the competition
  • Teaching the kids classes
  • Why BJJ is good for kids
  • What she was like as a blue belt
  • What she learned playing hockey that helped her in BJJ
  • Dealing with losses

Links:

Quote of the week: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." William James

Article of the week: The Unsung Jiu Jiteiro

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 103 Mission 22 and BJJ With Chris Papandria
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Epi 103 Mission 22 and BJJ With Chris Papandria

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Mission 22 is a organization that raises awareness for Veteran suicide. It is a sad fact that 22 veterans take their lives due to PTSD every day.  Chris Papandria joins us this week to talk about Mission 22 and BJJ.

We talk about:

  • What got Chris started in BJJ
  • How Mission 22 was named
  • BJJ seminars that benefit Mission 22
  • How you can help your teammates that have PTSD
  • The importance of a team
  • The mental escape that BJJ provides
  • Having a gym that is supportive to Veterans
  • Supporting Mission 22
Chris Papandria in the middle

Links:

Quote of the week: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill

Article of the week: "Having A Good Drill Partner Is Crucial" jiujitsutimes.com

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 102 Multi Black Belt Lee Mein
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Epi 102 Multi Black Belt Lee Mein

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Lee Mein is from Lethbridge, Alberta Ca. He teaches Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing to kids and adults.  He has a black belt in American Kenpo Karate, a black belt in Bas Rutten's MMA system, and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roy Harris.

We talk about:

  • His background in martial arts
  • His MMA promotion Rumble in the Cage
  • The importance of confidence for law enforcement
  • Dealing with bullies
  • Training as you get older
  • Why he enjoys competing
  • His son Jordan Mein that is fighting in the UFC
  • What they teach in the kids class
  • Keeping training fun
  • Conditioning
  • Doing BJJ and MMA
  • Hockey
  • How he warms up his body before competing
  • The mental aspect of fighting and training
  • Training on a limited schedule and setting goals

Links:

Quote of the week: 1) "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is." 2) “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” Yogi Berra

Article of the week: The Four "D's" of Success, My Experience At Polaris 2 By  The Bjj Mental Coach

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 101 Interview with Chris Haueter
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Epi 101 Interview with Chris Haueter

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This week we bring you an interview with one of the Dirty Dozen of BJJ Chris Haueter.  This a fun interview that covers a large range of topics, but mostly Jiu-Jitsu.

We talk about:

  • What got him involved in martial arts so early
  • Early BJJ in the United States
  • His first thoughts of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Learning moves on Youtube
  • MMA fans
  • Trying to see things from a different perspective
  • Being a "coach" vs a "master"
  • Getting a good balance with your training
  • Kids BJJ and Kids MMA
  • Violence in MMA
  • First tournament advice
  • Training on a tight schedule
  • His art work

Links: Email chaueter1041@mac.com instagram Chrishaueterart

Quote of the week: My mind's never gone very far away from what I wanted to accomplish. Dan Gable

Article of the week: The Biggest Delusion in BJJ by John Connors

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 100 How Has BJJ Benefited You?
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Epi 100 How Has BJJ Benefited You?

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We wanted to make episode 100 of The BjjBrick Podcast a special episode that included both listeners and past guests.  This episode is full of people sharing the ways that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has benefited their lives. You will hear stories about weight loss, friendships, healthy lifestyles, drug addiction, stress relief, confidence,intellectual stimulation, and more.

The goals we had in mind with this episode.

  • If you are already training, you keep training for the long run. Hopefully you can relate to some of the off the mat benefits that BJJ is giving you and stay motivated.
  • If you do not train BJJ we want you to recognize some of the many benefits of doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  After recognizing these benefits you do what is often one of the hardest things in BJJ, you start BJJ.

Budo Jake (7min)- Our interview with Jake is here.  Keep up with Jake on Facebook.

Stephen Whittier (13min)- Our interview with Stephen is here. Grapplers over 40 should check Stephen's website.

Mike Bowser (17min)- Shares his story of incredible life saving weight loss.  You can find Mike training at Pacific Top Team of Corona.

Brian Marvin (21min)- Our interview with Brian is here. Train with Brian in Sugar Land, Tx.

Roli Delgado (22min)- Our interview with Roli is here. Train with Roli in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Blake (27min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

PJ Waicus (28min)- Our interview with PJ is here. Train with PJ at South Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.

Samir Chantre (33min)- Our interview with Samir is here. Learn more about Samir on his website.

Mike (39min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Matt Thornton (41min)- Our interview with Matt is here. Train with Matt at SBG.

Dewaine (43 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He trains at Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy San Francisco.

Andrew Nerlich (51 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He trains at Langes MMA in Sydney, Australia.

Jim (56 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Tim Sledd (58 min)- Our interview with Tim is here. Train with Tim at Small Ax BJJ.

Jason Goldstein (1h 6min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He is from Charleston South Carolina.

Brian Freeman (1h 11min)- Our interview with Brian is here.  Connect with Brian on his Facebook page.

John Connors (1h 13min)- Our interview with John is here. Connect with John on his Facebook page.

Nick Albin (1h 17min)- Our interview with Nick is here.Train with Nick at Derby City MMA.

Eli (1h 22min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Byron Jabara (1h 24min)- Your friend from The BjjBrick Podcast.

Gary Hull (1h 28min)- Your friend from The BjjBrick Podcast.

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 99 Interview with Alexander Trans
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Epi 99 Interview with Alexander Trans

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This week we have an interview with BJJ black belt Alexander Trans. Alexander is on the top of the competition scene.  He has been recently sidelined by a knee injury while competing at the worlds. Check out Alexanders Bio here.

We talk about:

  • Teaching BJJ in the public schools of Abu Dhabi
  • Teaching regular classes in Abu Dhabi
  • His upcoming knee surgery
  • His plans on moving to Brazil
  • How he injured his knee during Worlds
  • His focus while he is training
  • Why he gets so many leg locks
  • What he eats before a tournament
  • Advice for dealing with nerves and adrenaline
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Advice for new students
  • Watching competition videos

Links:

Quote of the week: "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent." Calvin Coolidge

Article of the week: "How to get the most out of a BJJ class"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 98 Roy Harris A Man of Many Skills
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Epi 98 Roy Harris A Man of Many Skills

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This week we are excited to bring you Roy Harris, he is one of the first non Brazilian Black Belts (Dirty Dozen).  Roy shares many of his countless stories and great advice about BJJ.

BJJ black belt Roy Harris (left) use a Roof Block in Kali

We talk about:

  • The early days of training BJJ in the United States
  • Developing skills outside of class with a partner
  • What you should be doing for the first 2 or 3 years of training
  • His first BJJ Brick was a footlock
  • Why some leglocks can be more dangerous
  • The 4 mindsets he teaches to students that are over 40
  • How to train safely
  • How to evaluate your progress
  • Differences between gi and no gi
  • How to train if you can only train twice a week

Links:

Quote of the week: "I always got nervous the nights we played in the World Series. First pitch, I was nervous. Then after that, forget it; I'd start playing." Yogi Berra

Article of the week: "BJJ Biomechanics – Rib Injuries"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 97 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 2
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Epi 97 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 2

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This week we have part 2 of Sam Spiegelman answering your questions about strength and conditioning. Sam is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mark Vives, he trains at New Breed Training Center.  He has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle.  Sam is also available for online consultations.

Sam answers these questions:

  • What supplements do you recommend?
  • How do you deal with cramps during training?
  • What should I ear before a competition?
  • How do I improve my flexibility?
  • What are your thought on training multiple times per day?
  • What muscle groups are used more for offence or defense?
  • If someone can roll only twice a week what off the mat training should they do?
  • Does the training mask work?
  • What tips do you have for recovery after training?
  • What apps for your phone do you recommend using for conditioning training?

Links:

Quote of the week: "Drillers make killers" presented by Gary Hull

Article of the week: "What Happened When My Son Got Beat by a Girl"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 96 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 1
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Epi 96 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 1

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Sam Spiegelman

This week Sam Spiegelman answers your questions about strength and conditioning. Sam is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mark Vives, he trains at New Breed Training Center.  He has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle.  Sam is also available for online consultations.

Sam answers these questions:

  • How often should you train when you are new to BJJ?
  • What level of Jiu-Jitsu class is best to start with?
  • Should I do extra cardio to get in shape for BJJ?
  • What are the benefits of joint mobility?
  • What is a quick and healthy breakfast?
  • When cutting weight is it necessary to run?
  • Do you need to compete in BJJ to get better?
  • How many times per week should I strength train?
  • What should your exceptions be if you are just starting a strength program?
  • What is the best strength and condition program for BJJ?

Links:

Quote of the week: "Frustration is a useless emotion" Amanda Lowen

Article of the week: "What Sharpens Iron?" sandhillsbjj

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 95 David Meyer is Kicking Butt and Saving Animals
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Epi 95 David Meyer is Kicking Butt and Saving Animals

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This week we have a Pioneer of American BJJ practitioners David Meyer. David started Jiu-Jitsu is 1991 and was one of the first americans to reach the rank of black belt.

We talk about:

  • His early experiences with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Competing at some of the first BJJ competitions in the united states
  • Being an athlete and a vegan
  • Kicking ass and saving animals
  • Getting more out of each class
  • Doing BJJ home work
  • Doing a tabata workout
  • How to push yourself when you are tired
  • BJJ for MMA
  • Early MMA
  • Performing better at competitions
  • Developing new techniques
  • Being a good training partner
  • The importance of a game plan
  • Training with Eddie Bravo
  • Adopting a pet

Links:

Quote of the week: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle, Presented by Ryan Hall

Article of the week: "4 Ways Submission Grapplers Can Apply Wrestling Concepts to Their Practice"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 94 Discover How Important Your Team Is With Stephan Kesting
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Epi 94 Discover How Important Your Team Is With Stephan Kesting

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This week on the podcast we have an interview with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Stephan Kesting.  Stephan has written some of the best articles about BJJ.  He is very well know for teaching BJJ on his websites Grapplearts.comBeginningBJJ.com and his newsletter.

We talk about:

  • His start with Martial Arts
  • Doing BJJ before it was popular
  • Content vs context when learning BJJ online
  • Taking responsibility for your own training
  • Your training environment
  • The overall role of a BJJ coach
  • Learning from lower belts
  • The firefighting and BJJ
  • BJJ and self defense
  • Advice for people who can only train 2 or 3 times per week
  • The ideas for a BJJ roadmap

Links:

Quote of the week: "never give up, and believe in yourself" Franjinha

Article of the week: 5 Difficult Concepts For BJJ Beginners To Graspcheck out the authors site here

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This is the best video I could find for Hammer Pants. Mc. Hammer make an appearance at 3 min.

Epi 93 Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller
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Epi 93 Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller

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This week we have an interview with one of the top BJJ coaches Ricardo Miller.  Ricardo is also known as Franjinha.  You can find a full bio on Franjinha here.  Check out his school Paragon website here.

We talk about:

  • A brief history of Franjinha
  • His coaching style
  • His 32 Black belts under him
  • Jeff Glover and Bill "The Grill" Cooper
  • How BJJ is always changing
  • He has 10,000 people that have came to his gym, and out of that he has made 32 Black belts that is one person per every 312
  • His goal of when he has a new student
  • Helping his students
  • What Paragon means
  • The small percent of people that actually compete
  • Advice for the first time competitor
  • Advice for the person who can only train once a week
  • Comparing BJJ to a puzzle

Links:

Quote of the week: "respect all, fear none" Danny Alvarez

Article of the week: "Does Technique Really Conquer All? 3 BJJ Masters Give their Opinion" BJJEE.com

 

Epi 92 Interview With Danny Alvarez Part 2
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Epi 92 Interview With Danny Alvarez Part 2

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Danny Alvarez is a 2nd Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. Danny is affiliate under 4th degree Black Belt Bruno Bastos. Check out his full bio and huge competition history here.

We talk about:

  • Dealing with a loss
  • Coaching kids
  • Why it is important to set a schedule to train
  • The growth of BJJ
  • Training only once a week
  • Note taking
  • Balancing your personal life and BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: "If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.” Theodore Roosevelt

Article of the week: "5 Tips To Take Your BJJ Sparring To The Next Level"

 

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 91 Interview with Danny Alvarez Part 1
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Epi 91 Interview with Danny Alvarez Part 1

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Danny Alvarez is a 2nd Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. Danny is affiliate under 4th degree Black Belt Bruno Bastos. Check out his full bio and huge competition history here.

Danny Alvarez

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Leaving a good full time job to teach BJJ
  • Balancing work and family
  • His aggressive style of BJJ
  • Doing BJJ as a family
  • Overcoming travel difficulties
  • Cutting weight as you travel
  • How to use internet to help your training
  • The importance of doing private lessons
  • Avoiding frustration when learning a new technique
  • Advice for doing your first tournament

Links:

Quote of the week: "Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you will be among the stars" Bernardo Faria. This is a must listen to quote! it starts at 2min 30sec.

Article of the week: Rickson Gracie “Should Put More Value On Learning Than On Competing With Your Training Partner

The video Gary was talking about "Kid Destroys Bully With Punch And Double Leg"

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Epi 90 Atos Black Belt Tim Sledd Part 2
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Epi 90 Atos Black Belt Tim Sledd Part 2

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This week we have part 2 of our interview with Tim Sledd. Tim is a 1st degree black belt under  Andre Galvao. Tim not only runs his own gym Small Axe BJJ, he is also the Director of affiliates for Atos. Tim shares lots of information about what is going on behind the scenes at Atos.

If you missed part 1 of this interview check it out first here!

Tim Sledd

In part 2 of this interview we talk about:

  • What Atos does differently than other BJJ teams
  • Systems building with your techniques
  • Drilling, and how to drill properly
  • Specific sparing and how it is used
  • Speed drills, flow drills, and fine motor skills drills
  • The culture of Atos
  • The culture of Small Axe BJJ
  • Left brain right brain confusion
  • Advice for a student doing a first tournament
  • How to start off a match strong
  • The Leg Drag

Links:

Quote of the week: ”Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler” Albert Einstein- Presented by Matt Thorton

Article of the week: "BJJ Promotions, and Lack Thereof" By: White Belt Survival Strategy

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Epi 89 Atos Black Belt Tim Sledd Part 1
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Epi 89 Atos Black Belt Tim Sledd Part 1

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This week we have an interview with Tim Sledd. Tim is a 1st degree black belt under  Andre Galvao. Tim not only runs his own gym Small Axe BJJ, he is also the Director of affiliates for Atos. Tim shares lots of information about what is going on behind the scenes at Atos.

Tim Sledd

In part 1 of this interview we talk about:

  • His training history
  • Washing your belt and what your belt should mean to you
  • Who helps you get better at BJJ (not just coaches and teammates)
  • Leaving his job as a prosecutor to do BJJ full time
  • Real world lessons matching up with things learned on the mat
  • The name of his gym Small Axe BJJ
  • The idea of a chain saw vs an axe
  • Check out the Bob Marley Small Axe video
  • His thoughts about the berimbolo
  • Building systems in BJJ
  • How purple belts begin to speak the BJJ language
  • Comparisons of BJJ to learning a new language
  • Organizing your jiu-jitsu

Links:

Quote of the week: "The most important thing you can do to get better at jiu-jitsu, is jiu-jitsu" Presented by Eduardo Telles

Article of the week: "Focus on the Fundamentals: No Shame in Your Game" by A skirt on the Mat

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"Small Axe" Bob Marley

Why boasteth thyselfOh, evil menPlaying smartAnd not being clever?I said, you're working iniquityTo achieve vanity (if a-so a-so)But the goodness of Jah, JahI-dureth for-I-ver

So if you are the big treeWe are the small axeReady to cut you down (well sharp)To cut you down

These are the wordsOf my master, keep on tellin' meNo weak heartShall prosperAnd whosoever diggeth a pitShall fall in it, fall in itAnd whosoever diggeth a pitShall fall in it (... fall in it)

If you are the big tree, let me tell you thatWe are the small axe, sharp and readyReady to cut you down (well sharp)To cut you down(To cut you down)(To cut you down)

These are the wordsOf my master, tellin' me thatNo weak heartShall prosperAnd whosoever diggeth a pitShall fall in it, uh, bury in itAnd whosoever diggeth a pitShall bury in it, uh (... bury in it)

If you are the big, big treeWe are the small axeReady to cut you down (well sharp)To cut you downIf you are the big, big tree, let me tell you thatWe are the small axeReady to cut you down (well sharp)To cut you downSharpened

Epi 88 Eduardo Telles is full of surprises
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Epi 88 Eduardo Telles is full of surprises

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This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Eduardo Telles.  Eduardo is well know for his creativity on the mat, he is always trying to surprise his opponents. Check out more of Eduardo's Bio here.

In the interview with Eduardo Telles we talk about:

  • Training in both Sao Paulo and Rio
  • Starting BJJ at 17 years old
  • How having fun was so important to getting good at BJJ
  • The use of the turtle guard
  • The benefits of using the turtle guard
  • Common mistakes when using the turtle guard
  • How he attacks someone that is using the turtle guard
  • His ideas about how points can distract opponents and lead to more submissions
  • The idea of giving points for side control
  • Advice for a first time student competing
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Some of his most favorite matches.
  • Watch his match with Felipe Pena
  • His online training academy

Links:

Quote of the week: "The goal of Jiu-Jitsu is not to be undefeated but no to lose" Presented by Brian Freeman

Article of the week: When rolling with a visitor be aware of these rules of etiquette

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Epi 87 Brian Freeman, He is No Ordinary Blue Belt
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Epi 87 Brian Freeman, He is No Ordinary Blue Belt

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Brian Freeman is back on the BjjBrick Podcast! His last appearance was episode 16. Brian is a disabled vet with a T4 spinal cord injury with Brown-Sequard syndrome. He is from Rockingham, North Carolina. Brian is now a blue belt under Renzo Gracie.

Brian Freeman and Xande Ribeiro at IBJJF PAN 2015

We talk about:

  • What caused his injury
  • Getting started in BJJ
  • Doing some techniques in his chair, and training to not get separated from his chair in a self defense situation
  • What it is like to be part of a BJJ team
  • Competing with able bodied competition
  • His game and strategies that he uses
  • Why some techniques are difficult for him to defend, and how he deals with them
  • His experience at IBJJF Pan 2015
  • How everyone adapts Jiu-Jitsu to their bodies
  • How he moves around differently off the mat because of Jiu-Jitsu
  • His story of getting his blue belt
  • Competing two weeks after getting his blue belt
  • His goals when he competes
  • Competing in the expert division
  • His plans of teaching motivational and educational seminars
Brian Freeman getting his blue belt from Renzo Gracie

Links:

Quote of the week: "You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room" Dr. Seuss

Article of the week: "Injury Prevention in BJJ: Put the Odds in Your Favor"

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Epi 86 Submission Series Pro- The Takeover
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Epi 86 Submission Series Pro- The Takeover

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Submission Series Promotions is the biggest submission only host in Canada.Their second event "The Takeover" takes place Saturday, June 20 in Halifax Ns.  In this episode we bring you interviews with two of the athletes that are competing in this event.

Jason Gagnon- Jason is a brown belt under Cobrinha.  You can find Jason training at Genesis Martial Arts in Abbotsford, BC. He will be competing against Hood Rich of Zuma MMA.  Jason's Facebook page.

Josh Wincey- Josh is a black belt under Kevin Taylor.  Josh trains at Titans MMA.  His is competing against Andris Brunovskis on The Takeover card.  Josh's Facebook page.

Quote of the week: Presented by James Puopolo "True strength is not always shown through victory.  Stand up, try again and display strength of heart." Rickson Gracie

Article of the week: "The One Secret Trick to Getting Good at BJJ"

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Epi 85 James Puopolo Can Make You Laugh and Tap
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Epi 85 James Puopolo Can Make You Laugh and Tap

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This week we have a interview with Rafael Lovato Jr black belt James Puopolo.  He has been doing BJJ full time since leaving his middle school math teaching job.  He can be found on the mats at Salem-Keizer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. You can find out more about James here on BJJ Heroes.

We talk about:

  • Running his academy
  • His ever changing style of BJJ
  • Training with out the use of a timer
  • Fitting your BJJ into many different rule sets
  • The importance of finishing your opponent
  • His training schedule
  • Training other grappling arts
  • Training with Luke Tirey
  • His first training experience with RLJ
  • Doing 14 competitions last year
  • His future goals
  • Keeping a training journal
  • The process he goes through before a competition
  • Basic meditation to get you in your zone
  • Advice for a students first tournament

Links for James Puopolo's sponsors:

Keep up with James on his Facebook page

Quote of the week: Presented by PJ Waicus "The big, strong, tough guy goes to class, and he keeps getting tapped by the skinny, technical guy. It begins to change him. It makes him humble. That's what Jiu Jitsu does to you. It makes you humble." Relson Gracie

Article of the week: "What Can The Stock Market Teach You About Jiu-Jitsu?" From Jiu-Jitology

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Epi 84 BJJ and Life with PJ Waicus
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Epi 84 BJJ and Life with PJ Waicus

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PJ Waicus joins us this week for an interview.  He has been training BJJ for about 5 years.  He trains at South Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.  PJ has two children that have Angelman Syndrome.  This interview we talk a lot about BJJ, learn about Angelman Syndrome and we face off the mat challenges that life presents.

We talk about:

  • Starting BJJ at the age of 39
  • Size differences on the mat
  • How Angelman Syndrome is passed on
  • The effects of Angelman Syndrome
  • The Angelman community
  • Bipolar Disorder and BJJ
  • Training with a busy schedule
  • How BJJ is like a church to him
  • Training BJJ for the long term
  • Advice for parents that have kids with Angelman Syndrome

Links:

Quote of the week: Presented by: A double quote! Presented by Mark Mullen.

  • "It is not who is good, it is who is left. It's hours on the mat, if you put in the time natural athlete or not, practice the art you will be a black belt. "Chris Haueter
  • "I don’t have talent, I have tenacity. I have discipline, I have focus. And I know without any illusion, where I come from and where I can go back to"  Henry Rollins

Article of the week: "When Jiu Jitsu is Like Brushing Your Teeth"  From A Skirt on the Mat

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Epi 83 Going International with Mark Mullen
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Epi 83 Going International with Mark Mullen

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Mark Mullen

Mark Mullen is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a brown belt in judo from Canada, now based in Taipei, Taiwan.

Mark Started training in judo in 1995 and inspired by Royce Gracie winning the early UFC's he became obsessed to learn BJJ.

When Marcus Soares 7th degree coral belt of the Carlson Gracie Team moved to Vancouver in 1997 (the first black belt to teach in Canada) Mark became on of the earliest students.

Mark discovered an early aptitude and love for teaching BJJ when head instructor Soares would return to Brazil and Mark would teach the class.

Mark started Training with Gracie Barra black belt Josh Russel when Josh moved back to Canada after training and living in Rio De Janeiro for several years.

Mark was one of the original founders of Gracie Barra Calgary and graduated to purple, brown and finally black belt under Josh Russell 3rd degree.

In 2014 Mark accepted an offer to relocate to Taipei, Taiwan to be the BJJ coach for 2 MMA gyms (Marital Armor and Tough MMA in Taipei and Hsinchu) and runs the BJJ program for the schools as well as coaching the fighters.

Mark writes for popular online BJJ blogs Gracie Barra Blog and Grapplearts.com. Mark is also available for writing on other blogs.

We talk about:

  • What got him started in BJJ
  • Changes in BJJ over the years
  • The 3 types of BJJ students (Competitors, BJJ lifestyle, Fitness)
  • His travels to Taiwan
  • Why most students come to his BJJ school
  • The differences between teaching and performing BJJ
  • Teaching class as a blue belt
  • Traveling to Brazil
  • BJJ master minds that change and advance the sport
  • BJJ before and after youtube
  • Making complex things simple
  • Doing BJJ as a life style
  • Mario Sperry - Day of the Zen Documentary
  • Life as a Jiu-Jitsu Bum
  • Diet advice
  • The development of BJJ in Asia
  • How overwhelming BJJ can be for beginners
  • Advice for white belts
  • The importance of movement drills

Links for Mark Mullen: TwitterFacebook

Quote of the week: "it's not supposed to be easy" Samuel Spiegelman

Article of the week: "3 Important Questions to Help Recalibrate Your Training Focus" By Valerie Worthington

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Epi 82 BJJ, Strength, and Conditioning With Sam Spiegelman
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Epi 82 BJJ, Strength, and Conditioning With Sam Spiegelman

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Sam Spiegelman

Sam Spiegelman is a author and strength and conditioning coach.  Sam is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mark Vives, he trains at New Breed Training Center.  He has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle.  Sam is also available for online consultations.

We talk about:

  • What brought him to BJJ
  • Strength and conditioning for BJJ
  • Strength and conditioning for people who are new to the mats
  • Training differently for your particular game or style.
  • Off the mat training for BJJ
  • Doing a self assessment of your strength
  • The importance of having your body strength balanced to help you be efficient
  • Why people gas out on the mats
  • Increasing your cardio for BJJ
  • Staying motivated with your off the mat training
  • The importance of having a healthy diet
  • Starting BJJ after having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Advice for doing your first tournament
  • Goals for students their first 6 months and year

Links for Sam Spiegelman:

Quote of the week: "Know your why? Chris Easter

Article of the week: 5 Competition Essentials

Support Amber as she chokes cancer out!

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Epi 81 Interview With Coach and Competitor Chris Easter
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Epi 81 Interview With Coach and Competitor Chris Easter

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Chris Easter

Chris Easter is a Black Belt and has been training BJJ since 1998.  Chris has a game that focuses on the basics.  Chris has moved many times due to being in the military, this has given him the opportunity to train with many amazing practitioners and share Jiu-Jitsu.  He is now training at Sergio Penha's. 

We talk about:

  • Moving and finding a new gym
  • Training in the military
  • The importance of drilling
  • Different types of drilling and what they will accomplish
  • How his off the mat training has changed over the years
  • Dealing with injuries
  • His favorite techniques
  • Training with Paul from Open Mat Radio
  • Finding an instructor that is a good fit for you
  • Coaching advice
  • "Its all about angles"
  • The amount of details for basic techniques
  • What he focuses on before a match
  • How BJJ helps you when you are going through problems
  • First tournament advice

Chris Easter Facebook Page

Links:

Quote of the week: "If you try to avoid responsibility people will push it back on you, if you take accountability when things go wrong people will take it away from you" Jay Bell

Article of the week: "10 Benefits of Playing Sports"

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Epi 80 Interview With Coach Jay Bell
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Epi 80 Interview With Coach Jay Bell

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Jay Bell in the center

This week we have an interview packed full of great information from Coach Jay Bell. Jay went from white belt to brown belt under Royce Gracie, He later received his black belt from Marco Delima.  Jay is currently training under Rob Kahn & Marcio Stambowsky.  Jay is the owner and head BJJ instructor at Gracie Farmington Valley located in CT.

We talk about:

  • His start in BJJ
  • How he has grown his women's class
  • How he likes to run his kids class
  • Kids self defense (talk, tell, and tackle)
  • Opening a BJJ gym and making it profitable
  • The growth of BJJ
  • Why it is important to not quit the first 6 months
  • How his game has changed since getting his black belt
  • Breaking down complex ideas into simple explanations
  • His youtube channel
  • Advice for a first BJJ tournament
  • Advice for big students
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • How to develop a game plan
  • Goals for first year students

Jay's Links: Email: jay@graciefv.com, Youtubefacebook 

Quote of the week: Presented by Jared Dopp “There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.” Miyamoto Musashi

Article of the week: 6 Great Ways to Get Information About BJJ by Mark Mullen

Choke Cancer out fund raiser for Amber

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Epi 79 One of USA's Top Brown Belts Jared "Megalo" Dopp
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Epi 79 One of USA's Top Brown Belts Jared "Megalo" Dopp

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Jared Dopp

Jared "Megalo" Dopp is a Brown belt under Rafael Lovato Jr.  He is a Blue, Purple, and Brown Belt No-Gi World Champion. Blue, Purple, and Brown Belt Pan Champion. Blue Belt Gi World Champion, and two time Purple Belt World Gi Silver medalist.  In 2013 as a Purple belt he took 4th place at ADCC.

We talk about:

  • His accomplishments with only 4 years of serious training
  • His push the pace style
  • How he is able to force his opponents to make mistakes
  • How he views Gi and No-gi differently
  • Ways to get around an opponent that is stalling
  • Passing the guard to the right side
  • He is in school for chemical engineering
  • Balancing school and BJJ
  • His training schedule
  • Off the mat training including rugby
  • His research in growing nano tubes
  • His thoughts on competing in 2015 ADCC
  • His hopes of doing submission only matchs
  • Strategy for a submission only match
  • Advice for a student doing a first tournament
  • His advice for cutting weight to compete

Links for Jared: Do or DieTrue Nutrition, Jared's FacebookInstagramTwitter.

Other links:

Quote of the week: "It never gets easy, but always gets better" presented by Vic Torres

Article of the week: "The 5 Ways Resilient People Get Over Failure"

Check out the audio book here!

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Epi 78 Learn How BJJ Purple Belt Vic Torres Uses BJJ and His Diet to Control His MS Symptoms
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Epi 78 Learn How BJJ Purple Belt Vic Torres Uses BJJ and His Diet to Control His MS Symptoms

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This episode we talk with Vic Torres of "Torres MMA and Fitness at The Jungle" in Wantagh, New York.  He is a purple belt under Matt Serra.  Vic uses Jiu-Jitsu and his diet to help control his symptoms from Multiple sclerosis (MS).  He was diagnosed with MS in 2010.

We talk about:

  • How he discovered that he had MS
  • What his symptoms are like
  • How BJJ helps reduce his symptoms
  • Doing MMA before he was diagnosed and after
  • Advice for new students
  • Training with someone that is not as good as you, about the same as you, and better than you
  • Training with lower belts

Quote of the week: "Fighting is the best thing a man can do for his sole" Renzo Gracie

Article of the week: "Review- Banana" http://grapplergourmet.com/

Links:

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Epi 76 Jiu-Jitology with Ricardo Castaneda Part 1
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Epi 76 Jiu-Jitology with Ricardo Castaneda Part 1

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Ricardo Castaneda

Ricardo Castaneda is a purple belt that runs the website Jiu-Jitology.com.  He has a unique perspective about BJJ and training that we are sure you will find interesting and beneficial.  You can find Ricardo training at Gracie Barra South Austin.

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ
  • How BJJ has helped him off of the mat
  • How he uses his psychology background to benefit his BJJ
  • Dealing with anxiety
  • Mental health and BJJ the good and the bad
  • The mindset of a new student
  • Controlling your heart rate and breathing rate to learn better
  • The John Wayne Sweep and how he learned it
  • How to start basic meditation
  • Training while injured

Ricardo's Links:

 

Quote of the week: “The difference between someone who is in shape, and someone who is not in shape, is the individual who is in shape works out even when they do not want to.” Unknown

Article of the week: "The exercise that predicts your DEATH: Struggling with 'sitting-rising test' means you're 5 times more likely to die early" http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

Byron's Grilled cheese cooking fail

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Epi 75 Interview with Danny Dring
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Epi 75 Interview with Danny Dring

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Danny Dring

Master Danny Dring has 5 different black belts including a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He got his BJJ black belt in 2001.  You can find Danny training in Sherwood, Arkansas at Dring LDMA.

We talk about:

  • The striking arts that he is involved in
  • Training law enforcement
  • A cool concept of hardware and software of your martial arts
  • Early MMA
  • How learning BJJ has changed over the years
  • Why he like to play a top game
  • Getting over having his hip resurfaced
  • Training in Brazil
  • BJJ and self-defense
  • Advice for your first BJJ tournament
  • What is was like for him as a blue belt

Links:

Quote of the week:  "One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself" presented by: Vinicius "Draculino" Magalhaes

Article of the week:"The Almost-Blue Belt Mistake – Don’t Be in a Hurry!"

Check out Byron's cooking for BJJ video!!

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Epi 74 An Interview with Vinicius "Draculino" Magalhaes
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Epi 74 An Interview with Vinicius "Draculino" Magalhaes

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Draculino

This week we are very excited to bring you an interview with Vinicius "Draculino" Magalhaes. Draculino is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he has been training since around 1984.  Find out more about Draculino at BjjHeroes.com.

We talk about:

  • His school in Houston Texas
  • Being a lawyer and how it has helped him with BJJ
  • His history with the spider guard
  • Why he has a well balanced game
  • Doing moves both on the right and left side of your body
  • Why the lighter weight classes like to play the guard
  • Why it is important to learn BJJ, No-gi, and Self-defense
  • Doing MMA and still training with the Gi
  • The future of BJJ
  • How the internet is changing the way we learn BJJ
  • Advice for a student doing their first tournament

Links:

Quote of the week: "The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself." Douglas MacArthur

Article of the week: "Appreciating the BJJ Journey on Your Own Terms" learningbjj.com

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Epi 73 Interview with Steve Maxwell Part 2
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Epi 73 Interview with Steve Maxwell Part 2

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Steve Maxwell

This is part 2 of our interview with Steve Maxwell, part 1 can be found here. Steve Maxwell is one of the first Americans to receive a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He was the first person to start teaching kettlebells in the United States.  At the age of 62 he travels the world teaching BJJ and life style fitness.  Find more info about Steve Maxwell here.

We talk about:

  • When people hit their physical peak
  • Not getting injured with your off the mat training
  • Training BJJ into your 70's, 80's and 90's
  • Over training and the point of diminishing returns
  • Explosive training and BJJ
  • Strength training for any sport
  • The myth of Cardio training
  • Sport specific training
  • His traveling minimalist lifestyle (every thing he owns fits in this 45L backpack)
  • Some great life advice for everybody

Links:

Quote of the week: "Don't measure the work, measure the change, and use that to evaluate your work" The BjjBrick Podcast, Episode 73

Article of the week: "4 Jiu JItsu Lessons From Bruce Lee" by jiujitsubrotherhood.com

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Epi 72 Interview with Steve Maxwell Part 1
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Epi 72 Interview with Steve Maxwell Part 1

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Steve Maxwell is one of the first Americans to receive a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He was the first person to start teaching kettlebells in the United States.  At the age of 62 he travels the world teaching BJJ and life style fitness.  Find more info about Steve Maxwell here.

We talk about:

  • His start to martial arts as a kid
  • Getting his blue belt fast and getting stuck at purple belt
  • How he learned how to teach Jiu-Jitsu
  • History of early BJJ in the United States
  • The combat aspect of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why the age 45 seems to be a road block for people that do BJJ
  • Setting intrinsic goals and not extrinsic goals
  • How age effects you ability to do BJJ
  • How his game has changed over the years
  • Proper breathing techniques
  • A method of training to force you use better breathing

Links:

Quote of the week: "no victory without sacrifice" Robson Moura

Article of the week: "7 REASONS WHY YOUR CHILD SHOULD PRACTICE MARTIAL ARTS" breakingmuscle.com

Steve Maxwell walking around during this interview

 

Catch us next week for part 2 of this interview on The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 71 Interview With Robson Moura
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Epi 71 Interview With Robson Moura

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This week we are happy to bring you an interview with Robson Moura.  In the Black belt Super Featherweight division Robson won gold in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and then again in 2007.  He credits much of his competition success in going for a fast submission.

Some Highlights from the interview:

We also talk about:

  • How BJJ helps him off of the mat
  • Starting BJJ as a kid in the adult class
  • Why he likes to have a fun environment in his school
  • How the mind of the Jiu-Jitsu competitor has changed over time
  • What he is looking for in a super fight
  • The possibility of doing Metamoris
  • Advice for first time competitors
  • Why most people are joining  BJJ schools today
  • Why survival is a good goal for a 1st year student

links for Robson Moura

Quote of the week: "every champion was once a contender that refused to give up" Presented by Isaac Doederlein

Article of the week: "Jiu Jitsu And The Mature Athlete" jjgf.com

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Epi 70 Interview with the Featherweight Giant Killer Isaac Doederlein
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Epi 70 Interview with the Featherweight Giant Killer Isaac Doederlein

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Isaac Doederlein

Isaac Doederlein is a 22 year old brown belt under Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles.  He recently went to IBJJF European and won featherweight gold and then he stepped up for the absolute and got silver.

We talk about:

  • Starting martial arts as a kid
  • Moving as an 18 year old to California to train
  • The different guards he likes to play
  • His goal of getting absolute titles
  • His goal for remaining undefeated in his weight class
  • How to train for competing in the absolute division
  • How to watch your tournament footage to get better
  • What he does for off-the-mat training
  • Dealing with his injuries (neck and wrist)
  • The benefits of competing
  • Gaining confidence on the mat
  • Advice for students in their first tournament
  • His first tournament as a kid
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Tips for doing an omoplata
  • Advice for developing your game plan
  • Why it is important for new students to focus on understanding Jiu-Jitsu

Links:

Connect with Isaac Doederlein: Instagram and Facebook

Breast Cancer Charity BJJ Seminar: Their Facebook PageDonate online here.

Quote of the week: "What we do in this life echoes in eternity" Presented by Henry Akins

Article of the week: "Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & the Internet, Part 1" by learningbjj.com

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Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast, we will have an interview with Robson Moura

Epi 69 Interview with Henry Akins
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Epi 69 Interview with Henry Akins

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Henry Akins

In 1995 Henry Akins started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Rickson Gracie Academy. He received his black belt from Rickson in 2004.  He now has his own school called Dynamix MMA located in west LA.

Some of the Highlights:

"Making sure that the Jiu-Jitsu you learn is effective whether you have a gi on or not, and if you need to use it on the streets to protect yourself or someone that you care about."

"My focus has always been how to use Jiu-Jitsu as a martial art, as a way to instill confidence in a person... and if there is ever a confrontation they feel prepared to deal with it."

"It's not about speed, a lot of people think you need to be fast.... it is about timing"

"The focus for a competitor is the complete opposite from the focus of a teacher.  If you are competing the focus is on yourself.... as a teacher your focus is on others."

We also talk about:

  • Training with Rickson Gracie
  • Having a style that doesn't rely on grips
  • BJJ and confidence
  • The main reasons why students join Dynamix MMA
  • The importance of getting good at the basics
  • How BJJ has changed and remained the same since he started
  • Teaching versus competing
  • What he does to help his teachers learn how to teach
  • How BJJ can affect the larger community
  • Training BJJ specifically for self defense
  • What happens to students that use strength or speed
  • Different types of pressure you can put on your opponent
  • How the BJJ community is one big group regardless of where you train

Links:

Quote of the week: "Learn how to learn" Billy Robinson. This quote was presented by Roli Delgado.  Roli suggests- Learn how your body works and apply that to what you are trying to do.

Article of the week: "Stepping off the Mats: Top Ten" by jiujitsutimes.com

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Epi 68 Interview with Roli Delgado
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Epi 68 Interview with Roli Delgado

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Roli Delgado (picture by Kidron Cannon)

This week we have an interview with Rolando Delgado often called Roli.  Roli is a 2nd degree black belt that trains in Little Rock Arkansas at West Side MMA. Roli has fought in the UFC and Bellator, but he is most widely known in the BJJ community for his ability to teach and preform leg locks.

Some highlights from this interview:

"The most dangerous moves in Jiu-Jitsu are take-downs and kimuras"

"Reaping the knee is a risk that is way overstated and blown out of proportion"

"With the Gi on I am okay with no heal hooks.... we need a sport that we can all do and grow old with."

We also talk about:

  • His start to the martial arts
  • What he does off of the mat (hunting deer and owning a pawn shop)
  • His recent trip to Brazil
  • How he started focusing on leg locks
  • His app "Legal Leg Locks for BJJ"
  • Why some people don't like leg locks
  • Using legs locks to be used for a Bjj Brick
  • The rules for BJJ and leg locks
  • Why mid level blue belt is a good time to start working on leg locks
  • Finding confidence in your game from hard work
  • Advice for students that are competing for the first time
  • Why you should be trying to funnel your match into your strong areas
  • The concept of defend than attack
  • His match with Jason Bircher in Respect 1 on Feb 28

Connect with Roli:

Quote of the week: "Therefore, those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him." Sun Tzu

Article of the week: "Drill To Kill: Science Backs Up Effectiveness of Drilling for Jiu-Jitsu" 

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Epi 67 The BJJ Globetrotter Christian Graugart
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Epi 67 The BJJ Globetrotter Christian Graugart

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Christian Graugart is know as the BJJ Globetrotter because of his amazing trip around the world training in 24 countries and 56 gyms.  Christian has learned may lessons from training and traveling, we are lucky to learn from him.  Christian has also started an amazing community called BJJ Globetrotters.

Good times on the mat with Christian Graugart

A quote from the interview:

“A key component to life is to be open to all social connections, and treat everyone you meet as a potential next best friend.”

We talk about:

  • Why he started traveling to learn BJJ
  • How he likes to teach classes
  • Some of the similarities all over the world in Jiu-Jitsu
  • The BJJ Globetrotters community
  • The BJJ camps he is doing in 2015
  • The values of BJJ Globetrotters
  • How his gym treats travelers
  • His ideas about how to treat people on and off the mat

Links

Quote of the week: “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” Napoleon Hill- Presented by: Rafael Lovato Jr.

Article of the week: “Staying Motivated for BJJ” By White Belt Survival Strategy.Everyone needs a little help staying motivated with training, this article should help.

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Epi 66 Discover what is going on with Rafael Lovato Jr. & get some great training tips!
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Epi 66 Discover what is going on with Rafael Lovato Jr. & get some great training tips!

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Rafael Lovato Jr.

Rafael Lovato Jr. is the most decorated BJJ competitor from the United States.  He is known for an aggressive style and being fun to watch.  In 2007 he was the first Non-Brazilian to win the Brazilian National Championship (Brasileiro) in the Black Belt division. Again in 2007 Lovato became the 2nd American to win the World Championship (Worlds) as a black belt.  Lovato has a lot going on and we cover a big range of topics in this interview including his injury, BJJ goals for the year, his Save Jiu-Jitsu Podcast, MMA career, and much more.

Some Highlights from the interview:

"My goal, is to jump right back into the Worlds. If I can be healthy and strong enough to train hard in March, that will give me two months to get ready, as long as I don't miss the Worlds I am happy."

"If you are so afraid of losing that you play not to lose instead of to really win.... then you are not going to learn very much walking off the mat.... you will not be able to go back home and find what you need to work on."

About his Save Jiu-Jitsu Podcast, "Really my goal with it was to inspire people".

When asked about what rules should be changed  Rafael says "The number one thing that I would do is get rid of advantages.... they really don't make sense".

"The most evolution that you see in jiu-jitsu is from the guard, there is always new guard games, there is always new grips, angles, and ways to sweep....but there is not new submissions.... most of the evolution is from the guard and it is mostly sweeps."

"I remember when I felt like I knew the rules in and out....Nowadays there are many of the refs that struggle with knowing."

About what he would like to do this year. "Some pretty big things, Worlds, ADCC, another MMA fight.... If I could get on a Metamoris show I would love to be there."

We talk about:

  • What he has been doing with his extra time, because of his injury is keeping him off the mats
  • The Save Jiu-Jitsu Podcast
  • How he is healing after his surgery
  • Changing the rules of BJJ
  • How having advantages makes the game less exciting
  • Some ideas of how we can deal with tied matches
  • Rule changes in other sports
  • Advice for students who are competing
  • How he explains advantages to his students before a competition
  • Training advice for different competitions
  • Training with Saulo and Xande
  • Doing Metamoris in the future
  • His goals with MMA
  • ADCC 2015
  • His plans to write a book

Keeping up with Rafael Lovato Jr:

Quote of the week: "Through the sports, our mission is promote a better quality of life and add social value, education, morals, and create a better citizen not only on the mats but in life. Propagate values in our community is valuable for the future" Andre Monteiro Check out Andre's new Gym A-Force.

Article of the week: "What Is The Etiquette For Rolling With Black Belts?" JiuJitology.com

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Epi 65 Submission Series 902 Preview
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Epi 65 Submission Series 902 Preview

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Submission Series 902 takes places January 23, 2015 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.  These are 15 min, submission only fights. In this episode, you will discover what these six athletes are doing to prepare for this submission only event.  Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date with all the action.

Cat Clark- We start off this interviews by talking with Cat Clark.  Cat is the guy who is putting Submission Series 902 together. (Starts at 21m32s)

We talk about:

  • How to watch the event
  • What the name "Submission Series 902" is about
  • Why he is doing this event
  • The rules the athletes must follow
  • His vision for the sport in the long term

Kyle Sandford Vs. Jonathan Satava

Kyle Sandford- Kyle has been training BJJ since 1996. He received a black belt from Renzo Gracie in July 2014. He is representing Titans BJJ and Renzo Gracie. He has a Nogi match with Jonathan Satava. (Starts at 32m45s)

Jonathan Satava- Jonathan is a brown belt under Marcelo Garcia.  He is 25 years old, and he trains and teaches at The Marcelo Garcia Academy. His game is very similar to Marcelo's. (Starts at 52m2s)

Joel Jacquard Vs. Michael Tremblay

Joel Jacquard- Joel has been Training BJJ for about 8 years. He is a purple belt under Kevin Taylor.  He has trained in a variety of martial arts, but he is now focused on BJJ and this submission only fight.  He is very motivated to compete with Michael Tremblay. (Starts at 1h7m8s)

Michael Tremblay- Michael is 22 years old and a brown belt from Carleton Place Ontario. He trains with his family at Alpha Mixed Martial Arts.  His time is spent between being a full-time student of philosophy and a competitor. (Starts at 1h28m28s)

Scott Nauss Vs. Kevin Thibault (Kevin replaces Dana Dickenson)

Scott Nauss- Scott is a brown belt from Truro, Nova Scotia. He trains at Marmac Athletics, and Titans BJJ.  Scott has a lot of competition experience and he is excited to do a longer submission only match. (Starts at 1h45m18s)

Kevin Thibault- (Kevin replaces Dana Dickenson)- Kevin Trains under Shane Rice at Clinch Martial Arts Academy.  Kevin usually plays a heavy top game. (Starts at 1h58m59s)

Check out the Gis the fighters are talking about at BC Kimonos

Quote of the week: "Train with everyone" Dave Camarillo. Loyalty is important for your team and academy,  but you can still train at other gyms and be loyal at the same time.

Article of the week: "5 Tips to Fast Track Your Jiu-Jitsu Evolution Starting Today" by Graciemag

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Epi 64 BJJ, Judo, and Self Defense with Dave Camarillo
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Epi 64 BJJ, Judo, and Self Defense with Dave Camarillo

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Dave Camarillo has been training in the martial arts since he was five years old.  He started Jiu-Jitsu when he was 19 years old.  He is also known for coaching some of the best in the world of MMA.  He also shares a story of a robbery that happened to him on a bus in Brazil.

Dave Camarillo

Some highlights from the interview:

"I really don't think that martial arts is for sport first, I sincerely believe that it is for self defense and self awareness."

"Competition is not for everyone because it definitely has a psychological positive and negative."

"I would rather a child be a good person than win a tournament."

"I see an over emphasis on winning, that's not good for kids, kids need to be happy."

About students wanting to do MMA, "For 99% of people out there trying to fight, it should not be for a career.... It is for people who want to test themselves in that arena.... If your goal is to be famous (doing MMA) I won't train you."

When asked about goals for new students "Your first goal is attendance."

"Jiu-Jitsu is not just about armbars... it is about being a better person... You will increase the quality of your life in all aspects, because you are in a safe environment around like-minded people."

We also talk about:

  • His involvement with a combatives program
  • How his situational awareness in Brazil helped him avoid making a big mistake
  • Dealing with weapons in a street fight
  • Self defense and jiu-jitsu
  • Advice on how to flow your jujitsu techniques
  • The power of family members training together
  • Kids and martial arts
  • Forcing kids to take a martial art and other life skill
  • Having a positive training environment for kids to train
  • The differences between Gorilla Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • How hard he was pushed as a kid doing Judo
  • Advice for someone wanting to do MMA
  • Advice for someone transitioning from Jiu-Jitsu to MMA
  • Some of the rules of Judo and how people adjust to them
  • How it is important for a kids program to have a rewards system
  • Goals for new students

Want more Dave Camarillo? Here is how you keep up with him:

Quote of the week: "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor" English proverb. Sometimes you need to be pushed and go through some hard times in order to become better.  When you are on the mat, don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone.

Article of the week: The All Time Best 5 Submissions In MMA /UFC

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Epi 63 Busting BJJ Myths
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Epi 63 Busting BJJ Myths

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This week Gary and Byron will be discussing several myths about BJJ.  Do you agree with our discussion of these myths?  We have personal experiences with most of these myths and we share them.

Myth 1 Upper belts don't get tapped out by lower belts

Myth 2 You can earn your belt in a certain amount of time

Myth 3 Size and strength are not very important

Myth 4 Black belts know all the answers

Myth 5 Watching the pros is a great way to get better

Myth 6 More training is always better for you

Myth 7 Because you train BJJ you will be ready for a street fight

Myth 8 If someone is better than you at BJJ they will always be better than you at BJJ

Myth 9 Your excuse for not doing BJJ is valid

Myth 10 A black belt is the best teacher

Myth 11 Going home beat up everyday is okay

Myth 12 Bonus Myth- BJJ works on zombies

Quote of the week: "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly" Gilbert K. Chesterton-  In this quote Gary shares an example about his poor golfing skills.  If you want to be good at BJJ you need to accept the fact that you will be doing it badly for a while and improvement will come with practice.

Article of the week:"The Quick and Easy Way to Dye Your BJJ Gi" by Attacktheback.com Tons of cool pictures about how to dye your gi.  Check out the stitching!

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Epi 62 Good Times and Training with John Kavanagh
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Epi 62 Good Times and Training with John Kavanagh

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John Kavanagh received his BJJ black belt in March 2007 from Matt Thornton.  He now runs the Straight Blast Gym(SBG) in Ireland. SBG Ireland is home to fighters Gunnar Nelson, Conor McGregor, Aisling Daly, and many more.

Highlights from the interview:

"I think when people are enjoying themselves, they are going to stick with something longer rather than just embracing the grind."

"I understand what people mean when they say someone is talented, but it is a lazy word.  It is kind of like describing a chemical reaction as being magic."

"If I see someone who is not enjoying it (training) I don't want them part of the team, because it can be detrimental to the mindset of everybody else. So I will advise them to take some time off and do a different sport or activity for awhile and try to come back with a fresh mindset."

Do your MMA athletes train in a gi?  " Yes, they do..... physically the main benefit is that it tightens up the escape game, you can't escape an armbar by just by ripping your arm out... On the flip side training nogi tightens up your attacking side of the game."

"Training with a gi also is a huge benefit to keeping your mind awake and alert."

"You are all going to finish fighting (MMA) at some stage, why not have earned your black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu during that period.  Maybe you could open your own school. You want to be 50 or 60 (years old) and still on the mat, you are not going to be doing MMA at that stage but you and me could be two old farts in the corner of the room rolling around in a gi"

About taking some time off- "I would go as far as to say that I have never seen somebody come back that was not actually better than when they went away..... A guy takes 4-6 weeks off because of an injury or something and he always comes back better.....I have a theory. Time away from physically doing it (training) allows techniques to sink a little bit deeper in.  When you are training all the time whatever you have done latest is in your head, but when you take a couple of weeks off, what you have been doing over the last couple of months can sink in deeper into your consciousness... going between time on and time off the mat is very important... people come back sharper"

About new students- "I found the most efficient way of weeding out the weak, I made strong people stronger.... That's the exact opposite of what I am supposed to have been doing as a martial arts coach.... I was bullied as a kid, I went to martial arts to help protect myself.  The approach I was taking was not going to be of much use to somebody that was not already athletic. We changed around everything that we are doing"

"I really think sport should be a positive experience. Even if you lose it should be positive because of when you went through in order to be able to compete."

In this episode we talk about:

  • The SBG upcoming fights in the UFC
  • Why he does not like the idea of a training camp
  • The two things you need to get good at MMA (enjoy it, and patience)
  • How he changes a class to keep it fun
  • His views of calling fighters talented
  • The mindset of training
  • Training MMA and still using the gi
  • Taking time off from training
  • His program for dealing with new students
  • His four tier program for beginners
  • Teaching new people how to train safely
  • Advice for a new student
  • His goal he has for his new students
  • He wants BJJ to be a lifestyle for you
  • How amateur MMA in Ireland has several steps, and why it is a good system
  • Advice for MMA athletes
  • Why you shouldn't focus on what your opponent does

Quote of the week: "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." Henry Ford

Article of the week: Background checks required by IBJJF

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Epi 61 The Show Is Going International With Yanal Shahzadeh
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Epi 61 The Show Is Going International With Yanal Shahzadeh

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Yanal Shahzadeh

Yanal Shahzadeh is a brown belt from Jordan under 4th degree black belt Samy Aljamal.  Yanal is one of the top competitors in his region, and he is always looking for a good match.  He competes at 94 kg, and open weight.

This interview we talk about:

  • Getting over an injury to his elbow
  • How Jiu-Jitsu has changed in Jordan over the years
  • Winning 4 gold medals at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Cup
  • His favorite technique the arm crank
  • His submission only super fight in February
  • He tells a story of a time his competition asked him to not submit him
  • He describes the brown belt like a white belt for the legs, because leg locks are now allowed
  • He explains some of his most favorite training methods
  • How he likes to coach during a match
  • What it was like for him to travel by himself and compete without a coach
  • Why he feels like he discovered Jiu-Jitsu as a blue belt
  • Why he recommends a top control drill for new students
  • How the scissor sweep can help you understand other parts of Jiu-Jitsu

You can find Yanal here on his Facebook page

The website for his BJJ school

Check out this article about Yanal Shazadeh to find out more about him

Quote of the week:  “If you are looking for a big opportunity accept a big challenge” This weeks quote was presented by Gustavo Dantas

Article of the week: “3 Things You Will Learn About Yourself Through Jiu Jitsu” From Jiujitsutimes.com

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Epi 60 The Bjj Mental Coach Gustavo Dantas
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Epi 60 The Bjj Mental Coach Gustavo Dantas

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The Bjj Mental Coach Gustavo Dantas

Have you ever failed to deliver your best when it counts?  This week our friend and BJJ black belt Gustavo Dantas will help you do your best on and off the mat.  Gustavo has been training BJJ for 25 years, he is a 4th degree black belt.  He has a passion for teaching BJJ and helping coach people to reach their goals.  His coaching website is TheBjjMentalCoach.com.

In this interview we talk about:

  • Doing BJJ as a kid in Rio
  • Listening to audio books
  • Why he recommends the book Psycho-Cybernetics
  • The BJJ Mental Coach blog
  • How he was able to overcome a bad start to competing
  • Overcoming mental blocks in competing
  • Moving to the United States from Brazil
  • Dealing with competition anxiety
  • A recent interview he did with Budo Videos
  • Dealing with a high pressure situation
  • How he runs competition students different from the students that don't compete
  • Learning from failure
  • The three types of training partners that you need to be training with
  • How BJJ can benefit someone off the mat
  • Fixing mistakes after a tournament
  • Living up to your full potential
  • Dealing with fear
  • Focusing on only the things that you can control
  • His four Dvd set Inner Discovery for outer success

Contact Info for Gustavo Dantas- Email: info@thebjjmentalcoach.comHis Facebook PageThe Bjj Mental Coach website

Gustavo's Sponsors ShoyorollAggro Brand

Quote of the week:  "Everybody want to be a champion but not many are willing to do what it takes to become one" Presented by Joe Solecki

Article of the week:"5 Tips for BJJ Over 35"

Want a better Guillotine Choke? Check out this seminar by our friend Roy Marsh!

This episode also has the first of our series of "The Most Interesting Grappler"

Epi 59 Joe Solecki is a full time student and a grappler with big goals
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Epi 59 Joe Solecki is a full time student and a grappler with big goals

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Joe Solecki works to pass a tricky guard

Joe Solecki has been training BJJ since he was six years old.  His is now 21 years old and a very active light weight brown belt.  He spent the first 12 years of his BJJ learning from John Hassett in NJ.  He now lives in Myrtle Beach, SC and trains with Frankie Patches of Serra BJJ.

In our interview with Joe Solecki we talk about:

  • Starting BJJ so young
  • Building a strong defense
  • How his game has changed over time
  • What tv show got him interested in martial arts
  • Balancing going to school full time and training BJJ
  • Training at a cross-fit gym
  • Staying motivated to train and study
  • His goal of going to ADCC
  • How he is able to have fun and take competition seriously
  • His favorite method of training
  • Watching instructional videos vs competition footage
  • What he expects the ADCC trials to be like
  • Moving across the country and finding a new place to train
  • How he warms up before a match
  • Advice for someone doing their first tournament
  • Why he values safety, fun, and learning in a tournament
  • What it was like being a 16 year old blue belt
  • Advice for kids doing BJJ
  • Tips for developing your own game plan
  • Goals for a first year student
  • His off the mat training
  • How he likes to teach a kids class

Links to keep up with Joe Solecki, Facebook, TwitterYoutubeInstagram

Quote of the week: "Frustration is a useless emotion" presented by Amanda Loewen

Article of the week: How to Improve Your Guard in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Want a better Guillotine Choke? Check out this seminar by our friend Roy Marsh! This week we get a tip to help one of teh biggest mistakes with a guillotine

Epi 58 SBGi Black Belt Amanda Loewen
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Epi 58 SBGi Black Belt Amanda Loewen

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Amanda Loewen has been training BJJ and competing for about five years, and she has recently received her black belt from Matt Thornton.  You will find her training at SBGi in Portland.

We talk about:

  • Her start to BJJ
  • Getting her black belt in five years
  • Some troubles finding competition
  • Her hobbies off the mat
  • Why she prefers a "basic style"
  • Her six day a week training schedule
  • Training off the mat
  • Staying motivated
  • Her goals of competing with the black belts
  • She is going to the European Championships in Jan 2015
  • Posture, pressure and possibilities
  • Keeping things very simple when teaching BJJ
  • The basic class format she likes
  • How she handles the stresses of competition
  • Her experience at her first tournament
  • A mental trick she uses to avoid sweeps
  • Tips for making your own game plan
  • Why she rolls with a poker face
  • Goals for a first year BJJ student
  • Why it is important to focus on defense first then learn offense

*note Amanda Loewen was recently married and her new name is Amanda Diggins

Keep up with Amanda on her Facebook Page.

Amanda is sponsored by Fenom Kimonos

Quote of the week: "With great power comes great responsibility" Presented by Comprido

Article of the week: "Advice for Begginners Competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu" 10thplanetsm.com

Want a better Guillotine Choke? Check out this seminar by our friend Roy Marsh! This week Roy Marsh talks about attaining the guillotine position.

Epi 57 Advice From Bjj Legend Comprido
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Epi 57 Advice From Bjj Legend Comprido

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Felipe Costa, Rodrigo Comprido and Caio Terra at BJJ Camp

Rodrigo Comprido Medeiros is a legend in the sport of BJJ.  The first year he was a black belt he was able to win the absolute division. He not only won it, but he was the first person to win by submission in absolute black belt history.  He also won it with the fastest submission in black belt history.  Comprido currently has a gym called Comprido BJJ in Bloomingdale IL.

In this interview we talk about:

  • How he got the name Comprido
  • Yuri Simoes in Metamoris
  • Sustainable Jiu-jitsu
  • Competition advice
  • Adjusting jiu-jitsu to your body and age
  • Bjj Camp
  • Training with Felipe Costa
  • His goals for the future
  • Competing very well as a new black belt
  • Advice on training safe
  • What it was like at his first tournament
  • Dealing with and using your adrenaline
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Advice for a first year student
  • The possibility of doing another Metamoris

Keep up with Comprido

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Quote of the week: "Strength and solidarity" Shama Ko From Girls in Gis

Article of the week: "Injuries: The Jiu-Jitsu Plague" Blog.gameness.com

 

Find out how to get a free BjjBrick Gi patch. Thanks for the support Gbasi!

Epi 56 Girls in Gis with Shama Ko
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Epi 56 Girls in Gis with Shama Ko

Shama Ko is the program director of an organization called Girls in Gis (GIG).  GIG supports a growing and supportive community of women in BJJ.  Chapters of GIG are springing up all over the Midwest. Shama has been training BJJ for 13 years.  GIG had about 30 events this year.

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We talk about:

  • The main goal of GIG
  • The Community of women in BJJ
  • The large growth of GIG
  • How she got her start in BJJ
  • Girls doing BJJ for the first time
  • Tips to get your friends to try BJJ
  • How BJJ helps to change lives
  • What to expect at a GIG event
  • Why a women introductory BJJ class is so important
  • Advice for guys to be a good training partner
  • Why it is important to be patient in your BJJ journey

Contact Shama Ko: Girls in Gis Facebook PageWebsite, Email girlsingis@gmail.com

Quote of the week: "Risk more than others think is safe, care more than others is wise." Presented by AJ Agazarm

Article of the week: "How to Survive a Training Layoff" grapplearts.com

 

Epi 55 Interview with Black Belt AJ Agazarm
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Epi 55 Interview with Black Belt AJ Agazarm

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Gold lightweight and absolute title for the 2014 NoGi European Championship

AJ Agazarm is a former DI wrestler and a very active light weight black belt. He is known for his aggressive style and never quit attitude. He received his black belt a couple of years ago from Eduardo de Lima.  This is a fun interview and AJ shares tons of great advice for any grappler.

We talk about:

  • AJ's love for extreme sports
  • AJ's passion for travel
  • Why he likes to enter the absolute division
  • As a black belt he has had over 75 matches in less than 2 years
  • The fine line between being reckless and tenacious
  • His training as he travels
  • His competition goals that he has met and not met yet
  • What he does before he compete
  • How he views a competitive BJJ match
  • How BJJ has changed him off the mat
  • The cultural differences between BJJ and wrestling
  • How he practices mental toughness
  • How he keeps his emotions out of his match
  • How he gets out of tight submissions
  • Advice for a student competing for the first time
  • Enjoying the entire process of the tournament not just the match
  • Why he loved being a blue belt
  • How to find your game plan
  • Why it is important to take notes in class
  • Advice for competing in the absolute division

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Connect with AJ

Quote of the week: "Nothing takes the place of hard training on the mats" Budo Jake

Article of the week: 5 Important Things Your Instructors Want You to Stop Doing

 

At the end of the podcast find out how you can get a free Gi patch. sorry US only

Epi 54 Everybody Rolls With Budo Jake
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Epi 54 Everybody Rolls With Budo Jake

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Budo Jake and Rickson Gracie

Budo Jake (Jake McKee) is a BJJ Black belt and co-founder of Budovideos.com He host 2 shows Rolled Up and This Week in BJJ.  Both are very informative and a lot of fun to watch.

We talk about:

  • The meaning of Budo
  • Doing BJJ when you travel
  • Why he trains such a variety of techniques
  • The Budo videos business
  • Watching Youtube vs an instructional Dvd
  • Training BJJ at work and team building
  • How BJJ has helped him learn about himself
  • The start of the show Rolled Up
  • What it is like to get beat up on the show
  • Doing live events and how you can learn about BJJ by watching them
  • Tips on getting a sponsor if you are a BJJ athlete
  • Advice for a first time BJJ competitor
  • Dealing with the pressure of competing
  • His preferred methods of training and why he likes to work on things that he is not good at
  • Jake as a Blue Belt
  • How he gets ready for a tournament
  • Goals for your first year of training
  • How he defines fundamental moves

Want more Budo Jake action?

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Quote of the week: "When you first assemble a group, it's not a team right off the bat. It's only a collection of individuals." Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K)

Article of the week: Why Do So Many People Quit Jiu-Jitsu At Blue Belt?

 

Fan Art Chokes and Jokes made by Jeff Smith At the end of the podcast find out how you can get a free Gi patch. sorry US only

Epi 53 The table has been turned, Gary interviews Byron
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Epi 53 The table has been turned, Gary interviews Byron

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Last week at Fox Fitness Byron was given a Black belt from Andre “Tim” Monteiro and John Castillo. Gary interviews Byron about his journey from white belt to black.

Gary ask Byron about:

  • The journey at each belt color
  • Him off the mat
  • A description of his game and what he likes to do
  • Advice for your first BJJ tournament
  • How to make your first BJJ Brick
  • A good goal for a 1st year student
  • Did he ever think about quitting
  • Using BJJ as a firefighter
Byron and Gary as white belts, at Eric Williams seminars. Gary and Byron with their new blue belts. Byron new purple belt with Roberto Tozi, John Castillo, and Marcio Laselva Byron as a new brown belt, with John Castillo and Renato Tavares Jake Fox, Andre "Tim" Monteiro​, Byron Jabara, John Castillo, and Jake Smith at Fox Fitness Byron Jabara and Gary Hull 10-13-2014

Quote of the week: "High expectations are the key to everything" Sam Walton

Article of the week: "3 Ways to Become Happier with Your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training"

Epi 52 Rafael Ellwanger Gracie United
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Epi 52 Rafael Ellwanger Gracie United

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Rafael Ellwanger is from Rio De Janeiro, he has been a BJJ black belt since April 10, 2006.  He opened his won gym called Gracie United, in Hammond Louisiana.  Gracie United has 15 schools in or near the Louisiana area.

Rafael Ellwanger

We talk about:

  • Rafael's early BJJ, and an accident off the mat that broke both his legs
  • Why it can be difficult to start BJJ
  • How safe BJJ can be compared to training other sports
  • The rules of IBJJF
  • His thoughts on the double guard pull and the 50/50
  • Some of the current rules of BJJ
  • His early training in Brazil
  • His family not wanting him to do BJJ for a living
  • Some of the rewards off the mat of BJJ
  • The social benefits of BJJ
  • Teaching BJJ full time
  • Training with lower belts
  • Some older BJJ matches

Contact Rafael Ellwanger on his website or on his facebook page.

Check out the new Bernardo Faria DVD

The BjjBrick Podcast has been going for 1 Year with this episode!!  We have managed to pull off an episode every week.  We (try to quickly) go down the episode list for anyone who has missed something that you might want to go back and check.

Quote of the week:"Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler" Albert Einstein- Presented by Matt Thorton

Article of the week: Breaking Down the Notebook by White Belt Survival Strategy 

 

Epi 51 Simple and Very Effective Training With Matt Thornton
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Epi 51 Simple and Very Effective Training With Matt Thornton

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Matt Thornton is the founder of Straight Blast Gym.  He was introduced to BJJ in 1991.  In 2001 Chris Hauete awarded Matt his black belt.  He can be found running his own Academy in Portland, Oregon, when his is not traveling.

This episode we talk about:

  • His personal training history
  • We go deep into what are the fundamentals of BJJ
  • Why he recommends not teaching your style, just teaching fundamentals
  • How to find your own game after you get the fundamentals
  • The process of becoming a black belt in BJJ
  • Why many people make the "all you can eat buffet" mistake when studding martial arts
  • Conor McGregor's striking style and movement
  • Fundamentals are not style specific
  • The principal of Aliveness
  • The iMethod (introduction, isolation, integration)
  • Why it is important to make BJJ simple
  • The SBG kids program Growing Gorillas
  • Some advantages for kids to do BJJ vs other sports
  • Advice for students competing for the first time
  • Staying calm during competition
  • His early BJJ techniques
  • Why learning to relax is a key to beginner BJJ
  • Conor McGregor getting his brown belt
  • Having passion for the martial arts

Contact Matt Thornton by Email here sbginfo@yahoo.com or visit the website http://www.straightblastgym.com/

Quote of the week: “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” Abraham Lincoln

Article of the week: "How To Be A Douche In Jiu-Jitsu" by http://jiujitsutimes.com/

 

We end the podcast with Ultimate dancing with Byron's Mom talking about Randy Couture on dancing with the stars.

 

Gi patch in action Details of how you can get a free gi patch at the end of the podcast. sorry US only

Epi 50 Rising BJJ Star Matheus Diniz
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Epi 50 Rising BJJ Star Matheus Diniz

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Matheus Diniz is a rising star in the world of BJJ. He is a Brown Belt training at Marcelo Garcia's academy.  On Saturday 9-27-2014 he won the Pans nogi, Brown belt in the heavyweight division.

Matheus Diniz

 

In this interview we talk about

  • What it is like to train at Marcelo Garcia's acdemy
  • Winning the Pans on 9-27-2014
  • Why it is important for him to have exciting fights
  • His training schedule
  • What makes MGinaction such a great environment
  • Advice for a first time competitor
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • What happened in his first 2 BJJ matches
  • What he does before a match
  • Advice for developing a game plan
  • What it means to "start the match" and "always move forward"
  • Advice for people during their first year of BJJ

Matheus Diniz is sponsored by MGinAction.com

Matheus Diniz Facebook page

Quote of the week: "Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will be among the stars" Bernardo Faria

Article of the week: "When Hugs Get Dangerous: Guys Rolling w/ Women" by Jesse J. Saxon

 

Details of how you can get a free gi patch at the end of the podcast. sorry US only

Epi 49 Giving 100% With Bernardo Faria
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Epi 49 Giving 100% With Bernardo Faria

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunes, and Stitcher radioBernardo Faria is one of the top BJJ black belt competitors on the mat today.  He credits a lot of his success not to being talented but to training very hard everyday.  He is currently training and teaching at Marcelo Garcia's Academy. Look for him this October competing in Worlds No-Gi, IBJJF PRO and NY PRO.

Bernardo talks about:

  • His early training and school
  • Teaching and training hard for competition
  • Training with Marcelo Garcia
  • Why he is able to put all his effort and determination in a match
  • Why he likes his half guard so much
  • His deep half guard dvd that will be released soon
  • His short term and long term goals
  • Focusing on doing your best and not focusing on winning
  • How he gets ready before a match
  • His omoplata and why he goes 100% for the submission and not the sweep
  • His very first BJJ match
  • Advice for someone doing their 1st tournament
  • What he was like as a blue belt (his longest belt)
  • Why it is important to develop you own game
  • Why you should set your own goals
  • Traits he likes to see in his students
  • His matches with Rodolfo Vieira

Contact info Bernardo Faria on facebook page here

More info on Bernardo's Deep Half Guard DVD!!

Quote of the week: "train hard fight easy" this quote was presented by Yuri Simoes

Article of the week: Teamquestmma.net "8 Tips For Teaching Kids Martial Arts"

Details at the end of the show about how to win a free patch! United States only. Matt Lowe sporting the patch at the IBJJF Dallas Open 2014

Epi 48 Interview with BJJ heavyweight Yuri Simões
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Epi 48 Interview with BJJ heavyweight Yuri Simões

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunes, and Stitcher radio Yuri Simões is one of the top competitors at the heavyweight division in BJJ.  He is competing for the Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association.  He has been doing BJJ for 13 years, compeating for most of it.In this interview Yuri Simões talks about:

  • His main goal of becoming a black belt world champion
  • Starting Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 7
  • Overcoming his rough start at competition as a kid
  • His training habits
  • Competing with an injury
  • His last competition at worlds
  • His two wins over Rafael Lovato Jr
  • A Metamoris Match between Simões and Lovato Jr
  • His dreams to compete in ADCC and Abu Dhabi Pro
  • The possibilities of doing MMA in the future
  • How he will change his focus when transitioning to MMA
  • His first year in the black belt division facing many guys he looked up to
  • He has learned more about Jiu-jitsu since he has got his black belt than before the black belt
  • Why he is always learning and expanding his Jiu-jitsu

Contact Yuri Simões

Quote of the week: "ABC always be choking" Brian Marvin

Article of the week:  "7 people you meet training bjj"

Epi 47 Learn the A.B.C. of BJJ with Brian Marvin
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Epi 47 Learn the A.B.C. of BJJ with Brian Marvin

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunes, and Stitcher radioBrian Marvin is a 1st Degree Black Belt under Master Carlos Gracie Jr.  This interview is packed full of great advice for the new grappler and the experienced competitor alike.  Professor Brian Marvin has recently opened a Gracie Barra School in Sugar Land Tx. This interview we talk about:

  • His early days of training (BJJ and MMA)
  • His smashing and attacking style
  • ABC (Always Be Choking)
  • How he developed his style of BJJ
  • Teaching the BJJ kids program
  • His new academy in Sugar Land Tx, a suburb of Huston
  • His goal to be a BJJ World Champion
  • Why he learned so much when he started teaching BJJ
  • Why you should be keeping a note book
  • Why he will mentally review his game plan before a competition
  • How to get better when you are only training with lower ranked students
  • How he has been doing the same basic techniques since he was a white and blue belt
  • A common mistake made by new students
  • How to improve your specific game
  • Why new students should set small goals for BJJ
  • Tips for doing the omoplata

Quote of the week: In boxing, I had a lot of fear. Fear was good. But, for the first time, in the bout with Muhammad Ali, I didn't have any fear. I thought, 'This is easy. This is what I've been waiting for'. No fear at all. No nervousness. And I lost.

Article of the week: Train or contact Brian Marvin

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a free BjjBrick Podcast gi patch. Sorry USA only

Epi 46 Roy Marsh May Change The Way You Think Of Other Martial Arts
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Epi 46 Roy Marsh May Change The Way You Think Of Other Martial Arts

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This week we have our first repeat guest Roy Marsh from Sandhills Jiu-Jitsu. Roy is a Black Belt under Royce Gracie. He has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2001.  In this episode we talk about learning other martial arts and training Jiu-Jitsu.  He gives lots of great advice and he may just change the way you thing about the martial arts.

Some of the martial arts we talk about in this episode

  • Hapkido
  • Judo
  • Muay Thai
  • Taekwondo
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Karate
  • Kung Fu
  • Fencing
  • MMA
  • and more

Quote of the week: "Iron sharpens iron. So that one man sharpens another. I think that it is very true. If you are not in a training environment where you are getting smacked in the head, you are getting tapped out, you are getting challenged on a daily basis, then you are not getting any better. You’re not improving. Your workout partners are a very important piece of your progression as an athlete and the character that you are building as a person as well. Those are key components and finding that right place is a piece of it.”Randy Couture “Wrestling For Fighting”

Article of the week: How to Accelerate Your Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) Game By Brandon Groce From appliedmma.com

Lots of great BJJ and MMA information at http://www.roymarshjiujitsu.com/  Email Roy at roymarshjiujitsu@gmail.com

Epi 17 Interview with BJJ Black Belt Roy Marsh

Epi 16 Brian Freeman- Training BJJ with a T4 Spinal Cord Injury

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Epi 45 Three Important Analogies to Better Understand BJJ
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Epi 45 Three Important Analogies to Better Understand BJJ

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BjjBrick (metaphor) it’s important to have a few key techniques that you can perform at a high level. You need to have a well-rounded game, but having some great techniques will help you excel at BJJ.  To your opponents it will feel like they got hit with a brick.  It takes a lot of blood and sweat to make a BjjBrick, but if you are making the correct bricks the effort will be well worth it.

Big strong tree-

The Bjj Tree, Click to enlarge, feel free to share!

 

  •                 Trunk- Fundamentals, Posture, and Game plan
  •                 Big branches- Positions, some branches will be stronger than others
  •                 Smaller branches- Techniques, from the positions
  •                 Leaves- Owning the techniques
  •                 Big roots- The pioneers of BJJ, and/or your instructor’s instructor
  •                 Medium sized roots- Your instructors and training partners
  •                 Small roots- Other methods of training and learning
  •                 Pile of leaves and branches on the ground- We all discard some techniques and positions when we are searching for what works best for us, this is normal.  You should avoid having a giant pile of leaves and branches under your tree.  Focusing on key things will help keep you from having this problem.

How important is it to have really good fundamentals? Having poor fundamentals is like a tree trying to grow branches without having a strong trunk.  Strong fundamentals are the foundation of your game, like a strong trunk supports a large tree.

The Building Burns-

The building burns. Important concept for someone learning BJJ and making the transition to MMA.

This analogy helps someone who has been training BJJ and now they are going to be doing MMA.

Quote of the week: "I fear no the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." Bruce Lee

Article of the week:"10 Reasons Why I Practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu" By Peggy Nolan

 

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a BjjBrick Podcast gi patch.

Epi 44 Developing A Culture of Learning and Leadership at Your BJJ Gym
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Epi 44 Developing A Culture of Learning and Leadership at Your BJJ Gym

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Ways to help develop a culture of learning at your BJJ school

  • Recognize improvement and accomplishments
  • Keep trying new things (everyone, the teacher and student)
  • Have a system of teaching and order to the class
  • Don’t teach, help students learn
  • Experience vs being taught- we learn more from experience (people learn more in the field than at school)
  • Enjoyment- improves performance, and learning
  • Promoting positive peer relationships
  • Get on the mat with your students- you might feel things that you cannot see
  • Have students figure out answers to their own questions (with your help) positional spar. Give them to tools to learn on their own.
  • Trial and error
  • Answer and encourage “Why” questions. “why do you grab his leg like that?”
  • Mistakes and Failure are ok, this is how people learn

Making leaders at your BJJ School

Funny but, not a way to be a leader
  • How can everyone have a leadership role?
  • Answer your student’s questions- This will encourage other students to help lower belts. Be an example of a good student/instructor
  • Help build people’s confidence with real and honest feedback
  • Positive attitude- Toward the training, and about the people
  • Be Passionate (don’t just show up and go through the motions)
  • Care about your training partners, (Learn names of new people, Get to know their life off the mat)
  • Have students show techniques they are performing well
  • The Meme about the birds crapping on each other Sucks!
  • It’s about PEOPLE!- Dr Carol A. Johnson example “I know that I am no more well educated, no smarter, no richer, no braver than any of you. You have everything you need. Everything you need to go and to serve and to help those who are poor, ill, injured, hurting, forgotten. You just need to do it. And you will find that the rewards that you receive are far greater than the things you sacrifice to do so. You are already so blessed, and you can be further blessed. I have been around the block a few times and I think I know what really matters in this world."   1. Relationships, not things.   2. What we do for others, not for ourselves.   3. What we do for eternity, for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”-Carol A. Johnson, MD 2012 Kansas Humanitarian Award recipient

Quote of the week: "If you are tired, don't show me" Ken Primola

Article of the week: "It Takes A Very Steady Hand, Or Foot" Dirty White Belt

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Epi 43 Ken Primola Crosses the Line
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Epi 43 Ken Primola Crosses the Line

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This week we have an interview with BJJ black belt Ken Primola.  With 15 years of BJJ experience find out why Ken Primola crosses the line.  

We talk about:

  • How BJJ builds friendships
  • What Ken does off the mat
  • His daily routine
  • How BJJ and wrestling has effected Ken off the mat
  • Ken describes his BJJ game and how he rolls
  • Ken shares some great concepts about how to learn anything
  • The ILoveBJJ facebook page
  • Some of the biggest lessons he has realized as a black belt he learned them first as a white belt (rolling smooth, calm, safe, and smart)
  • A huge key to getting better at competing
  • Some mental tips to competition
  • Pushing yourself to train harder
  • Some must hear advice to anyone competing for the first time
  • The importance of being an athlete.
  • What Ken was like as a Blue belt
  • Check out some of Ken's Ebooks here
  • The process of learning both on and off the mat
  • The process of developing a game plan
  • What Ken looks for in an ideal student
  • The benefits of planning out your practice
  • Advice for first year BJJ students Ken has been working hard

Contact Ken Primola at Facebook.com/Ilovebjj

Quote of the week: “It Ain’t How Hard You Hit…It’s How Hard You Can Get Hit and Keep Moving Forward” Rocky. Presented by Samir Chantre.

Article of the week: "Slow Your Roll, Avoid This Detrimental Training Mistake" From Bjj Hacker

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Epi 42 Great Interview with Samir Chantre
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Epi 42 Great Interview with Samir Chantre

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This week we bring you top black belt competitor Samir Chantre. Samir is a No-gi Worlds, Gracie Worlds and 6X American Nationals champion.  Listen to find out what technique he has been doing since he was a blue belt and now he does it as a high level black belt.  Samir is training and teaching full time with the Caio Terra Association. He has been training BJJ for 17 years (since he was 8 years old).  This interview is packed full of great tips and advice to help you in your BJJ journey.  Samir is also doing a BJJ Vacation Camp from August 29th to September 1st, full details in the interview.

We talk about:

  • Doing BJJ full time
  • Old style of BJJ and the new style of BJJ
  • Doing some of the same techniques since blue belt
  • The first BJJ Vacation Camp, August 29th to September 1st 2014, in San Diego.
  • What you can expect to do at the BJJ Vacation Camp
  • His busy tournament schedule
  • What he does before and after every match
  • Why BJJ can be so frustrating your first year
  • How BJJ has helped him with his scoliosis
  • The development of the Berimbolo
  • Advice for a first year BJJ student
  • He competed every weekend as a blue belt
  • Dealing with and overcoming losses as a blue belt
  • Tips to figure out your own game plan
  • Why focus and commitment is so important for students

Check out the Bjj Vacation Camp Facebook page

Email him at SamirChantrebjj@gmail.com

Quote of the week: We have 2 quotes from Felipe Costa "Don't let what you want now, take away what you want in the future". "Don't let the fear of loosing take away your desire to win".

Article of the week: The Triangle from Bjjheros.com

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Epi 41 Felipe Costa World Champion Competitor and Teacher
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Epi 41 Felipe Costa World Champion Competitor and Teacher

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Felipe Costa

This week we bring you an interview with Black belt world champion Felipe Costa.  Not every world champion is relatable to the common grappler. Felipe shares his story, and I can guarantee that you will find many themes and feelings that you can relate to. With students being able to relate to him this has giving him a powerful teaching tool.

We talk about:

  • He has been training since he was 12 years old
  • He never won a major tournament until he became a black belt
  • It took him 10 years to get to his black belt
  • Being a black belt means much more than rolling like a black belt
  • His favorite techniques and positions
  • His early competition career
  • Overcoming being nervous and self doubt
  • Beating a competitor that is better than you
  • BJJ camp 2014 Sept 5- Sept 15. in Cancun
  • His current neck injury that has kept him off the mat for over 2 months
  • He describes the level of pain he has with his injury

     

    Felipe Costa giving Ryan Hall his black belt

  • Goals for a bjj student for their 1st year
  • History of some of the rules in the IBJJF
  • His current goals
  • Advice for a BJJ students first tournament
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • How the internet has changed BJJ training
  • Learning basic techniques vs the fancy techniques
  • Advice for making your own strategy
  • What he does before he competes

Connect with Felipe Costa:

Quote of the week: The Man in The Arena by Theodore Roosevelt “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Thank you Wil Horneff, from Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA for presenting the quote.

Article of the week: Have You Ever Seen Someone Humiliated Like This in Jiu Jitsu… By Coach John Connors.  Check out John Connors interview here

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Epi 40 Interview With BJJ Black Belt Wil Horneff
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Epi 40 Interview With BJJ Black Belt Wil Horneff

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This week we talk to Wil Horneff. This interview is packed full of great training advice and you can tell Wil has a passion for training and helping his students. Wil is a Black belt under Ralph Gracie, he owns a school in Westwood NJ called Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA. At Training Grounds they teach BJJ, MMA, kickboxing, and have a kids program.

We talk about:

  • How some movies eventually got Wil into BJJ
  • What it is like running his school
  • Books he recommends: Gold Medal Mental Workout for Combat Sports, and The Inner Game of Tennis
  • Why he focuses on adding pressure to his game
  • Training with some high level BJJ athletes
  • The current rules for IBJJF and why they are set up the way they are
  • BJJ and self-defense
  • Some of the ways BJJ needs to be changed to help in a street fight
  • How training in the Gi can help for self defense
  • He gives advice for 1st year students
  • The importance of drilling until you can't do the move wrong
  • S-Training and how it helps develop skill
  • Wil's current goals
  • Why creating space is bad for BJJ
  • Why you need to not drill moves in isolation
  • Getting more confidence and being calm during competition
  • Advice for your first time compeating
  • What Wil was like as a blue belt
  • Advice for developing your own game plan
  • Developing a culture of learning and leadership in his gym
  • Some traits that Wil looks for in a good student
  • We talk about some of Wil's history in acting
  • He played the bully in the movie "The Sandlot"
  • He gives behind the scenes stories of "The Sandlot", "Born to Be Wild", and "The Shining"

Wil Horneff Contact info- Westwood NJ Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA, His email wil@njtraininggrounds.com

Wil Horneff teaching kids class

Quote of the week: "Don't forget that i cannon see myself - that my role is limited to being the one who looks in the mirror." Jacques Rigaut

Article of the week:"To Wash or NOT to Wash Your Belt?" From: The Jiu Jitsu Transformation

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Epi 39 The 3 Steps to Making Changes to Your BJJ
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Epi 39 The 3 Steps to Making Changes to Your BJJ

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This week we talk about making changes to your BJJ and developing a game plan.  We break it down into 3 main steps: 1) Define the objectives 2) Get help 3) Do the work.  You are the only person how is ultimately in charge of your BJJ development take responsibility and make it happen.  To help you obtain your goal we strongly recommend that your write it down.

1) Define the objective- Make a realistic objective that is attainable but not too easy.  Your objective can be a new move or you can try to change your style.  You might decide to make one of your best moves (a brick) even better, or you could make a week area of your game stronger.  Your objective could also be to drop a few pounds or become more flexible. It is up to you what you want to work on, make sure it is something that will pay off in the long run. Try to avoid picking a fad.

2) Get help- Tell your coach what you are working on, that way you two are on the same page. Get a small group of training partners together that will be able to help you. Find someone who is good at the area you are working on. Find a book that covers what you are working on, or watch YouTube videos(if you have not seen this YouTube thing, it's pretty sweet).

3) Do the work- No one can do the work for you, and no one knows if you are working as hard as you can. The bottom line is you gotta work hard to make changes happen.  At first making changes will be difficult, it will feel like you took a step backwards.

Toward the end of the show Byron explains how he is doing this 3 step process.  He will be working on his back defense. He then goes through the 3 step process with his objective.

Quote of the week:“Do you listen, or do you just wait to talk?” Pulp Fiction

Article of the week: "Beware The Belt Chaser" Grapplearts.com

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Epi 38 Nick Albin- He May Not Be A Jedi, But He Is Chewy
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Epi 38 Nick Albin- He May Not Be A Jedi, But He Is Chewy

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This week we talk to Nick Albin otherwise known as “Chewy”. He teaches and trains BJJ full time and is the head instructor at Derby City Mixed Martial Arts in Louisville, KY. Chewy is a Black Belt under Renato Tavares. He also has a website with lots of great information about BJJ here http://chewjitsu.net/ 

We talk about

  • How your teammates help you shape your game
  • Training with Renato Tavares
  • The idea that you always need to be learning in BJJ
  • Adding new techniques to your game
  • Chewy's style of BJJ, he moves a lot and pushes the pace
  • How his wrestling effects his BJJ
  • Competing as a wrestler and advantages for BJJ
  • His BJJ Blog chewjitsu.net
  • How he got the name Chewy
  • An article he wrote about chasing the next belt rank
  • Managing expectations at each belt level
  • How shorter time limits could effect grappling matches
  • Using competition video for training
  • Training with injuries
  • Advice for people competing for the first time
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Developing your own game plan for BJJ

Quote of the week: "Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain." William Faulkner

Article of the week: 10 Reasons you’re still a white belt

Links:

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Epi 37 Great Advice from Carlos Machado
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Epi 37 Great Advice from Carlos Machado

Carlos Machado is a Red Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He has been teaching BJJ in the United States for over 20 years.  He moved to Texas in 1995, and he is now running 6 BJJ schools. He is the oldest of the five legendary Machado brothers.

We talk about

  • A little bit of history about early BJJ in the United States
  • His style of rolling
  • Why he rolls for 20 or 30 min at a time
  • How his Jiu-Jitsu is getting better as he gets older
  • Using proper breathing techniques
  • Benefits of proper breathing
  • Why he feels that he could beat the younger version of himself
  • Examples of different breathing techniques (chew chew chew, 1,2,1,2)
  • What his brothers are up to
  • How he tries to make the techniques he already knows better
  • Some tips on escaping the mount and how he has changed his escape over the years
  • How he teaches complex moves by breaking them down
  • Advice for blue belts
  • Advice for competing in your first tournament

Vegas July 4 weekend 2014 Martial Arts SuperShowCarlos is teaching an arm triangle July 1, 9:00 amCarlos and John are also going to be at a booth for Q&A!! Swing by and check it out my friends!

Summer camp in Dallas Tx, starting July 7th for 4 days, and a second week starting on July 14th also for 4 days.

Thanks to our friend Jake Burroughs from The Ground Never Misses for setting up this interview with Carlos Machado.

Quote of the week: “The measure may be thought bold, but I am of the opinion the boldest are the safest” Haratio Nelson.  This Quote was presented by Nick Albin (Chewy) check out a full explanation about this quote from Chewy here. Chewjitsu.net

Article of the week: "BJJ for Beginners: A simple plan for weight loss" From http://alchemymartialarts.net/

Carlos Machado's website is www.carlosmachado.netLike the Carlos Machado facebook page here

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Epi 36- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 2 of 2
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Epi 36- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 2 of 2

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This week we have more stories from our listeners.  These are stories about getting injured and overcoming the injury. This episode is packed full of great advice for anyone who has been injured, or if you have a teammate that has been injured. It is important to know what to expect and the advice will help get you back on the mat my friends. Tommy- Our friend Tommy shares his story of his battle with testicular cancer.  He was diagnosed in 2010 with cancer after he found a lump on his testicle (Symptoms and Signs of Testicular cancer). He had surgery and then went through chemotherapy. The chemo was more difficult than the surgery. We talk about getting back on the mats and getting life back to normal.

Adam Sachnoff (Big Red)-

Check out some of Adam's accomplishments here.  Adam tore his ACL about five years ago doing judo and did not get it fixed  He did physical therapy and continued training and competing without an ACL.  He re-injured his knee while training for ADCC years later. After his ACL surgery he had very bad nerve pain in his foot. He gives a strong warning about the misuse of prescription pain killers. Adam has his own school, if you are in San Mateo be sure to check it out.

Jon Haskew- He is only 32 years old and has had 9 surgeries. The surgeries include 2 ACL and a MCL. He also has a bulging L5 disk, and 2 major staph infections. His knee injuries have contributed to his bulging disk. Jon got a staph infection with each ACL surgery. The infection was bad enough for the doctor to put in a picc line in his arm. Jon is now a big advocate of using Defense Soap to prevent getting staph infections. Check out Jon's gym here.

Michael Crampon- Michael suffered a broken rib while drilling take-downs. His training partner landed with his elbow directly on his rib.  He was off the mat for about 2 months to heal. He did lung exercises on an hourly basis to keep his lungs healthy. Since his injury he has had no lasting effect of the broken rib.  We also talk about some of the mechanics involved in his injury that involve grapples falling to the mat.

Mike- He tore his pectoral muscle trying to escape a kimura. Mike shares some of the test that his doctor had him do that help diagnose the problem. The doctor explained his options and Mike decided to get surgery to help get his body back to full health. For a while the only workout that he could do was the stationary bike. He was off the mat for about two months. Now he is back and trying to take it easy. He is selective with his training partners and wears a bright color sleeve on his bad arm so his training partners are aware of his injured arm.

Wil Horneff- Wil had a herniated disc and 5 bulging disks. This happened by lifting too much weight and being too tried during his kettlebell exercises. He decided to use a recovery tool called Antalgic machine. A year after using this machine he competed in the nogi brown belt pan am and won. After his initial recovery he worked hard to strengthen his core mostly doing planks. Besides being a serious BJJ athleate Wil was in the movie SandlotCheck out his gym here!

Quote of the week: “What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” Dean Smith Article of the week: "4 Keys to Better BJJ" from scienceofskill.com by: Willie Laney FujiSports.com is giving a listener a free rash guard.  There are two rash guard to choose from. The Robo and the Moko.

Epi 35- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 1 of 2
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Epi 35- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 1 of 2

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This week we have stories from our listeners.  These are stories about getting injured and overcoming the injury. This episode is packed full of great advice for anyone who has been injured, or if you have a teammate that has been injured. It is important to know what to expect and the advice will help get you back on the mat my friends.

Devin Pirata-(14m20s)

 

Devin was in his junior year of high school wrestling when he sustained what he thought was a shoulder injury. The injury came back in to play years later when he was a blue belt at a hard training camp.  He experienced intense pain in his right arm and shoulder.  Devin soon lost a lot of muscle mass due to atrophy. He found that he had a complete herniation of c5 and c6 and was told by his doctor that he would never train BJJ again.  After neck surgery he was able start training in three months and has since regained the muscle he had lost from the atrophy.  Devin occasionally has a stiff neck, but he has no major lasting effects.  Devin also gives some great advice for anyone who is going through a similar situation.

 

Michael Green- (34m40s) Michael suffered a torn labrum from a keylock submission while drilling.  This is a very rare situation in BJJ that someone gets injured during the drilling portion of the class.  About a month later Michael went to his doctor, he was told that he would need surgery to get better.  Michael credits his full recovery to taking his time in getting back on the mat and doing the proper rehab.

Mike- (45m19s)

Given enough time most of us doing BJJ will get ringworm. Normally it is no big deal and can be treated with an over the counter ointment like Lamisil.  Mike got ringworm on his scalp. He was given a topical treatment which actually made things worse.  It drove it deeper into his skin.  It then appeared to go away and come back even stronger, with a resistance to the medicine.  He was eventually able to get rid of it with tea tree oil.  Mike also talks about how this gave him a condition where he was very sensitive to ringworm and would get it even if he was not on the mat.

Jim- (59m50s) Jim's back was injured as a young man. About 25 years later his doctor told him that he had a major problem with his back from his old injury and it required surgery.  He found the best surgeon he could to do his spinal fusion.  Jim gives us a valuable warning about researching surgery online and the people who tell horror stories. BJJ has actually helped him get back into shape and strengthen his back.  Jim recommends being in the best shape that you can be in and finding the best surgeon for the job. We then talk about breaking the addiction to the prescription pain killers.

Arielle- (1h23m55s) Arielle shares a recovery story of when she injured her knee.  She had a full thickness tear in her ACL, MCL and a partial tear of her meniscus.  Her teammates did the drawer test to her leg and they knew that she had torn her ACL.  She was on crutches for two months and slowly got back on the mat after about 5 months. Arielle did yoga to help get her knee back to health.  After almost a full year she feels that her knee is 85-90% back to normal.  Arielle also gives some really good advice about overcoming the mental side of the injury.  Check out Arielle's gym here.

Dusty Grant- (1h42m26s)Our friend Dusty tore his ACL and medial meniscus during his first BJJ competition.  The drive home was over 2 hours and his knee got very sore sitting in the car.  Dusty got some bad advice from his first doctor and then he went to a specialist and his injury was confirmed.  Dusty was off the mat for a little over a year. Today his knee usually feels great, but it is a little stiff sometimes.  He credits his recovery to doing the rehab that was prescribed.  Dusty is in a great 5-piece metal/hard-rock band called Empire Falling.  He also let us play the song "Guilty" for the closing music.  Check out Empire Falling here!!

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Quote of the week: "There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs."

Article of the week: "Separation Anxiety: How To Instantly Improve Your Guard Game" by Stephen Whittier on http://40plusbjjlive.com/ 

Epi 34 Making Changes to Your Bjj Game
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Epi 34 Making Changes to Your Bjj Game

This week we take a break from having a guest on the show and Gary and Byron talk about making changes to your BJJ game.

In this episode we talk about:

  • When to make changes to your game
  • Why we prefer certain types of styles
  • Why making changes creates a lot of growth
  • Why it is difficult to make major changes to your game
  • Changing your habits of your rolling style
  • Making changes to get over a plateau
  • Making changes can be a lot of fun
  • When not to make changes
  • Making changes during a match Enter to win one of these great Fuji Sports rash guards.

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The quote of the week: "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great." Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own

Article of the week: 3-star Army general earns his black belt  armytimes.com

Epi 33 Breaking things down with Ostap Manastyrski
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Epi 33 Breaking things down with Ostap Manastyrski

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Ostap Manastryski is a brown belt under Elliott Bayev, he trains and teaches at OpenMat Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Toronto Canada.  Ostap breaks down BJJ videos on his YouTube channel, this is a great resource for anyone wanting to better understand BJJ.

We talk about

  • Ostap's YouTube Channel
  • Some of his notable tournament victories
  • Traveling and training BJJ for an extended amount of time
  • Teaching BJJ full time
  • Common mistakes in lower level BJJ
  • How he breaks down tournament footage
  • Advice for students that are going to do their first tournament
  • His first tournament experience
  • Competing a lot in a short amount of time
  • Preparing mentally for a tournament
  • The book With Winning in Mind, and how it has helped him
  • Coaching at a tournament and how to not be a "remote control coach"
  • Tips for coaching
  • Different Mantras that he uses during a match
  • Advice for blue belts overcoming difficulties
  • Researching different BJJ schools
  • Having the proper motivation for training
  • What a full day of training is like for Ostap
  • Training yoga to help deal with injuries
  • His long term goals
  • The new double guard pull rule
  • How to get Ostap to break down your videos

Quote of the week: "Don't be a Jack of all trades be a master of one"  This quote was presented by Jonathan Thomas.  This saying is a big pet peeve of his and he explains why.  Check out Jonathan's interview here.

LinksOstap's YouTube ChannelOpenMat Mixed Martial Arts AcademyBook With Winning In MindOstap's Facebook pageMore info about OstapOstap's Email ostapbjj@gmail.com

Article of the week- "3 Ways to Deal With Injuries in BJJ" Grapplearts.com

Check out these videos

BJJ Video Anaylsis - Otavio Sousa omoplata attack vs Lucas LepriOstap Analysis - Ostap vs Joao Miyao, Worlds 2012

Epi 32 Alliance Black Belt Jonathan "Macarrao" Thomas
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Epi 32 Alliance Black Belt Jonathan "Macarrao" Thomas

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This week we are joined by Jonathan Thomas.  Jonathan was recently awarded his black belt from Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti. You will find Jonathan training, teaching, and positional sparring at The Alliance headquarters in Atlanta.

This interview we talk about:

  • Jonathan's goal in his first tournament
  • Why developing a good guard is so important for beginners
  • Jonathan's basic definition of recomposing
  • Why recomposing is so important to BJJ
  • What attracted him to Jiu-Jitsu
  • How Jiu-Jitsu is like a large series of mini games
  • How he was able to train less than most of his competition and still win
  • Having a logical process to how you train
  • Why mindless drilling does not do much for your development
  • How Jonathan likes to positional spar and break down positions
  • The current rules and how they could change
  • Why passing the guard can be more difficult than using a specific guard
  • How the sport would change if the guard puller got a -1 point
  • His goals in competing
  • His mindset during competition
  • Doing Tabata for cardio training
  • Managing stress levels to clam down and not get tired
  • Developing long term development by focusing on positions 2011 Mundials Jonathan Thomas

Quote of the week- "Fail, fail again, fail better" Samuel Beckett.  This quote was presented by New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code Daniel Coyle.  Check out our interview with Daniel Coyle here

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Links

Article of the week- "5 Things to Focus on When Teaching BJJ to Children" from blog.gameness.com

Alliance

Jonathan's facebook page

Find more info about Jonathan Thomas here

Epi 31 Developing Talent with Daniel Coyle
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Epi 31 Developing Talent with Daniel Coyle

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Daniel Coyle is a New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent.  He is one of the leading authorities on developing talent.  He may not be a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but his ideas about how to practice can help you understand how you learn.  The methods he has found could help catapult your game to the next level and beyond.

We start off with these basic definitions:

Talent Hotbed- A place that has an unusual amount of extraordinary performers.  These places can be studied and we can learn about their different training techniques.

Muscle Memory- This is a not a real thing, all your muscle is controlled from your brain.  Muscle has no memory.

Myelin- When you build new skills they are insulated by a myelin sheath.  This sheath gets thicker as you practice and push yourself.  The thicker it becomes the faster and easier your connections become.

Deep Practice- This is the sweet spot when you are putting a lot of myelin between your connections.  People who continually put their selves in a deep practice learn quickly.  An example of this would be sparring with someone who is a little better than you.

We talk about:

  • The class structure of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • The difficulty of learning in a group setting
  • The learning environment that is created by leaving your ego at the door
  • Having the high intensity of a BJJ workout with a safe environment is a great place to grow
  • The best way to give feedback is to ask questions
  • Why it is important to design a training environment that forces people to ask questions
  • The large benefits to all of the students of having colored belts help teach techniques
  • Why you should be careful about the 10,000 hours rule
  • Quality of training is far more important than quantity
  • Why in some of the talent hotbeds they don’t spend all day practicing
  • The Bruce Lee quote “I fear not the man who has practiced ten thousand kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick ten thousand times.”
  • How YouTube has effected learning BJJ for good and bad
  • The better you get the more important the fundamentals become
  • Building fundamentals is like building a tree in your brain.  Make the trunk of the tree strong, so you can add things on to the tree.  With a strong trunk you can add things quickly and easily.
  • The survival zone, and why no learning happens in this zone
  • Some advice for a student who is competing for the first time
  • What is going on the mind of a top competitor?  Turns out that it is not much
  • The science of group success is a project he is currently working on keep your eyes open for this my friends

Quote of the week- “We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle.  This quote was presented by Ryan Hall.  If you missed Ryan’s interview with us it can be found here. Episode 30.  In an amazing coincidence this quote is in the first few pages of Daniel Coyle’s book The Little Book of Talent.

Article of the week- “Starting BJJ: What to Expect on your First Class”.  From Grapplearts.com

Sponsor- Fujisports.com If you are looking for a great first gi you cannot go wrong with the AllAround Gi.  It is a high quality gi and has a very good price.  Save 10% off your purchase at Fujisports.com with the coupon code “BJJBrick”

Links

Daniel Coyle’s website

The Talent Code

The Little Book of Talent

Epi 30 Ryan Hall Interview- BJJ, MMA, and Self-Defense
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Epi 30 Ryan Hall Interview- BJJ, MMA, and Self-Defense

In Episode 30 of the BjjBrick podcast we talk with Ryan Hall.  Ryan is widely considered one of the best lightweight submission grapplers in the world.  Ryan owns 50/50 Jiu-Jitsu in Falls Church, Virginia.  He is a Black Belt under Felipe Costa and a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter representing Tristar Gym.  Check out a more detailed bio of Ryan Hall here.

In this interview we talk about:

  • Ryan coined the term “50/50” for the widely used position
  • His new gym that he opened and why he moved
  • How his style of Jiu-jitsu will translate to MMA
  • His goals for his MMA career
  • Some of his negative experiences with competing in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Getting back into competitive Jiu-Jitsu
  • The different focuses and challenges of training MMA and BJJ at the same time
  • Making the transition from submission grappling to MMA
  • His next MMA fight on May 31st
  • Using actual MMA fights for live training and ring experience
  • Some common mistakes that BJJ athletes make when doing MMA
  • Performing to the best of your ability and nothing less, and being happy with that
  • Ryan shares some of his thoughts on Metamoris 3 Eddie Bravo vs Royler Gracie
  • His instructional DVDs- The Triangle, Passing the Guard, Arm Triangles, Back Attacks, Inverted Guard, The 50/50, and Deep Half.
  • What he is focusing on to get a competitive edge in MMA
  • Ryan shares the experience of his first grappling competition
  • Advice for the first time competitor
  • Why Ryan was attracted to the martial arts
  • Ryan’s self-defense story that took place Jersey Shore with Seph Smith, Dave Jacobs, and Jen Flannery
  • Using Jiu-jitsu in a street fight, and common misconceptions
  • “Regular people fight as well as they play hockey” a quote from Ryan Hall.  Fighting is a skill, if you don’t know how to do it you will not do it well.
  • Ryan gives advice for new blue belts that may be struggling
  • What could be next for his DVD’s

Quote of the week: This quote was presented and broken down by Stephen Whittier, “Just when you think you have all the answers, I will change all the questions”. I was unable to find who said this originally.  If you missed it be sure to check out our full interview with Stephen Whittier here.

Ryan Hall ADCC 2009

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Links:

Article of the week: “Losing is Good for You” NYTimes.com

Ryans DVDs www.groundfighter.com

Watch Ryan’s next fight here gofightlive

Watch Ryan’s restaurant fight here

Ryan’s website

Epi 29 Stephen Whittier of 40 Plus BJJ
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Epi 29 Stephen Whittier of 40 Plus BJJ

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Stephen Whittier is a black belt under Roberto Maia.  He has an academy in Wareham Massachusetts Called SBG East Coast.  Stephen has become a huge resource for the over 40 grappler.  He has lots of great advice not just for the over 40 grappler, but anyone who steps on the mat.

In this interview with Stephen Whittier we talk about:

  • Why having a specific style can hold you back
  • Why the fundamentals are so important in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Getting on the mat as a 40 plus grappler
  • Dealing with instructors that may not know how to coach the older grappler
  • The differences between teaching and coaching
  • The Aliveness component of jiu-jitsu
  • Starting BJJ as someone in their 50s or 60s
  • The social differences between the younger BJJ students and the older students
  • Finding the right gym for you
  • Why people quit jiu-jitsu after training the first time
  • Why people are drawn to try jiu-jitsu
  • Competing for the first time
  • Why stripping your attributes (speed, strength, flexibility….) out of your training can help you get better in the long run
  • How BJJ has changed over the years
  • How fundamentals are different than basics
  • Focusing on these three things- Posture, Pressure, and Possibilities
  • Tips for getting over common frustrations
  • We wrap up by talking about some of his products that he has to help the over 40 grappler

 

Quote of the week “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.  The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”  Mark Twain

Links

Article of the week- “3 Simple Things Great Teachers do” TheTalentCode.com by Daniel Coyle

Free email series: 40plusbjjlive.com

40 Plus Membership Site and Online Academy: 40plusperformanceacademy.com

Stephen’s Youtube page

40 Plus BJJ Facebook page

Stephen’s email Info@40plusbjj.com

Epi 28 Supplements with Dwane Clifford from Supplement U
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Epi 28 Supplements with Dwane Clifford from Supplement U

This week we talk to Dwane Clifford about training BJJ and how supplements can be a tool to help you reach your goals.

Dwane is a friend that we met on the mats. He has a passion for supplements and helping people reach their goals. Dwane has a philosophy of discovering the customers goals and then helping them find the right supplement or training to help.

We talk about:Supplements that help with flexibilitySupplements that aid with staminaWhy Jiu-Jitsu players should steer clear of products with a lot of caffeineTaking care of your jointsHow supplements can help lubricate your jointsWhat fish oil does and does not do for youSome tips for cutting weight, and how using supplements is really a last resortTips on cutting weight without using supplementsGaining size and strengthHow to tell if you are in a bad supplement storeCommon myths in the supplement industrySome of the bad things that happens in the supplement industryAdvice if you are new to taking supplementsOur Sponsor- Fujisports.com Coupon code “BJJBrick” for 10% off your order. Check out the Fuji All Around BJJ Gi. Gary and Byron both have this gi. It is affordable, comfortable, it is great for training and competing. This gi will last you for many years. Great value with this gi, and save 10% today!!

Quote of the week: Allen Hopkins (last weeks interview) gives us his favorite quote. He got this from Master Pedro Sauer. Allen asked him “what is the most important thing in Jiu-Jitsu?” Master Pedro Sauer responded with “to always be a gentleman”. At first this quote did not mean much to Allen, as he learned more about Jiu-Jitsu and life he realized this was truly a great quote and a great way to live your life.Links:Article of the week- “Surviving (Socially) the Beginner Phase of BJJ” by Valerie WorthingtonTheSupplementUThe Supplement U facebook pageCall Dwane at (785)833-2188 Mention this podcast to Dwane and he will give you a discount and free shipping.

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Epi 27 An Interview with Allen Hopkins
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Epi 27 An Interview with Allen Hopkins

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Allen Hopkins is a 3rd degree black belt under Master Pedro Sauer. His school is in Hattiesburg Mississippi. He attended his first seminar July 13, 1991 it was thought by Grand Master Rorion Gracie. After that seminar Allen Hopkins was hooked on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

 

We talk about:Training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu before the first UFCHis training in Japanese Jiu-JitsuAttending early Gracie Jiu-Jitsu seminarsHow Gracie Jiu-Jitsu got it's start in the United StatesThe Growth of Jiu-JitsuWhat is was like to attend the first UFCSome differences between Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-JitsuHis match back in the day with Eddie Bravo

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Quote of the week: “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything if it were a nail.” Abraham Maslow

Links

Article of the week: “Safe Training Rules for Women” Fifty/50 BJJ CailnAllen Hopkins website

Team Hopkins Association

Pedro Sauer's website

Epi 26 Gi Guide with Tom Machowicz
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Epi 26 Gi Guide with Tom Machowicz

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In this weeks episode we talk to Tom Machowicz (Mac) from Fuji Sports. We cover everything from getting your first gi to helping a seasoned veteran figure out what gi is best for competition.

This Gi Guide covers:Why do you need a gi?Advantages to training in a giHow judo gis are different from BJJ gisBasic types of gisTips for getting a gi for kids, women and menHow the location the gi is made can effect the qualityDifferent types of weavesHow to get a gi that fits youThe advantages of Rip-stopDifferent types of collarsHow to take care of your giShrinking your gi to get the best fitCommon mistakes with gi careHow to get your gi dry quicklyPutting a patch on a giCustom gis for your teamWhat makes a competition gi?

Quote of the week: We got this quote from an email from our friend Santiago. “My teacher is my opponent, my ego is my enemy” Renzo Gracie

Article of the week30 Signs You're A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Addict- Matadornetwork.com

Our Sponsor- FujiSports.com use coupon code "BJJBrick" for a 10% discount!

LinksThe Neppon Edition Gi Fuji All Around BJJ Gi (both Byron and Gary have this gi)Size chartCall our friend Tom at (212)769-1823 if you have any Gi related questions

Epi 25 Girls in Gis with Amber Oxford
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Epi 25 Girls in Gis with Amber Oxford

This week we have an interview with Amber Oxford. Amber is a Blue belt that trains at Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club. Amber is holding a free event called Girls in Gis on April 12 at the Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club. When she is not on the mats Amber is a full time nurse and she recently bought a salon it is called Tranquility Salon. Amber also finds time in her busy schedule to compete on a regular basis.Girls in gis started as an open mat for women, it has gotten much bigger. Girls in Gis is a nonprofit organization that helps promote BJJ to women.

Amber talks about:Getting more women on your BJJ teamThe Girls in Gis organizationHer experiences competingThe benefits of women doing BJJHow to get a Girls in Gis event to your areaAnd much more

Support us by checking out our sponsor Fujisports.com Coupon code "BJJBrick" for 10% off your purchase. Check out the women's Gi selection!

Quote of the week: This quote was brought to us by Coach John Connors “Commitment requires an endless series of small painful actions” Phil Stutz

Article of the week: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – A Female PerspectiveLinksGirls in GisAmber's Salon Tranquility SalonFujisports.comWichita Jiu-Jitsu ClubAmbers event on April 12th

Epi 24 Four Different Types of BJJ Matches
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Epi 24 Four Different Types of BJJ Matches

This week we talk about the four basic types of matches you could find yourself in BJJ. We gave each match a symbol, to make it simple.

1) The straight line or arrow (------, ------>). This is a one-sided match that progresses smoothly. This match goes from start to finish with one of the competitors dominating the other. A tip for a tournament is to watch the rest of your bracket as they compete. You might see someones game plan and be able to avoid the dominant parts of their game.

2) The Figure 8. This is a chaotic match. This type of match is typically at the lower levels, because the higher level competitors are more controlling and better at using any dominant position. If you find yourself in a match like this, you can win this match, but you are going to need to fight for it. Try to use the transition to your advantage. Decide your strong part of your game and find a way to get your opponent to that place. If you find yourself behind in a match, you might look for ways to make it more like a figure 8 match.

3) The Circle O. This match is like a loop (like the movie ground hog day). The competitors find themselves doing the same things over and over again. If you are winning keep this going. If you are on the wrong end of this match find ways to break the loop, you need to change some things that your doing.

4) The Dot . This match is when nothing is happening. Be ready for your competitor to try to score at the end of the match. Try to find a way to get the match going.

We also give some training tips, because you will encounter these types of matches in training.

Quote of the week- This quote was brought to us by Coach John Connors from Episode 23 “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” Albert Einstein

Article of the week: I'm not ready for a BJJ competition, From Chewjitsu.net

Epi 23 Interview With Coach and BJJ Black Belt John Connors
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Epi 23 Interview With Coach and BJJ Black Belt John Connors

This week on the podcast we bring you an interview with coach John Connors. John is the author of the e Book “Quick Start Guide to Complete Jiu Jitsu Competition Readiness”. This is a great guide for someone who is an experienced grappler or just starting out.

At the age of 35 John found himself in the business world and lacking the fun and excitement of a sport. John started BJJ with Roberto Maia, and the fun and excitement was put back into his fitness. John eventually got his black belt in 2006 from Roberto Maia. John is now 51 years old and is very active on the mat and he also has a passion for coaching.

John Connors talks with us about:Meeting goals off the matCoaching BJJ and MMAGrappling for older people and not getting hurtMaking a game plan for competitionDeveloping key movesPositional sparingLimiting your training to get better fasterMaking the most of your training timeCoaching during a matchSetting different goals for your competitionSparing like it is an actual match with a referee and a coachDealing with an adrenaline rushGetting better at winning scramblesThe advantages to getting a fast start to a matchAdvice for the non competitorSetting new challenges outside of your comfort zoneHow competition can help you get better at BJJAdvice for someone's first day at BJJ

 

Quote of the week: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden

Article of the week: 3 Steps for Returning to BJJ After Injury – Breakingmuscle.com

LinksGet John's Ebook for competition for free hereRickson Gracie Documentary ChokeWhy Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (this is a link to the entire book as a pdf!!)Email John Connors at John@dedhamjj.comJohn's Facebook pageJohn's Twitter @Connorsmma

Epi 22 The basic positions in BJJ and what to do
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Epi 22 The basic positions in BJJ and what to do

This episode we are covering some of the basics. We are going to break down some of the main positions in BJJ and give you some guidance for each one.  

We give tips and general strategies for:GuardSide ControlMountBackStandingTurtleQuote of the week: “When you loose say little, when you win say less.” Matt Hughes

Article of the week: nuclearchainsaw.com “11 Things Your Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Won't Tell You”.

Epi 21 The importance of escapes and how to get better
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Epi 21 The importance of escapes and how to get better

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We both spent a significant amount of time working on escapes. We have had a big increase in confidence with our grappling by getting better at our escapes. It is good to know that you will be able to escape a position.

Escapes fall into two categories: Escaping submissions, and escaping positions.

Tips:You need to be proficient at escaping from both sides (left and right), you do not get to choose what side is attacked.Put yourself in bad positions, the more you train at them the better you will get at escaping.Escape fast, if you get out of a position fast enough your opponent will not score points.Know the areas that you are weak in and work on them.Roll with people that can push you.Try working on two escapes at the same time.Ask questions, your teammates will be happy to help.

We also give some tips for escaping these common submissions:ArmbarTriangle chokeGuillotineChokes in general

Quote of the week: “What you everyday matters more than what you do once in a while”. Gretchen Robbin

Article of the week: Jijitsuvortex.com – Why and how to keep a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu notebook

our email is BjjBrick@gmail.com

Epi 20 Growth Vs. Goals
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Epi 20 Growth Vs. Goals

It is important to take a step back and look at your grappling game.  Are you in a mode where you are trying to accomplish a goal?  Or are you just trying to get better at BJJ in a particular area?  

 

Some examples of the goals mode that we talk about:

You have a tournament coming up that you want to do well in.

Achieve the next belt in BJJ.

To drop some weight.

Your goals should be:

Tangible

Realistic

Have a time frame

Results focused

 

 

Some examples of some areas that you might consider for growth:

Get a better defense.

Get a better offense.

Experiment with a new technique of strategy.

 

Ways to help develop your growth

Go in to a deep study of the area you are growing.

Use rolling as an opportunity to try your new stuff.

Ask upper belts for help.

Make sure you are growing in the correct ways, get some guidance from your coach.

You may need to try your new techniques on lower level oponents.

 

 

 

 

Quote of the week: “you can never defend someone else belt, that is their job.”  Sean Roberts If you catch a higher belt in a submission you should go for it, and there should be not revenge.

 

Article of the week: “How to be a BJJ Soccer Mom”  This article was sent in by our friend Mat, thanks buddy!  This is a great article that gives you some advice on how to support your team at a tournament.

Epi 19 Sean Roberts Metamoris 3 Preview
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Epi 19 Sean Roberts Metamoris 3 Preview

This episode is in iTunes, and stitcher radio

This week we have another preview of Metamoris 3. We talk to Sean Roberts, he has a match with Zak Maxwell (last weeks interview).

Sean Roberts is a Black belt under Ralph Gracie, he is currently training with Checkmat.

We talk to Sean about:-What he does to relax-What got him started in BJJ-His thoughts on Royler Gracie Vs. Eddie Bravo-The way he approaches the rules of Metamoris-How the Brown belt Kumite helped prepare him for Metamoris-His thoughts on how Zak Maxwell will approach the match-He shares a couple of personality traits that have helped him get better at BJJ-What he does before an important match, and how it has changed over time-What he was like as a blue belt and purple belt-Tips of competing for the first time, and building your confidence before a competition-His cross country BJJ tour he recently took, and his plans to do another oneQuote of the week: “Every kick in the ass is a step forward” Unknown. If you get kicked in the ass and you don't take a step forward, you fall down.

Article of the week: The art of losing 1- Sandhillsbjj.com By Roy Marsh

LinksOTMGi SoapNewaza ApparelSean Roberts Facebook page

Episodes Mentioned:Epi 17 Roy MarshEpi 18 Zak Maxwell

Epi 18 Zak Maxwell Metamoris 3 preview
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Epi 18 Zak Maxwell Metamoris 3 preview

Today we bring you the first episode of our Metamoris 3 preview.  We have an interview with Zak Maxwell, he will be competing in Metamoris 3 against Sean Roberts.  Zak is a black belt he is currently training at Gracie San Diego.  

Some of Zak Maxwell's accomplishments:

Pan American Champion as Purple and Brown belts.

World Champion as a Brown belt.

Pan American Absolute as a Brown belt.

3X ADCC pro trials as a Black belt.

Metamoris 3 will be the first time Zak has been in a submission only match.  We talk to him about his match with Sean Roberts.  Zak also tells us what it was like for him to start training as a kid.  Zak also offers some of his competition tips.

 

Zak Maxwell's Gi sponsor is HyperFly.  Swing by their website and if you get a Gi tell them thanks for supporting Zak!

 

 

Quote of the week- “Look at what you have, not what you want.” Roy Marsh

 

Links

Article of the week- 10 Tips to help the Non-Competitors Stay Motivated. From Groundworkbjj.com

Zak Maxwell's Facebook page

Gracie San Diego

HyperFly

Our Roy Marsh interview

 

Next week we have an interview with Zak Maxwell's opponent Sean Roberts.

Epi 17 Interview with BJJ Black Belt Roy Marsh
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Epi 17 Interview with BJJ Black Belt Roy Marsh

This week we bring you a very educational interview with Roy Marsh.  Both Gary and Byron got a lot of knowledge out of talking with Roy, we hope you do too.

Roy Marash is a Black Belt under Royce Gracie. He has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2001. Roy's game is always changing but he prefers a top game with a lot of top pressure. His go to guard is the butterfly guard. He trans a lot with the military.Roy talks about:Self defense- he gives some ways he adapts training for his BJJ students to deal with real world situations.Training for a tournament- He give some great advice on developing a strong tournament game.Breaking everything in BJJ down- Roy breaks BJJ down into four factors the two big factors are distance and angle, the two smaller factors are timing and pace.Staying positive after a tournament- If you have something bad to say about your tournament, you should also say something good about the tournament.Roy's House Theory- He wants to fight you in areas that he is good at, this is his house. Have places in each position that you are very good at.Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone- He is a firm believer in this, find what works for you and find ways to work around your own limitations.The BJJ community- We have such a great community and friends in this sport.Roy will be putting out a DVD this year on back control. Look for this DVD and we hope to have him back on the show to talk about back control.Quote of the week- "I can be paralyzed and miserable or paralyzed and happy, I choose to be happy." Brian Freeman. You can catch a entire interview with Brian in episode 16 of the BjjBrick Podcast.

Article of the week- JiuJitsubrotherhood.com Roger Gracie- Understanding the phenomeom.

LinksTeam rokRoy Marsh's website

Next week we start our Metamoris 3 preview!

Epi 16 Brian Freeman- Training BJJ with a T4 spinal cord injury
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Epi 16 Brian Freeman- Training BJJ with a T4 spinal cord injury

This week we are very lucky to have a interview with the very inspirational Brian Freeman.Brian is a disabled vet with a T4 spinal cord injury with Brown-Sequard syndrome. He is from Rockingham, North Carolina. Brian enjoys training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, his 8 year old daughter convenced him to get on the mat. He started by taking private lessons first then transitiond into the regular BJJ class.Brian shares with us how BJJ has changed his life. BJJ has caused Brian to be more active then he was and also helped him with his lack of appatite. Jiu-jitsu has also given him more confidence.we also talk about Brian's:-First UFC experence-Favorite techniques-Unique challanges-Goals-Rwards that BJJ givesWe thought it would be ineresting to talk to Brian's coach BJJ Black Belt Roy Marsh (Team R.O.C.). Roy is co-owner of the Martial Arts Academy of Southern pines and he is the head instrctor of the BJJ program. Roy was kind enough to talk to us about training with Brian. Roy is a firm beliver that BJJ is for everyone. When Brian showed interest in learing BJJ Roy was happy to help.

Quote of the week "Pratice does not make perfect, prartice makes myelin, and myelin makes perfect" Daniel Coyle. This quote make not make since at first but we break it down. As you pratice it actually makes small changes in your brain that makes things easier for you to perform.

Article of the week:

Freakoutandshutdown.blogspot.com "Getting Tough"

LinksDaniel Coyle's websiteTeamrock.netSandhillsjiujitsu.comBrian on twitter @wheelchairjitsu

Epi 15 The Business side of BJJ
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Epi 15 The Business side of BJJ

This week we talk to Shawn about the business side of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  We get some great advice from Shawn about how to start your own gym or help make it more profitable.  We also get some advice for professional athletes, and how they can save some money.  He give some advice on where to go to get help making a business plan for the new gym owner. Shawn also gives tips about using social media to promote your business. Quote of the week: "If you work hard and smart, you will be successful in life" Renato Tavares Links Article of the week: Bjjee.com 20 warning signs of a BJJ McDojo SCKEDD.org this website is for Kansas but there are economic development sights like this for every state. SBA.gov  this website can help you get your business off and running, for free. If you need to contact Shawn email him here shawnr@cuofamerica.com

Epi 14 Renato Tavares Interview
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Epi 14 Renato Tavares Interview

This week we bring you an interview with BJJ 5th degree black belt, Renato Tavares.  Renato has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 1974, thats 40 years!! Renato talks to us about: -Importance of having strong fundamentals -Comparing BJJ to life- He breaks down the different belt colors to different stages in life -A story about when he moved gyms and ended up loosing $40,000 and training in his garage.  Now today he has his successful gym with many students and 17 schools in his association. -Advice on competing for the first time.  He recommends doing a few smaller tournaments before doing larger ones.  Renato actually does some "in school" tournaments to give his students practice at competing. -The belt promotion requirements that have been set by the IBJJF.  This has become a big topic in BJJ, Renato helps clear up some confusion about the belt system. -Setting goals, he gives several tips on how to set goals and meet them. -He takes us through his warm up routine. -He shares some of his most happy moments in his BJJ life. Quote of the week:  This week we have a one word mantra "Go".  We talk to Jason Bircher from KCBJJ, and he explains how this simple mantra has helped him with his training.  Jason is a black belt under Renato Tavares, and we are fortunate to match him up with our interview with Master Tavares. Article of the week- 40plusbjjlive.com "One of the biggest mistakes you can make in BJJ training"  This mistake is something that both Gary and Byron have done and if you are able to avoid it, it will save you time and energy.  We recommend that you swing by this website and read the article. RTBJJA.ORG Renato's article on setting goals with a calender Renato's Facebook page Renato's Youtube page Renato's sponsors Ground control and Ground fighter Renato's DVD's

Epi 13 Dallas Niles of Lovato BJJ
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Epi 13 Dallas Niles of Lovato BJJ

In this weeks podcast Gary sits down for an interview with Dallas Niles.  we are found in, iTunes, and Stitcher radio, and our website BjjBrick.com

Dallas Niles is a 29 year old purple belt.  He recently did a seminar at Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club.  Gary took the opportunity to get a great interview. Has been training BJJ for about 6 years under Rafael Lovato Jr.  Dallas closed out the 2012 pan ams with Jarrod Dopp.  He has placed at the Europeans, no-gi worlds, and won american nationals. Dallas will be competing in the Europeans at the end of January.  After that he will be competing in a long string of tournaments for the next 6 months. Dallas shares with us lots of information about; training, motivation, goals, competing, coaching, dealing with losses, competing with wrestlers, go vs no-gi training, his favorite submission,hobbies out side of BJJ, and much more. Contact info: Of Dallas Niles His Facebook page here or Lavato’s Facebook page here Quote of the week – “If you think, you’re late. If you’re late, you muscle. If you muscle, you get tired.  If you’re tired, you die.  When you die is when you tap.” Saulo Ribeiro Article of the week- (actually a website)- Mike Calimbas is the worlds number one photographer of BJJ.  Byron and Gary have both liked his Facebook page and we recommend that you do to.  If you miss a tournament Mike will provide your news feed with stunning pictures of all the action.  Visit Mikecalimbas.com or his facebook page Facebook.com/DSLRmike. Next week we have an outstanding interview with BJJ black beltRenato Tavares!

Epi 12 The Different types of white belts
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Epi 12 The Different types of white belts

Today we are going to be talking about the different types of white belts in BJJ.  You might be a white belt or you might be coaching one, this episode should be a benefit to anyone who trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Types of White belts Totally new:  You may appear to be a blank slate, but you are going to bring something different to the table.  Good for you for getting in there and trying it out.  In the long run this grappler should be a smooth rolling partner. Coaching tip- Make it fun. Wrestler:  We welcome this talented grappler to the BJJ mat.  Your years of hard work on the mat will pay off.  Find ways to adapt your game to dealing with the different positions and submissions.  Your mat strength and ability to scramble well are priceless.  We recommend Justin Rader's new DVD for any wrestler looking to transition into BJJ (we put a link at the Bottom of the page).  We talk about the big cultural difference between BJJ and wrestling.  Wrestlers get a big advantage in getting to compete a lot in a short amount of time.  This helps get rid of the nerves that may hit many people who do BJJ. Coaching tip- Help them transition there skills to fit BJJ, and make sure they learn both sides of the game not just the top position. Experenced with other martial arts:  No matter what art you have dedicated yourself to learning there will be benefits from what you know.  Judo is a great martial art back ground for BJJ.  The striking arts are a lot different but you learn a lot of discipline and the ability to deal with pain and discomfort.  Do remember, that you are doing a new martial art and you need to leave your colored belt at home.  You will be starting as a white belt, if you walk in wearing a colored belt some students will probably go a little too hard on you thinking that you are ready for it. Coaching tip- Help them stay positive, and acknowledge their accomplishments in the other arts. Strong:  Congratulations you have put the time in the gym and became very strong.  At first your strength will seem like it is failing you, as smaller players teach you that strength is not everything.  In the short term learn the techniques.  In the long run your strength will be there for you and make your moves even better. Coaching tip- Pair them up with people who will roll safely.  Try to get them to focus on the technique. Skinny: This person will often have a difficult road as a white belt, but if they hang in there they can become a technical beast.  Most schools have a lot of smaller people, they will be happy to share there skills with you. Coaching tip- Acknowledge that it is a difficult road but it will soon get better.  Protect them from catching too many hard rolls.  These grapplers will make a coach proud. Overweight: If loosing some weight is a goal BJJ can help.  Try to find ways to enjoy exercise and if you have fun with BJJ you are on the road to success.  Don't push your self too hard, keep it fun.  During openmat you can take a round or two off to take a break.  Your weight can be an advantage, try to avoid using your weight in ways that if you lost your weight your BJJ would suffer (no big guy moves).  If you are not on the mat yet, just give it a try. Coaching tip- Push them but not too hard, and stay positive about progress. Old:  You are older and wiser (hopefully).  Listen to your body.  Don't ignore your ongoing pains.  BJJ can be hard on your body so go at your own speed.  Roll with people who are not likely to injure you, it is okay to avoid some people.  Try to give your body time to heal in between days you train.  Even though you may lack with experience on the mat you might find yourself in a leadership role with the team. Coaching tip- Understand that they may not be able to train as much as the younger grapplers.  Find out what there goals are and help them reach those goals. Young:  First off we must say that you are NOT invincible.  If you have the opportunity to wrestle in school we both (Gary and Byron) recommend it, even if it means you take some time off of BJJ.  We list many advantages to doing some wrestling, even if you are not great at it. Coaching tip- It might be hard to let one of your students leave for wrestling season but they will grow a lot in that time.  Just be sure you call them and make sure they get back in the gym after the season, they might bring a friend or two back with them.  Make sure the young grappler understands that it is okay if they don't win as long as they learn from it. Athletic:  If you are good at other sports try to find some unique aspects that you bring to the table.  Athletic people just seem to pick up things quicker, focus on a few moves and get really good at them. Coaching tip- Find ways that they like to get coached.  They are use to getting coached and should take it better than most. Competitor:  Remember that you are a white belt, competing against other white belts.  This is just the first step in your competition journey, good or bad learn from it and look to move up in the ranks.  Develop a game plan with your coach and try to force your game on your opponent.  Stick to the game plan. Coaching tip- Help them avoid burnout, expectantly after a loss. Busy: You have a job, a spouse, a family, or what ever is taking your time.  We recommend that you try to find time to grapple at least once a week.  Coaching tip- Having a wide range of times people can train will open up opportunity for busy people to roll. Bonus (you):  Everyone is different, I am guessing that you can relate to more than one of these categories.  Find what works for you.  People grow at different rates, you might get promoted quickly or slowly.  Just keep training. Quote of the week: "Don't listen to what people say, watch what they do" Unknown.  Watch someone teach a technique, but then also watch them do it as they roll.  There might be some small details they forgot to tell you. Article of the week: Returnofkings.com - Five Things I Learned About Life From Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Swing by and check out the article it is an interesting read.  If you would like to send us an article email it to BjjBrick@gmail.com We read a list that was made on our Facebook page of movies that can describe your BJJ game. Watch Byron fail at trying to quickly make a grilled cheese sandwich before heading to BJJ class. Justin Rader's Hybrid success formula:  We have both trained with Justin and are very excited to get into this DVD, and learn from this world class grappler and coach. Find the podcast on iTunes here Find the podcast on stitcher radio here

Epi 11 Underdogs and what we can learn from them
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Epi 11 Underdogs and what we can learn from them

We talk about the David and Goliath and other underdogs that found a way win.  What do these underdogs have in common?  If you are an underdog how can you turn it to your advantage?

We talk about a book by Malcom Gladwell: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.  This book sheds a new light of the David and Goliath story.

We compare David to Royce Gracie, in the early UFC.

We also talk about Nick Newell, the one armed MMA fighter that continues to win fights.  And Anthony Robles the champion wrestler who is missing a leg.

Quote of the week: both of these are from Rickson Gracie “Where there is discomfort there is fear.” “You have to find comfort in uncomfortable situations.”

Links

Article of the week: Zombiebjjpa.com “3 Tips for Beginners in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”.  If you are new to bjj even if you have some experience this article makes some great points.

Here is the video Gary sent to Craig.  Enjoy! Then send it an unsuspecting friend.

Malcom Gladwell’s books: Outliers, Blink, The Tipping Point, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, and David and Goliath.  All these books are interesting, my personal favorite is probably Blink.

Daniel Coyle- The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.  Here is my review of this book.

Seminar with Dallas Niles

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Short Bonus Episode: What happened to Anderson Silva's leg?
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Short Bonus Episode: What happened to Anderson Silva's leg?

Short Bonus episode:

What happened to Anderson Silva's leg?

Today I am wondering like many of you, what happened to Anderson Silva?  Why did his leg break from his kick?  Can this type of injury happen to me?  How can I prevent this from happening.

I call up my favorite medical professional, Paramedic Craig.  We don't know for sure what caused his leg to break but he says that a stress fracture is a likely cause.  We talk about what a stress fracture and what are the causes of them.  Craig also talks about the signs and symptoms of a stress fracture (tenderness, swelling, pain even after rest).  Stress fractures will go away on their own with proper rest and nutrition.

Recovery for a broken tibia and fibula, is about 3 to 6 months.

We briefly talk about what to do for a injured classmate and how to splint this kind of injury.

We wish Anderson Silva the best of luck with a full and speedy recovery.

Link to Episode 9 an interview with a paramedic, what to do when someone gets hurt in class.

Link to the podcast in iTunes

Link to the podcast in Stitcher radio

Epi 10 Dealing with injuries
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Epi 10 Dealing with injuries

This podcast is available in iTunes and on Stitcher radio.

Just about everyone will need to deal with an injury from time to time, this is a contact sport.  Today we talk about healing quicker, training with the injury and when to take some time off.  It is important to listen to your body, if it hurts it may be trying to tell you something.

Craig talks about having problems healing due to cholesterol medicine.  Here is an article talking about the side effects of some cholesterol medicine.

Gary and Byron both share stores of dealing with rib injuries.  Gary recommends keep working out with something, even if it is not BJJ.  He takes salmon oil from supplement u.  Gary will use a foam roller to help get rid of neck, back, and muscle pain.

With some injuries like ribs or back, it will be painful to move so it will be too difficult to roll.

If you can’t train, you can study a select move or two intensely.  When you return to the mat, you will have some new stuff to work on.

We talk briefly about the need to have health insurance to help you financially if you get seriously injured.

Jiu-Jitsu does not really have an offseason, like many other sports do.  Most sports go months when people don’t train much.  In BJJ we just keep rolling, often this means that our bodies will not fully heal.

Injuries to people in their first year can convince the person that the sport is not for them.  If this happens to one of your training partners you should contact them and try to encourage them to get back on the mat once they are better.

It is important to help your injured teammates get back on the mat. 

It is especially important to keep safety in mind when rolling with a new person.

A good way to prevent injuries is to leave your ego at the door and get rid of a negative attitude.

 

Quote of the week-“If man were to say something deep in woods and no woman was around to hear him, would he still be wrong?”

Article of the week- Tap out 101- Tips if you Starting BJJ Over Forty

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Epi 9 an interview with a paramedic, what to do when someone gets hurt in class
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Epi 9 an interview with a paramedic, what to do when someone gets hurt in class

Today we have a good friend Craig on the show.  Craig has been in the emergency medical field for over 32 years, he is a paramedic.  Craig has been training Jiu-Jitsu for approximately 8 years.  He shares some of his knowledge about dealing with injuries that might happen during class.  We cover a lot of stuff in this episode! You could find yourself needing to know this information on or off the mat.  This episode should help you make the right decisions after an injury happens.

 Craig helps us learn about these topics:

How to determine if it is a serious injury and if you need to call for help

What happens to your body if certain bones are broken?

Tips on splinting an injured extremity, and when you are not going to be able to splint something

When you should not splint an injury

What to expect when an ambulance is called

Internal bleeding

What is an open fracture, and why you need to call an ambulance

Tips on minimizing pain after an injury

Tips on what should you do before the ambulance arrives

What you can do to help someone that could have a serious neck injury

A tip to help healing is the acronym R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, elevate)

How quickly do you need to get stitches?

Why chest pain is not to be ignored

Why abrasions are more likely to get infected than a cut

Signs of an infected scrape or cut, and the consequences

Why it is so important to have good hygiene and a clean gi?

How to help someone that get choked unconscious

Dealing with a concussion

Signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Tips for staying safe when you are training in a high heat environment

 

 

Some things that should be in a first aid kid at your gym- 4X4 bandages, band aids, a sling and swath, antiseptic gel, medical gloves, ice packs, aspirin, scissors, safety pins, and tape.

 

 

Quote of the week- “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela

Article of the week- A easy way to stay out of trouble in the guard By Stephan Kesting  Stephan gives some great tips for avoiding getting attacked if your posture temporarily gets broken.

Links 

Craig recommends sportsinjuryclinic.net as a great reference.

A guide to splinting injuries

How to immobilize someone’s injured neck

Ozz grappler soap

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Episode 8 To gi or not to gi?
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Episode 8 To gi or not to gi?

We have a good mix of people talking about gi vs nogi training.

Byron likes both, Gary is a nogi guy, and Matt likes the gi more but the nogi rules.

The gi game can be described like a game of 5 vs 5.  More technical and slower pace.

Epi 7- The 12 Commandments of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Carlos Gracie
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Epi 7- The 12 Commandments of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Carlos Gracie

We break down and discuss the 12 commandments.  We don't always agree with the commands but they have a great overall message. 

1. Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

2. Speak to every one of happiness, health, and prosperity.

3. Give all your friends the feeling that they are valuable.

4. Look at things from a positive point of view and turn positivity into a reality of life.

5 Think only about the best, work only or the best, and always expect the best.

6. Be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are of your own.

7. Forget about past mistakes and concentrate your energy on the victories of tomorrow.

8. Always make those around you happy and keep a pleasant attitude to all those who address you.

9. Apply the largest amount of your time on self-improvement and no time in criticizing others.

10. Be too big to feel unrest, too noble to feel anger, too strong to feel fear, and too happy to tumble in adversity.

11. Hold a positive opinion of yourself and tell it to the world.  Not through words of vanity, but through benevolence.

12. Believe strongly that the world is in your side, if you keep true to what is the best within you.

 

Quote of the week: "don't suck" from Jake Fox

Question from Facebook: We talk about drug testing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

 

Links

Fox Fitness: Jake Fox joins us again in this episode.

Good times at our Facebook page.

Article of the week: Texas Kids Fight Bullying With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, By Teresa Woodard

Epi 6 Jake Fox
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Epi 6 Jake Fox

Jake is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Andre Tim Monteiro.  He opened up his own academy in Wichita Kansas about a year and a half ago.   Jake has done MMA, Muay Thai, and Jiu-Jitsu. We start off this interview about Andre telling us a little about Jake. Jake talks with us about: -Opening up his own school -His journey from white belt to black belt -His training philosophies -Training at different skill levels -Dealing with injuries -Overcoming Obstacles   Quote of the week "we are not here to knit" Jake Fox Article of the week The Bleacherroport.com "BJJ Has Lost it's Effectiveness as an MMA Base" Links: Fox fitness Fox fitness Facebook page Fox raw bars Facebook page The Bleacherroport.com "BJJ Has Lost it's Effectiveness as an MMA Base" Blackout fighting championships

Epi 5 Jason Bircher KcBjj.mp3
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Epi 5 Jason Bircher KcBjj.mp3

Today we talk to Jason Bircher.

  • He is a black belt under Renato Tavares, he has a BJJ club in Kansas City.
  • Jason talks about his history in BJJ.
  • He gives us several tips for competing.
  • He will give you some great advice with developing your game.
  • Throughout the interview you can tell Jason has a deep passion for BJJ.

This interview is available in iTunes and Stitcher radio.

Quote “The man is the size of his dreams” from Andre Tim Monteiro

Article of the week- From Innerbjj.com “The Bjj Contrarian”

LinksKCbjj.com If you are in Kansas City check out Jason’s gym. He is a great instructor and leads a fun class.Innerbjj.com “The Bjj Contrarian”Facebook page

Epi 4- Andre Tim Monteiro
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Epi 4- Andre Tim Monteiro

We talk to Andre about

  • His nick name “Tim”
  • How BJJ has helped him reach his dreams
  • He has 2 different types of BJJ games (in the gym, competition)
  • Overcoming his first big loss as a kid
  • His training schedule (he trains every day!)
  • Andre gives great advice to students who are going to compete for the first time
    • Get a game plan
    • Train your game plan at the gym
    • Stick to your game plan at the tournament
    • Please listen to your coach on the side of the mat
    • What he the does before an important match
    • The slow progress in your own BJJ, and how to look at it differently
    • The current rules in BJJ
    • Should or could BJJ be in the Olympics

Quote of the week: “Don’t practice until you get it right.  Practice until you can’t get it wrong.” Unknown

Links

Andre’s Facebook page

Andre’s website

Andre’s sponsors: Koral Fight co. Fightertech

Epi 3- BJJ and self defense
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Epi 3- BJJ and self defense

Today we talk to John Castillo about BJJ and self defense.

John Castillo:

Epi 2- Bringing a friend to BJJ class
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Epi 2- Bringing a friend to BJJ class

Tips for bringing a friend to your BJJ class

Your main goals should be to keep your friend safe and to have fun.

                Keep them safe by helping them to roll with experienced grapplers that will not injure them.

                They will have fun if they are able to relax, BJJ is naturally fun.

You are an ambassador for BJJ. 

                To anyone that you know that doesn’t train, you are most like the best BJJ practitioner they know.  You may have only been going a month to BJJ class, but in their eyes you are the only person they know that trains.  You are their “Jiu-Jitsu guy” or “Jiu-Jitsu gal”.

 Tell your friend what to expect for their first BJJ class.  They will be less nervous if they know what to expect.

What is the format of the class? Warm up, technique, rolling….

Tell them about mat etiquette.  They don’t want to break these rules, but if they don’t know the rules they might be breaking them.

Tell your friend what to bring.

What should they wear?  Do they need to bring water? 

Drive your friend to class if you can.

This may seem odd but they will really feel like you are doing everything you can to help them.  The conversation you will have on the way home could mean the difference between your friend being frustrated about the class or excited.

What friends should you invite?

                Invite anyone that asks you a few questions about BJJ.  Or anyone that seems like they would give it a try. 

Bonus tip- Call them the next day and ask them what they thought, try to make it with them to their next class.

3 Tips for helping the new student that does not know anyone.

                Be outgoing and welcome them into the group.

                Show them around and answer any questions they might have.

                Treat them how you would like to be treated if it was your first day on the mat.

Quote of the Week- “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth

Article of the Week- “Attending BJJ Class While Injured: You’re Still A Part of the Class and We do Want You Here” By- A Skirt on the Mat

The gyms Gary mentioned in this episode.  Fox Fitness, Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club.

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Episode 1 Train leg locks safely
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Episode 1 Train leg locks safely

Epi 205 Chelsah' Lyons Training Tips and Amazing Stories
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Epi 205 Chelsah' Lyons Training Tips and Amazing Stories

Chelsah' is a brown belt under Rob Ables at Marcelo Garcia of Dallas. She shares some amazing stories in this interview. She also enjoys competing as much as she can and balancing her busy schedule.

We talk about:

  • Her starting MMA before BJJ
  • Being held up at gun point...... Twice
  • Getting discipline from martial arts
  • How Jiu-Jitsu changed her life
  • Working four jobs and training to compete
  • Some of her favorite techniques
  • Learning to do wrist locks
  • Helping other students
  • Her future in martial arts
  • How she keeps the women's class fun and effective
  • Advice for running a class for women
  • The growth of women in BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: "Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal." E. Joseph Cossman

Article of the week: Defend the Primary Threat

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Epi 204 BJJ and Weight Loss With Weston Roberts
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Epi 204 BJJ and Weight Loss With Weston Roberts

Weston is 18 years old, he has lost 100lbs and it is fair to say BJJ has changed his life. He has been training for around three years in Jasper Alabama.

We talk about:

  • Starting BJJ at 280 lbs and getting down to 180 lbs
  • Trading video games for BJJ
  • Getting into a flow state while rolling
  • Tips for learning BJJ
  • Advice for someone starting jiu-jitsu for weight loss
  • Talking to your training partners while you roll
  • Tips for rolling with higher level people
  • Teaching BJJ as a lower belt
  • Making changes to your diet
  • Performing better with a improved diet
  • How BJJ could benefit kids in school

Quote of the week: “There is still no cure for the common birthday.” John Glenn

Article of the week: I think I suck at BJJ

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Epi 203 Mike Bidwell From BJJ After 40
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Epi 203 Mike Bidwell From BJJ After 40

This week we have Mike Bidwell from BJJ after 40. We cover a huge range of topics in this show.

We talk about:

  • Mike's start to martial arts
  • His early days of BJJ and MMA
  • The value of competing
  • Spending 13 years as a brown belt
  • Moving schools as a brown belt
  • Getting out of shape as a brown belt
  • Setting small goals to get to the next level
  • Talking with an instructor about your next belt
  • As a vegan what he likes to eat before training
  • Why he loves the triangle choke
  • Tips for having a good triangle choke
  • Goals for the BJJ after 40 practitioners
  • Starting BJJ while in your 40's
  • Drilling take downs instead of doing them at full resistance
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Chasing a criminal that was messing with his car
  • Advice for BJJ players older than 40
  • The differences between a black belt and a brown belt
  • What it means to be yourself on the mat
  • The term "Flow Mike Bidwell"
  • Working with Nic Gregoriades
  • The Cryangle choke and how he came up with the name
  • Why the cryangle choke works best against the flexible opponent
  • Creating the body that you want to do BJJ with
  • Looking for the lessons when you get tapped out

Links:

Quote of the week: "No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen." Epictetus

Article of the week: What you need to know when transitioning from the gi

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Epi 202 Things BJJ Can Learn From MMA and Vice Versa
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Epi 202 Things BJJ Can Learn From MMA and Vice Versa

We can learn lessons from anywhere and find ways to bring these lessons to BJJ. An easy cross over is MMA. This episode we will be applying MMA ideas to BJJ and BJJ ideas to MMA.

BJJ learn from MMA

  • Athleticism maters
  • Top game is fun (and less tiring)
  • Position before submission or winning
  • Getting stuck can be game over
  • Have more than one coach (guard passing coach, takedown coach)

MMA learn from BJJ

  • Cleaner guard passes
  • Try a gi class to roll with the best grapplers in the area
  • Training not to win but to learn
  • Escapes with a gi
  • Long term focus

Quote of the week: "Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they've got nothing to lose." Robin Williams

Article of the week: 3 Michael Langhi's success rules

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Epi 201 Eddie Fyvie 1st Rickson Gracie Cup
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Epi 201 Eddie Fyvie 1st Rickson Gracie Cup

This week we talk to Ricardo Almeida black belt Eddie Fyvie. Eddie is organizing an innovative tournament called the Rickson Gracie Cup. This tournament will feature both BJJ, self-defense, and a seminar by Rickson Gracie.

We talk about:

  • The Rickson Gracie Cup September 9 and 10
  • A Rickson Gracie seminar the evening of September 10
  • Promoting self defense with BJJ
  • The basic rules for the self defense contest
  • What is was like to host the biggest BJJ seminar in US history
  • Teaching BJJ to 320 people at the same time
  • What does self defense bring to jiu-jitsu
  • Not having advantages in this tournament
  • Using a stalling clock like a shot clock
  • Giving incentives for competitors to finish the match

Links:

Quote of the week: "You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war." Napoleon Bonaparte

Article of the week: Understand Where The Danger Is! And Don’t Be There!

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Epi 200 Kids BJJ Revolution Korbett Miller
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Epi 200 Kids BJJ Revolution Korbett Miller

We are proud to reach episode 200. We could have not made it without great listeners and guests. At this landmark episode we are thrilled to bring you an interview with BJJ black belt Korbett Miller. Korbett is dedicated to helping schools grow and promoting BJJ to the next generation of grapplers.

We talk about:

  • Being a successful school owner
  • The potential for a youth program in a BJJ school
  • Some of the benefits for kids doing BJJ
  • Kids BJJ compared to other martial arts programs for kids
  • Kids BJJ Revolution online training
  • Having over 200 kids at his school
  • Scheduling a kids class based off of when school gets out
  • How to get kids to pay attention and learn techniques
  • Having drills work like a game
  • Slow and right and fast and tight drills
  • Building grit in kids with BJJ
  • How to properly praise a student by talking about effort or strategy
  • Rolling vs drilling for kids and adults
  • How kids earn their white belt in his program
  • Goals of a kids program
  • Controlling the environment the kids are in not the kids themselves

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Quote of the week: “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” Babe Ruth

Article of the week: 5 Common Mistakes in Cutting Weight

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Epi 199 Venla & Hanna- Juggling Busy Lives and High Performance on the Mat
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Epi 199 Venla & Hanna- Juggling Busy Lives and High Performance on the Mat

Hanna and Venla are BJJ black belts currently in Sweden from Finland.  They are both active competitors with busy schedules. Hanna is in med school, and Venla is a school teacher. Venla won worlds as a black belt in 2014 the same year she was awarded the rank of black belt.

We talk about:

  • Training BJJ in Sweden
  • BJJ in Finland
  • Treating BJJ as a hobby
  • Venla competing in Finland at ADCC 2017
  • They always follow the same training routine and it is working
  • Training 5-7 times a week
  • Having simple and focused training
  • Doing lots of positional sparring
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Traveling and doing BJJ
  • They share some of their teaching methods
  • Teaching 5-10 seminars a year
  • Teaching training methods not just techniques during a seminar
  • Off the mat benefits they are getting from BJJ
  • Balancing work life with BJJ
  • Dealing with nerves before a competition
  • Avoiding mindless repetitions while training

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Quote of the week: "I wasn't naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; Everything I did in hokey I worked for, and that's the way i'll be as a coach" Wayne Gretzky

Article of the week: Things to Remember When Learning Jiu Jitsu

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Epi 198 Better BJJ Habits For Better BJJ
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Epi 198 Better BJJ Habits For Better BJJ

Your Habits on and off the mat can have a huge and lasting effect on your performance in BJJ. This episode we discuss some habits you might consider to help yourself become a better grappler.

We talk about:

  • The importance of being consistent with your training
  • The habit of eating healthy
  • Taking notes
  • Keeping notes on injuries
  • Having fun on the mats
  • Rolling one more time after class
  • Be an active listener
  • Have something you are working on while rolling
  • Tap to prevent injury
  • Helping your teammates
  • Share the art of jiu-jitsu
  • Mentally warm up before a roll

Quote of the week: “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” Lou Holtz

Article of the week: Why You’ll Quit Jiu-Jitsu: How to handle these pitfalls!

Garys audio book is called "How to Butter Your Roll, Smooth Jiu-Jitsu"

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Epi 197 Travis Conley- BJJ, Sambo, & Unnecessary Roughness
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Epi 197 Travis Conley- BJJ, Sambo, & Unnecessary Roughness

This week we have an interview with Travis Conley. Travis is very active competitor from Kansas City and has a BJJ black belt under Rentao Tavares.

We talk about:

  • Wrestling in high school
  • Doing pro wrestling
  • His start with Jiu-Jitsu
  • His style of grappling
  • Advice for applying more pressure in side control
  • His match with Kyle Sandford in Chokes by the Ocean
  • Doing Sambo internationally
  • Defending submissions in Sambo
  • Dealing with stress during a tournament
  • His thoughts on the current competitive BJJ environment
  • Social media and BJJ
  • Why it is important to stay humble

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Quote of the week: “To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week: How to Care for your Grappler

Mat Tales Episode 21 Bad Boy Shorts and Dad Bod

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Epi 196 Nathan Orchard Talks Grappling Systems, Creativity, Competition, and Much More
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Epi 196 Nathan Orchard Talks Grappling Systems, Creativity, Competition, and Much More

Nathan Orchard is a Tenth Planet black belt under Eddie Bravo. You will find Nathan training in his gym in Portland Oregon.

Nathan Orchard talks about:

  • Wrestling as a kid
  • Doing MMA when he was 16 years old
  • His start to Jiu-Jitsu
  • Seeking knowledge over comfort
  • Learning by studying instead of a traditional coach
  • The development of his double under system
  • Closed loop and open loop systems for grappling
  • Watching competitors to develop a game plan
  • Working with a Samuri sword and learning about footwork
  • Advice of not comparing yourself to others
  • How following his desire to draw has benefited his life
  • Why it is important to tollow your passions
  • The Book of Five Rings
  • Jiu-Jitsu broken down into transitions, positions, and submissions
  • Submissions broken down into bars, twists, and compressions
  • His thoughts on when to learn heelhooks
  • How he is able to train defense with lower belts
  • His attitude toward his teammates
  • Taking the role of a servant to his students

Links:

Quote of the week: "Practice makes permanent"

Article of the week: BJJ Seminars…. get the most out of them

Roll-a-Thon July 22 at Fox Fitness BJJ

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Epi 195 SBG Black Belt Leah Taylor
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Epi 195 SBG Black Belt Leah Taylor

Leah Taylor is a BJJ black belt under Matt Thornton and Travis Davison training at Straight Blast Gym of Montana. Leah is a competitor and coach, she recently took bronze at her weight class at worlds.

We talk about:

  • Her start to martial arts
  • Rolling for the first time with a woman during a competition
  • The mental side of competing
  • Using meditation for get better results on the mat
  • Doing MMA at fusion fight league
  • Dealing with a panic attack while training MMA
  • Teaching women's self defense classes
  • Non martial arts ideas to help keep women safe
  • Warning signs of a abusive relationship
  • What having a begginer program has done for SBG in Kilispell Montana
  • A beginner class is 50 percent female
  • Dealing with rough training partners
  • When someone should consider competing
  • Her future plans for competing
  • Other competitive sports she has done
  • Why she is always trying to finish the match

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Quote of the week: "There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” -- George Shinn

Article of the week: Bronx teacher uses jiu-jitsu teachings to keep kids out of trouble

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Epi 194 Steve Maxwell Talks About Fitness, BJJ at 64, Diet, and More
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Epi 194 Steve Maxwell Talks About Fitness, BJJ at 64, Diet, and More

This week we bring you an interview with one of the top fitness coaches in the world and Durty Dozen BJJ Black Belt Steve Maxwell.

We talk about:

  • His start to fitness
  • How Olympic lifts slowed his athletic process
  • Finding success with wrestling
  • Doing BJJ at 64 years old
  • Using less than 60% of your strength while training
  • How to tell if you are using too much strength while rolling
  • The difference between Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and BJJ
  • Body weight exercises vs weights
  • The concept of time under load while working out
  • Avoiding injuries on the mat
  • Traveling and doing BJJ
  • Early training with Royce Gracie
  • Helping your training partners become better teammates
  • Not depending too much on grips
  • The health effects of competitive Jiu-Jitsu
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Some tips he uses to get the most out of his food
  • Exercising while fasting
  • Not eating breakfast
  • The fitness test of a 24 hour fast

Links:

Quote of the week: "The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison." James Cash Penney

Article of the week: The five commandments of the underhook half guard

Jaramie Parrish talks with us about a We Defy Foundation Roll-a-thon at Fox Fitness

Gary's audio book is called "The Alligator tooth"

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Epi 193 How to Evaluate Your BJJ Game for Better Results
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Epi 193 How to Evaluate Your BJJ Game for Better Results

Take a proactive step and evaluate your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game. This can pay off huge in performance and enjoyment. Many people stress working hard and smart. Evaluating your game is a smart move toward future success. After all working really hard on all the wrong things is not an effective use of your blood, sweat, and tears.

We talk about:

  • The difference in being evaluated by your coach and yourself
  • Why evaluate your game
  • Finding your strengths
  • Finding your weaknesses
  • Are your favorite moves actually good for your game?
  • Setting the right goals
  • The dangers of comparing yourself to your teammates
  • A good way to compare yourself to your teammates
  • Evaluate why are you getting injured
  • Is your game deep and narrow or wide and shallow
  • The value of elevating your game

Quote of the week: "Just for today" series of quotes

Article of the week: HOW TO MAKE A SEMINAR RAPIDLY IMPROVE YOUR BJJ

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Epi 192 Roli Delgado Talks BJJ, MMA, Business, Coaching, and More
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Epi 192 Roli Delgado Talks BJJ, MMA, Business, Coaching, and More

This week we bring back a listener favorite Roli Delgado. Roli has been a BJJ black belt for ten years. He runs a very successful school in Little Rock, and he is well known for his ability to perform and teach leg locks. Roli trains with GFteam and his coach is Denilson Pimenta.

We talk about:

  • His off the mat life and changes toward jiu-jitsu
  • Changes in his coaching jiu-jitsu
  • The difference between coaching and teaching
  • Coaching a student that is having a difficult time finishing a match
  • The mental side of competing
  • His martial arts background
  • How he learned to work off the fence at TUF
  • Training with Billy Robinson
  • How Billy Robinson would answer questions differently than you would expect
  • Catch wrestling as a sport and it's uses for MMA
  • How dangerous heel hooks actually are
  • The rule sets he likes
  • He explains the funnel concept for BJJ
  • Developing athleticism and doing BJJ
  • Dealing with a hand injury
  • He gives us a cheat sheet for running a BJJ gym
  • Interesting thoughts on handling complements

Links:

Quote of the week: "Our Greatest Glory Is Not in Never Falling, But in Rising Every Time We Fall" Mr. Anonymous

Article of the week: Three Types Of Students Instructors Can’t Stand by Mark Mullen

Korbett's Kids Epi 4 Dealing with challenging students

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Epi 191 Nic Gregoriades From Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood
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Epi 191 Nic Gregoriades From Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood

This week we have an interview with Roger Gracie black belt Nic Gregoriades. Nic shares some of his amazing BJJ journey with us this week.

We talk about:

  • Getting his black belt from Roger Gracie in 4 years
  • His plans to move to the United States
  • How teaching has affected his own growth
  • His training before he became a black belt
  • How your BJJ changes as you age
  • Starting a Jiu-Jitsu Sisterhood
  • Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood
  • What Brotherhood means to Nic
  • Why it is important to eat good quality foods
  • The Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood logo
  • BJJ for Yoga

Links:

Quote of the week: "Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant" Robert Louis Stevenson

Article of the week:We are joined this week for by the Author Miles Brown from Forge Fitness Studio in Wichita. Do ice baths work for recovery?

Mat Tales 19: Legend Down Under

Yoga for grapplers review https://youtu.be/84Kj-r1m8pg

The Bring Your Dad to BJJ seminar is June 17 at fox fitness.

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Epi 190 Learn Why Elizabeth Clay Has Had Such A Fast Start To Grappling
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Epi 190 Learn Why Elizabeth Clay Has Had Such A Fast Start To Grappling

Elizabeth Clay is in the record books as the youngest person to qualify for ADCC. She trains in Anchorage Alaska at Legacy Jiu-Jitsu. She has been training since the age of twelve. We are excited to watch her compete in the 2017 ADCC.

We talk about:

  • Starting BJJ at twelve
  • The game she like to use for competitions
  • How her game changes based on the rules
  • Training for worlds and ADCC
  • Training 7 days a week and 2-4 times a day
  • Swimming and hills for cardio
  • Graduating school early
  • Her team is basically all male
  • Listening to music before competing
  • Competing in the adults division to get good matches

Links:

Quote of the week: "Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip Toe if you must, but take a step." Naeem Callaway

Article of the week: Why I Do Jiu-Jitsu by Joe Thomas

The Referee Corner Part 5 Hand Signals Check out the Grappling Referee here

June 17th is "Bring Your Dad to Jiu-Jitsu Day"

Gary's audio book is called "tippy toe to a double leg"

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Epi 189 Using Your Gifts to Get Better at BJJ
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Epi 189 Using Your Gifts to Get Better at BJJ

It is important to look at yourself and reflect about what attributes you have that can help you get better at BJJ. We look at Physical, Mental, and Situational advantages (Gifts) you have and how to get the most out of them.

Gary as a big good looking gift. This image is a prank that Gary was unaware of.

Some of the physical gifts we talk about:

  • Speed
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Your height

Some of the mental gifts we talk about:

  • Patience as a student and instructor
  • Having a memory for technique
  • Being a people person
  • having a competitive spirit

Some of the situational gifts we talk about:

  • Having a great BJJ gym near you
  • Having a stable family life
  • Having a supportive spouse or partner
  • Being healthy
  • Being part of a great team
  • Having a great coach
  • Being financially stable

 

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Quote of the week: "Wouldn't it be great to be gifted? In fact.... It turns out that choices lead to habits. Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts. You're not born this way, you get this way." Seth Godin

Article of the week: Visiting another school…. Getting the most out of a drop in

We welcome new patreon supporters Mindy and Alexander

Mat Tales 18 Hitting the Road for BJJ

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Epi 188 Chop Certified With BJJ Legend Dustin Denes
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Epi 188 Chop Certified With BJJ Legend Dustin Denes

The List of people that have tapped out Marcelo Garcia is short but it includes Dustin Denes AKA Clean. Enjoy this weeks interview because it is going to be like nothing you have heard before.

Dustin Denes "Clean" teaching a seminar at fox fitness.

We talk about:

  • Becoming a Brazilian National Champion in 2000
  • Tapping out Marcelo Garcia with a RNC
  • Being certain that you will be successful
  • Tapping into your full potential
  • Motivation vs discipline
  • How he developed discipline as a boy
  • How he got the name "Clean"
  • Chasing efforts
  • The definition of "Chop Certified" and "Jiu-Jitsu Chop"
  • Teaching productivity while doing a BJJ seminar
  • Why he learns everyone's name while teaching a seminar
  • Why he teaches a smaller number of techniques that you will be able to remember
  • Why you have a good side and a great side not a bad side
  • Tips on goal setting
  • How pain motivated him to win tournaments
  • Why it is important to make some sacrifices when preparing for a tournament

Links:

Quote of the week: "I only train on days ending in a Y." Neil Ohlenkamp

Article of the week: Hey, Jiu-Jitsu Competitors, Stop Apologizing For Your Losses

Gary's book this week is called "The Hair Lock"

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Epi 187 A Look Into Special Operations Combatives Program With Greg Thompson
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Epi 187 A Look Into Special Operations Combatives Program With Greg Thompson

This week we have an interview with Greg Thompson. Greg is the creator of SOCP (Special Operations Combatives Program) www.socp.info. On March 23, 2010, SOCP became the first officially designated combatives program for all U.S. Army Special Operations Forces. ERB Codes: (SOCP I: BRT), (SOCP II: FBR) SOCP is now the standard program for fighting in kit. Greg is also training Federal and State Law Enforcement, FBI, ATF, Border Patrol and Special Contract Units.  Continue reading about Greg Thompson here.

We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts and wrestling
  • What is was like training in the early days
  • Getting started in training people in special operations
  • Some of the tactical decisions a law enforcement officer must make
  • Why it is important to know the limits of what you are training
  • His conversations with a closed minded martial artist
  • Training safely for violent encounters
  • Controlling the distance
  • Knowing how to use the proper force multiplyer
  • Knife training and common mistakes with training with knifes
  • What someone doing BJJ can do to prepare for self defense
  • Grappling and training with a knife
  • Grappling with teams or more than one vs one
  • Police officers dealing with stress and the use of force
  • How to de escalate self defense situations
  • How to avoid legal trouble for defending yourself
  • The pros and cons of different self defense tools
  • How to protect yourself from a home invasion
  • How to avoid someone breaking into your house
  • How to deal with a home invasion situation
  • Creating safe habits
  • Using your BJJ skills if you get a job in the military or law enforcement

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Quote of the week: "No intelligent man has ever lost a fight to someone who said 'I'm gonna kick your ass" Rory Miller

Article of the week: A Complete Victory by a 1% Margin

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Epi 186 Rising Grappling Star Conner DeAngelis
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Epi 186 Rising Grappling Star Conner DeAngelis

This week we have an interview with Atos rising star Conner DeAngelis.

We talk about:

  • Moving to Atos to train BJJ
  • His style of game
  • Getting double gold at worlds in blue belt nogi and winning Pan Ams
  • How bad coaching can effect sports performance
  • A lesson learned from a loss
  • Dealing with nerves before competing
  • Cooking advice for young athletes
  • His training schedule

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Quote of the week: "Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.” Pat Tyson

Article of the week: 7 Reasons Your Jiu-Jitsu Isn't Getting Better

Gary talks about his book he is going to release called "Cooking the cauliflower ear with Mike Tyson"

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Epi 185 An Amazing Story and Advice From Sarah Draht
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Epi 185 An Amazing Story and Advice From Sarah Draht

This week we have an interview with BJJ brown belt Sarah Draht. She has been training since 2005. She shares her wealth of experience in Muay Thai, BJJ and MMA.

We talk about:

  • Her start in martial arts
  • Some of the things that make her passionate about BJJ
  • Running a women's Muay Thai program
  • How a bad car accident almost killed her and kept her off the mat for four years
  • Recovering from her car accident
  • Mind Gym : An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
  • How to avoid getting injured before a tournament
  • Advice for women transitioning from BJJ to MMA

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Quote of the week: "'Find a job you like, and you add five days to every week." H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Article of the week: Live Sparring/Free Rolling: Get more out of it than just a good fight

Safe word of the week: Peanut butter

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Epi 184 The speed of your Jiu-Jitsu
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Epi 184 The speed of your Jiu-Jitsu

This week we talk about an important and sometimes overlooked attribute to BJJ. The speed of the game may be something you use to your advantage or something that you are find yourself working to mitigate.

Gary has no idea that I put him in the movie poster from the movie speed. -Byron

We talk about:

  • Tips for the slower grappler
  • Some techniques that are better done slowly
  • Why your speed may leave you some day
  • When you should slow down or speed up
  • How to speed things up
  • How to slow things down
  • The speed of particular positions

Quote of the week: "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." not by Anita Goodman but the quote was said by Og Mandino

Article of the week: Positional Sparring: Getting the most out of it

Korbett’s Kids Epi 3-  Korbett Miller answers a question about kids and drilling. Check out Korbett’s website here for more info on developing a strong kids program at your academy.

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Epi 183 Gina Franssen From X2 Fitness
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Epi 183 Gina Franssen From X2 Fitness

This week we have an interview with Gina Franssen. Gina is Minnesota’s first female Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. You can find her at her female focused gym X2 Fitness. We cover a wide range of topics in this interview.

Gina Franssen (far right)

We talk about:

  • What BJJ was like for women fourteen years ago
  • How she was involved in a women's only BJJ school
  • Adding men to what was once a women's only BJJ school
  • What she looks for in quality male training partners
  • How she got started in martial arts
  • A tip to find a gym while traveling
  • Advice for women starting BJJ
  • Why it is important to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable

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Quote of the week: People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way. A. C. Benson

Article of the week: Drilling: How To Get the Most Out Of It

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Epi 182 Chokes and Jokes With Submission Ace Dominique Bell
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Epi 182 Chokes and Jokes With Submission Ace Dominique Bell

Dominique Bell is a brown belt training and teaching at Atos Jiujitsu HQ - San Diego. Dominique has been on fire on the mats and is definitely a person you should be watching. In his spare time he is the person behind BjjComics.

We talk about:

  • Training BJJ full time
  • Training in the army combative program
  • Moving across the country to train at Atos
  • BjjComics.com
  • Similarities of BJJ and rock climbing
  • The differences in his gi and nogi game
  • His bottom game strategy for nogi
  • His first experiences doing jiu-jitsu
  • How he prepares mentally and physically 30 min before a mach
  • Why it is so important to have a game plan

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Article of the week: Competing in mid-adulthood: How to train to win after age 35

Quote of the week:  "It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it." Voltaire

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Epi 181 Interview with Kim Pruyssers
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Epi 181 Interview with Kim Pruyssers

This week we bring you an interview with Kim Pruyssers. Kim is a purple belt in BJJ, she recently placed silver at Pan Am. You can find Kim training at Pacific Top Team in Corona California.

We talk about:

  • Juggling a busy life and training BJJ
  • Her competition history
  • Training full time and raising four boys
  • Transitioning from only training with the gi and now doing no-gi
  • Some of her favorite attacks
  • Her first experiences with Jiu-Jitsu
  • Her women's only program and why it is successful
  • Lessons she has learned by coaching
  • Why some women's classes fail
  • Her strategy for competing in open weight
  • Advice for women starting BJJ in a class with all men
  • Training on a busy schedule
  • Advice for dealing with frustrations on the mat

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Quote of the week: "If your arm breaks do not stop, if your windpipe is crushed keep going, your knee gets destroyed, why stop. Always, always keep going forward. Your body will heal itself so no reason to slow down."-Jeffery Gloover

Article of the week: 3 Tips To Improve Your Takedowns

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Epi 180 The Aging Grappler
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Epi 180 The Aging Grappler

Are you a little (or a lot) older than most of your training partners? Today Gary and Byron speak from their experience and offer advice to the aging grapplers out their doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

We talk about:

  • Age on the mat is relative
  • How to roll the odometer back on your mat age
  • Changing the way you view yourself
  • Dealing with your own ego as you age
  • Making changes to your game to fit to your body
  • Getting better with age
  • Finding joy in watching your team get better
  • Benefits of being a little older
  • Tips for starting BJJ as an older student
  • Setting a schedule that is healthy for training

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Quote of the week: "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Mark Twain

Article of the week: Training Partners Trump All

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Epi 179 Pedro Sauer 8th Degree Coral Belt
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Epi 179 Pedro Sauer 8th Degree Coral Belt

We are very excited to bring you an interview with a grappling legend. Pedro Sauer earned his Black Belt from Helio and Rickson Gracie in 1985. He now shares his over 40 years of experience on the mat. Joining the interview with Pedro Sauer is a past guest on The BjjBrick Podcast Brent Lillard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We talk about:

  • His start in Jiu-Jitsu in the early 1970s
  • The BJJ belt system after black belt
  • Continuous learning on the mat
  • How to avoid missing training time due to injuries
  • Learning Jiu-Jitsu vs Jiu-Jitsu or Jiu-Jitsu vs bad guy
  • The importance of learning self defense first in your training
  • Creating a learning culture
  • How you can train with Pedro Sauer in Brazil
  • Training camp in Petropolis, Brazil
  • Staying safe while in Brazil
  • Saving money when you book your flight to Brazil
  • What Pedro Sauer was like as a blue belt
  • His experience fighting Mr. Utah
  • Advice for the grappler that can not train everyday
  • Advice for the older grappler
  • Being able to teach Jiu-Jitsu

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Quote of the week: "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up" Babe Ruth

Article of the week: "The Worst Grappler on the Mat"

Mat Tales 16 "Solo Club"

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Epi 178 Amazing Tips and Advice From Black Belt Matt Jubera
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Epi 178 Amazing Tips and Advice From Black Belt Matt Jubera

This week we have an interview with Second Degree Ribeiro Black Belt Matt Jubera. He as won pan ams multiple times in different divisions.

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Starting wrestling in highschool
  • Using his wrestling in BJJ
  • Why being a little bit lazy can help you add efficiency to your BJJ
  • Using a heavy pressure style
  • Focusing on the bread and butter moves
  • The idea of training ugly
  • Upcoming competitions
  • Tips for how he has been able to stay injury free
  • Tips for preparing mentally for a competition
  • Advice for training on a busy schedule
  • Competition training advice
  • Building a good defense your first few years

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Quote of the week:This week we have three quotes presented by Neil Melanson.

  1. Iron sharpens Iron, so one person sharpens another Proverbs 27:17
  2. As a coach figure out why not how
  3. Loyalty goes two ways

 

Article of the week: Are You Doing the Right Things Before and After BJJ?

Gary's audiobook is called "Iron Sharpens Iron, Just Like Gary Sharpens Byron"

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Epi 177 Legendary MMA Grappling Coach Neil Melanson
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Epi 177 Legendary MMA Grappling Coach Neil Melanson

This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Neil Melanson. Neil is one of the top MMA coaches teaching grappling. Neil is the former Head Grappling coach at both Xtreme Couture Las Vegas and Alliance MMA you will now find him as Head Coach of The Blackzillians MMA Team. Neil has coached many fighters including Dominic Cruz, Randy Couture, and Michael Chandler.

We talk about:

  • Not training with the gi
  • What is catch wrestling
  • The rules, submissions, and tactics of catch wrestling
  • Ground fighting for MMA
  • Why some wrestlers struggle doing MMA grappling
  • Neutralizing an athletic opponent
  • The importance of having a good attitude for training
  • Learning things from lower belts
  • The problem with hierarchy in grappling
  • How to make grappling more interesting
  • Being able to submit someone that is better than you
  • The changes in the leg lock game
  • His Catch Wrestling Formula DVD
  • Using the cage for grappling in mma

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Quote of the week: "To get better you have to step out of your comfort zone. You can't do the same things you've always done & improve." Jordan Burroughs

Article of the week: There are Two Types of Coaches. Which are You?

The Referee Corner Epi 3 Belts getting untied

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Epi 176 Top Mistakes Made in BJJ
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Epi 176 Top Mistakes Made in BJJ

Today we are talking about mistakes made on the mat. We share some personal stories and things we have noticed.

We talk about:

  • What Byron did as a purple belt that was a mistake for around a year
  • A basic principal Gary learned as a white belt
  • Learning how to take advice from your coach
  • Mistakes made as an instructor
  • Not tapping fast enough
  • Being over confident when starting BJJ
  • Having the right amount of tools in your tool basket
  • Avoiding leg locks
  • Fighting from your knees
  • Not doing the right type of drilling
  • Not letting injuries heal

Quote of the week: “The best advice I was given if that if you want to succeed and you want to achieve, you have to learn how to handle failures.” Mike Scioscia, MLB champion manager

Article of the week: Charismatic Leadership or Personality Cults in Jiu Jitsu: The Fine Line Between Respect and Worship

Korbett's Kids Epi 1-  Korbett Miller answers a question about kids training to compete. Check out Korbett's website here for more info on developing a strong kids program at your academy.

Garys audio book is called "The Tool Basket for BJJ, Find the Right Tool for the Job"

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Epi 175 Bernardo Faria 5X World Champion
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Epi 175 Bernardo Faria 5X World Champion

We are so happy to have Bernardo Faria as our guest on this week's episode. It has been a while since we have had him on the show, and we have some catching up to do.

We talk about:

  • Setting big goals
  • His plans for 2017 worlds
  • His off the mat plans
  • How getting older has affected his training
  • Why his style of BJJ game is good for the ageing player
  • How the half guard was discovered
  • His game plan
  • How he developed his game plan by only doing techniques that worked well for him
  • The growth of his blog and helping the BJJ community
  • Weight cutting and weight management
  • He has never got a DQ for missing weight
  • His diet for dropping the pounds
  • Tips for white belts competing
  • A look into turning white belts blue
  • Going to BJJ to learn and have fun
  • He answers questions for our blue belt episode
  • Focus on learning BJJ not tapping people out
  • Opening up his own school

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Quote of the week: "Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing." Oscar Wilde

Article of the week: 22 Off The Mat Habits That Will Improve Your On The Mat Performance

Mat Tales #15 Mexican Standoff

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Epi 174 No-Gi 2016 World Champion Josh Hinger
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Epi 174 No-Gi 2016 World Champion Josh Hinger

We are excited to bring you an interview with BJJ Black Belt Josh Hinger. Josh is a first degree black belt under Andre Galvao. Josh also recently won the Medium Heavy weight class at 2016 no-gi worlds.

We talk about:

  • How he got to know Andre Galvao
  • Training with and without the gi
  • Cutting weight for BJJ or no-gi
  • His experience at no-gi worlds 2016
  • His thoughts on sub only matches
  • Trash talking in BJJ
  • The growth of Jiu-Jitsu
  • His start in BJJ
  • Competing in the adult division
  • His DVD Hingertine
  • Dealing with anxiety on the mat
  • Mental preps for competition
  • Hesitation is the death of Jiu-Jitsu technique
  • Tips for beginners
  • How difficult it can be to start BJJ

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Quote of the week: "Being angry and resentful of someone is like letting them live rent-free in your head." George Foreman

Article of the week: No Time Machine ... Only Heating Seeking Missiles

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Epi 173 BjjBrick Coach of the Year Larry Keith
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Epi 173 BjjBrick Coach of the Year Larry Keith

We are proud to have Larry Keith as the BjjBrick coach of the year. Larry has been training martial arts for around 35 years. Larry is a third degree black belt in Kodokan Judo and a brown belt in BJJ. He enjoys mixing throws with ending up in a dominant position. This is a great interivew with a outstanding person that we

We talk about:

  • Starting his martial arts program
  • having a large kids group
  • He is a big guy and he talks about not using it too much
  • How to turn a student into someone who can be more aggressive
  • Starting his own dojo
  • Working with the local boys and girls club helping to prevent bullying
  • Zero tolerance policy in public schools
  • Using a buddy system to prevent bullying
  • The goals he has when teaching kids judo and jiu-jitsu
  • Getting kids to do martial arts for their lifetime
  • Kids and competing in tournaments
  • Giving kids a leadership role on the mat
  • The importance of a family atmosphere in BJJ
  • Learning by teaching
  • His plans for competing more

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Quote of the week: "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." Thomas Jefferson

Lesson of the week: Dealing with traffic and taking a detour to still reach your goal.

The Referee Corner “Epi 2 Sandbagging” starting at 1h33m

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Epi 172 Six Amazing Black Belts Answer Questions About Blue Belts
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Epi 172 Six Amazing Black Belts Answer Questions About Blue Belts

This week we have a HUGE episode. We take six well known and respected black belts and ask them all the same five questions about blue belts. There are some similarities and differences within these interviews but the amount of jiu-jitsu wisdom about blue belts in this episode is amazing.

The five questions we asked to the six black belt guests

  1. Do you have requirements for a blue belt? What are they?
  2. How important is it for students to be able to "defend" their belt?
  3. How many intangibles (good teammate, good effort, helps others) come into play when promoting someone to blue belt?
  4. Do you ever regret giving someone a blue belt?
  5. What advice to you have for the new blue belt?

 

Tim Sledd 24m 25s

  1. Tim explains some of the techniques he requires for a student to know before receiving a blue belt.
  2. Tim talks about why some students get tapped by lower belts and if it is a big deal.
  3. Why he looks at character of a student not just technique, and how this can hold someone back.
  4. Why he has no regrets of any belts he has given out.
  5. Advice for the new blue belt.

Matt Thornton 58m 30s

  1. How he evaluates blue belts based on performance, and not looking at particular techniques.
  2. Why it is important for your first blue belts to be very good at a school.
  3. The importance of having good people on the mat.
  4. Why he is confident in all his blue belt students.
  5. Why it is important to relax and work on open guard as a blue belt.

Bernardo Faria 1h 17m 30s

  1. Bernardo talks about Fabio Gurgel's system to get a blue belt a student must attend 120 classes.
  2. The idea of not tapping to a lower belt is an old mentality.
  3. Having a bad attitude will hold students back.
  4. Not having an actual belt test, and not regretting giving someone a blue belt.
  5. Keep your ego low, and work on learning jiu-jitsu.

Daniel Covel 1h 25m 05s

  1. His minimum requirements of techniques for a blue belt. The responsibilities of the instructor to the students.
  2. The importance of learning from your mistakes, and making adjustments.
  3. Why it is important to have good people and teammates on the mat.
  4. He has no regrets about any of his past blue belts.
  5. It is important to recognise the hard work on the mats.

Henry Akins 1h 42m 50s

  1. Understanding the basic positions and a handful of basic submissions.
  2. Why some upper belts get caught by lower belts.
  3. Why it is important for a blue belt to be a good training partner.
  4. Why getting tapped out is part of the learning process
  5. Why blue belts should work hard to develop a strong base.

John Will 1h 59m 30s

  1. Why he likes having requirements for blue belts but not so many for other belts.
  2. It is rare for a colored belt to get tapped by a lower belt, but it is no big deal.
  3. Why the culture of the gym is so important. The concept of a ox neck and rat's head.
  4. It is often normal to feel like you don't deserve a new belt
  5. Ask five simple questions for every technique you learn to learn more details.

Mat Tales 14 Mouse in the House

Quote of the week: "Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." Lao Tzu

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Epi 171 The Se7en Deadly Sins and BJJ
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Epi 171 The Se7en Deadly Sins and BJJ

Could one of the seven deadly sins be holding you back in BJJ? What we can learn from them to avoid problems on the mat. Today we break down how the deadly sins can be holding you back. The sins are; Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, and Sloth.

We talk about:

  • Pride, and the difference in being confident and having too much pride
  • What is feeling too proud of a tournament or belt promotion
  • Being envious of training partners or coaches
  • Getting mad while training
  • How to tell when you have a passion for something or a lust
  • How being greedy with your knowledge and time on the mat will hurt you
  • How laziness even when you show up can greatly slow your progress
  • The mistake of only doing the fun parts of BJJ

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Quote of the week: "Never settle" Dr. Jen Case

Story of the week: How my dogs can drop everything at a moments notice and chase a squirrel, and how this can related to your BJJ training.

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Epi 170 Black Belt Dr. Jen Case
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Epi 170 Black Belt Dr. Jen Case

This week we bring you an interview with Dr. Jen Case. Dr. Case has a PhD in human nutrition, she studies nutrition and sport performance. Dr. Case is a black belt under Renato Tavares and she trains in Kansas City with Jason Bircher.

We talk about:

  • How Jiu-Jitsu has effected her education
  • The idea of passive insufficiency and BJJ
  • Comparing a black belt to a Phd
  • The importance of strength and skill on the mat
  • Weightlifting for BJJ
  • Diet tips for better performance on the mat
  • What you should eat based on the time of day
  • Cutting weight
  • Teaching women's only seminars
  • Advice to women who are new to BJJ
  • Advice for students going to school and BJJ
  • Goals for new students
  • A women's only BJJ seminar Feb 4, 10-11:30 that she is teaching

Links: Kansas City BJJ

Quote of the week: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."  Aristotle

Article of the week: Meet the 5 worst enemies of the BJJ fighter

We also debuted our new segment The Referee Corner "Epi 1 Most common mistake in BJJ"

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Epi 169 James Clingerman of The Fight Hub
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Epi 169 James Clingerman of The Fight Hub

James Clingerman is a 3rd degree black belt in BJJ, and he has been teaching BJJ for almost 17 years. Along with running The Fight Hub he teaches in his academy in Indianapolis, Indiana.

We talk about:

  • Some of the DVD's he has produced
  • How he got into the business of producing BJJ DVD's
  • How he has used BJJ to help overcome social anxiety
  • His start in martial arts as a kid
  • Trying "fake Jiu-Jitsu"
  • His story of how he survived getting shot in the face while in his car
  • How BJJ helped him survive
  • His lasting effects from the shooting
  • Why he changes he game to be a better instructor
  • The fight hub selling gear
  • The advantages to learning from a professionally made video
  • Training tips
  • Tips to making a game plan

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Quote of the week: Top 25 Funny and Ridiculous Quotes in Sports

Article of the week: All or nothing

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Epi 168 Keys To A Strong Kids Program With Korbett Miller
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Epi 168 Keys To A Strong Kids Program With Korbett Miller

This week we are proud to bring you Korbett Miller. Today you will learn a lot about developing the next generation of BJJ practitioners. Miller is a first degree BJJ black belt under Saulo and Xande RIbeiro. This episode is a must listen for anyone involved with teaching BJJ to adults or kids.

We talk about:

  • Overcoming difficulties as a kid with martial arts
  • The current coaching environment for kids programs
  • How to teach kids differently than adults
  • Teaching on command
  • Drills that are played as games
  • Getting deliberate practice
  • The "Dead Bug" drill to help learn the hip bump sweep
  • Character development for kids in BJJ over other martial arts
  • Fixed mindset vs growth mindset
  • Why you should avoid "Person Praise" to students
  • The importance of a great introductory lesson for kids
  • Some of the details of the introductory lesson
  • Why he does not give kids a belt without earning it first
  • The importance of focus and respect
  • Having kids be a first time listener and doing things the right way right away
  • Not just letting the new kids just blend in with the rest of the class
  • Why almost no one regrets long term martial arts training
  • Developing a talent hot bed in your school
  • Why he encourages kids to compete
  • What to say to a kid after a loss
  • Lessons learned while competing
  • How to let kids start rolling
  • How to teach kids submissions
  • How he has attracted 250 kids to his BJJ school
  • Developing a kids program
  • Marketing a kids martial arts program

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Quote of the week: "Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man." Benjamin Franklin

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Epi 167 Review of 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017
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Epi 167 Review of 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017

The last episode of 2016 for The BjjBrick Podcast. We take this time to reflect on the news and developments of the last year, and look forward to the next year. We recommend that you do the same.

We talk about:

  • Successful changes in our diets
  • Gary quitting drinking Mt. Dew
  • Playing a game that requires a heavy gripping
  • Leg locks and Heel hooks
  • Submission only tournaments and matches in 2016
  • Ryan Hall in the UFC
  • Mathematical breakdown of the matches at worlds in 2016
  • Highlighting chokes from the back, armbars, closed guard sweeps
  • Taking the back from passing the guard
  • Evaluations of our BJJ games over the year
  • Why Byron quit doing triangle chokes in February
  • Why Gary has backed off of his wrestling this year
  • Leg drags and leg locks
  • The future of The BjjBrick Podcast
  • Why Byron would want a BJJ match with Timothy Ferriss

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Quote of the week: "Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed." Cavett Robert

Article of the week: BJJ Grips: Reevaluating Your Goals

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Epi 166 Get Inspired by Glenn Jarrell
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Epi 166 Get Inspired by Glenn Jarrell

Glenn Jarrell and Byron Jabara

This week we have an interview with 58 year old brown belt and competitor Glenn Jarrell. We have been wanting to get Glenn on the podcast for quite sometime, you will soon find out why as Glenn shares some of his story.

We talk about:

  • Why he started BJJ at 47 year old
  • Using his high school wrestling to start BJJ
  • Training BJJ at 58 years old
  • Having a supportive family
  • Why he stuck with BJJ after trying many other exercises
  • Why he started competing
  • Competing against younger competitors
  • Competing at big tournaments
  • Winning purple belt Masters 6 at worlds
  • His training schedule
  • What he does differently to prepare for a tournament
  • Changes that he has made to his diet
  • Dealing with back pain
  • Working for the Kansas athletic commission at MMA events
  • Advice for someone starting BJJ in their late 40's

Links: Glenn trans at Fox Fitness in Wichita

Quote of the week: "A good hockey player plays here the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." Wayne Gretzky

Article of the week: 3 Fixes for sore fingers in bjj

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Epi 165 Precise Pressure Passing with Paul Schreiner
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Epi 165 Precise Pressure Passing with Paul Schreiner

This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Paul Schreiner. Paul is black belt under Claudio Franca, you will find him training at the Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York. Paul recently came out with a DVD called Precise Pressure Passing.

We talk about:

  • What got him started in BJJ
  • Overcoming injuries
  • Watching BJ Penn back in the day
  • Training with Marcelo Garcia
  • Being able to adapt parts of your game based on what you see in your opponent
  • Why it is important for you to have confidence in your technique
  • His goals with his new DVD
  • Precision, Pressure, and Antipation with passing the guard
  • Why it is important to be able to hold someone down for the BJJ person
  • Why he likes to force his opponent to half guard and then pass
  • Using half guard as an offensive tool
  • The importance of putting yourself around great people

Links:

Quote of the week: “When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ....” Henry Ford

Article of the week: Yes, You CAN Keep Training When You’re Injured… If You Do It Right

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Epi 164 A Study of 4 White Belt World Champions 2016
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Epi 164 A Study of 4 White Belt World Champions 2016

This week we interview four people who won IBJJF worlds as a white belt. This is a great way to find out how some people are finding competition success early on in their BJJ career.

Janine Mutton (20m 40s)- Middle From Action & Reaction Mixed Martial Arts Toronto. Janine started BJJ with no background in martial arts. She quickly found a passion for being on the mat and training hard.

Janine Mutton

Janine talks about:

  • Starting BJJ
  • Setting the goal of winning worlds
  • Competitions before the worlds
  • Making an eight week plan
  • Training 3 or 4 times a week to avoid over training
  • Positive self talk
  • Pressure passing with her body type
  • The take down game
  • Her favorite submissions
  • Her training schedule
  • Her background in body building and soccer
  • Doing squats and deadlifts
  • Advice for white belts

Maui Lacaze (39m 56s)- Light Feather From GF Team. You will find Maui training at Millenium. Maui was able to submit all his opponents at worlds.

Maui Lacaze

Maui talks about:

  • Winning every match at worlds by submission
  • What BJJ is like in French Polynesia
  • Starting BJJ with his cousin
  • His game plan
  • His training schedule
  • Surfing
  • His plans for competing in the future
  • Getting his blue belt

 

Gabriela Lembcke (45m 40s)- Rooster From Alliance. You can find Gaby training at Snow MMA. She credits some of her early success to wrestling and having a great BJJ team. You can watch a video of Gaby's match in the finals here.

Gabriela Lembcke
  • What got her started in BJJ
  • Training at Snow MMA with Samuel Snow
  • Having confidence in her BJJ
  • Her favorite submissions
  • Her off the mat training
  • Her diet and having a nutritionist
  • Her background in wrestling in highschool
  • Advice for white belts that want to compete

 

George Mandujano (57m 15s)- Ultra Heavy From Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu. George trains at Ralph's House Fight Gym

George Mandujano
  • What got him started in BJJ
  • Staying calm
  • Not working too hard for a submission
  • How he starts his matches
  • Playing a top game
  • His wrestling background
  • How playing football helped make him tough
  • His strategy while on the mat
  • His plans for the future
  • A recent match that resulted in a knee injury
  • His training schedule
  • Training with other gyms
  • Training with smaller teammates
  • Not being affraid to ask questions

 

Quote of the week: "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. This will teach you to keep your mouth shut." -Ernest Hemingway

Article of the week: Why Everyone Should Lift Heavy

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Epi 163 Get Better Faster With Two Moves From Each Position
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Epi 163 Get Better Faster With Two Moves From Each Position

We are excited to talk about this great training method for everyone from white belt to black. This can be a way to quickly help you develop and find the best techniques for your game.

W e talk about:

  • The advantages of working on two techniques at the same time for each position
  • The mount from top and bottom
  • Side control both top and bottom
  • A tip for escaping side control
  • Attacks and escapes from the back
  • Why rescricting your options can make you better
  • How long you should work on the same techniques
  • Developing your game over the long term
  • Tips on developing a guard
  • Tips on learning guard passes

Quote of the week: "No pain no gain" presented by Rodrigo Pinheiro

Article of the week: How to Train When You Have No Time

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Epi 162 Interview with Rodrigo Pinheiro
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Epi 162 Interview with Rodrigo Pinheiro

This week we have an interview with Rodrigo Pinheiro. Pinheiro is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu he has been training BJJ for 27 years and MMA for about 10 years. He is currently running martial arts school in San Antonio, Texas. 

We talk about:

  • His start with martial arts
  • Training with Pete Spratt
  • Adding striking to his training
  • Fighting in Bellator
  • Expanding his school
  • The importance of having respect in his school
  • The goals he has for his team
  • Some of the changes to BJJ over the years
  • The benefit of self confidence when someone competes in BJJ
  • Doing in house tournaments
  • Why many students quit BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: "There's two types of people in this world: Those who are humble and those who are about to be" presented by Alex Ecklin

Article of the week: Half guard history and it’s most used variations

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Epi 161 Alex Ecklin and the Unique Concept of Masterskya
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Epi 161 Alex Ecklin and the Unique Concept of Masterskya

We have an interesting interview this week with Alex Ecklin. Alex is a high level black competitive black belt and he has recently opened his own BJJ school with a unique concept.

We talk about:

  • Starting Jiu-Jitsu at 17 years old
  • Overcoming early obstacles in BJJ
  • Not using athleticism to do well in BJJ
  • The donation based payment system that Masterskya uses
  • Yoga to the people format
  • The advantages of having a donation based school
  • The rules he has for the school
  • How he came up with his low suggested donations
  • Some goals for his school
  • BJJ being a new martial art and having room to grow
  • How to calm your nerves when competing by preparing
  • How a tournament and the training process helps you grow
  • Mistakes made with injuries when he was younger
  • Training with a busy schedule
  • How to effectively use online resources

Links:

Quote of the week: "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals." Henry Ford

Article of the week:The Top 3 Reasons to Sign Your Kids Up for BJJ

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Epi 160 Advice and Lessons From Hope Uzcategui
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Epi 160 Advice and Lessons From Hope Uzcategui

We hare happy to bring you an interview this week with brown belt Hope Uzcategui. Hope is a two time IBJJF World Champion (2011 white belt, 2014 purple belt). She is also a manager and instructor at Alliance Fitness Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.

We talk about:

  • Winning IBJJF worlds as a white belt and purple belt
  • Her start in BJJ wanting to do MMA
  • Meal prepping for a healthy diet
  • The benefits of swimming for BJJ
  • Advice for goal setting
  • Her game plan for winning worlds as a white belt
  • How and why her game has changed over the years
  • How to find the best moves for you to work on
  • Her training schedule
  • Learning as an instructor
  • Obstacles for many women starting BJJ
  • Advice for cutting weight
  • She also shares some stories about cutting weight
  • Differences with teaching kids and adults

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Article of the week: Leverage

Quote of the week: Trying to model expert behavior without walking in the experts footsteps almost certainly guarantees a poor result" John Will

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Epi 159 Shades of Grey in BJJ
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Epi 159 Shades of Grey in BJJ

This week we are breaking down the topic of, when is something wrong to do? When is it okay? When is it in a grey area?

We talk about:

  • We break down the grey areas based on who you are and who you are training with
  • We set some Goals about safety, learning BJJ, and enjoyment
  • The rear naked tooth smash or cross face
  • Knee on belly
  • Twisting or grabbing fingers
  • Smashing someone with pressure
  • Cross face
  • Using your head to push on someone
  • Twisting someones head
  • Smothering someone with a hand over the mouth and nose, or other torso
  • Pulling on forehead or nose to get a choke from the back
  • Talking your way out of a submission
  • The too tired tap or quitting in a bad spot
  • The not clean grappler
  • Rolling with ringworm
  • Rolling with the flu
  • When to let go of the submission
  • Getting mad when you get tapped
  • Talking while rolling

Links

  • The Triple Lindy

Quote of the week: "To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe" Marilyn vos Savant

Article of the week: 9 Things I Learned in my First Year of Jiu Jitsu

Mat Tales 7 The Triple Lindy

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Epi 158 The Grappling Referee David Karchmer
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Epi 158 The Grappling Referee David Karchmer

This week we bring you an interview with BJJ black belt & referee David Karchmer. Over the last eight years David has officiated more than 3,000 gi and no-gi matches. It is great to share with you this conversation with such an experienced Referee.

We talk about:

  • What got him started as a referee in 2008
  • How some of the rules have changed over the years
  • Video instant replay in BJJ
  • Using digital score boards in BJJ
  • The idea of using a body cam on a referee
  • Evaluating footage from a spectator
  • Trends in BJJ techniques
  • Being a referee with different rules
  • Improving as a referee
  • Having unified rules for BJJ or submission wrestling
  • What referee is in charge of the match
  • Is competitive BJJ being true to the roots of the martial art
  • The idea of a hidden score card
  • What motivated him to become a referee
  • What happens when a referee raises the wrong hand
  • Deciding who wins a tied match
  • How the knowledge and experience of the referee can effect the match
  • How someone can learn to become a referee
  • Why the best referee teams work an hour then take an hour break
  • His thoughts on AJ Agazarm vs Vagner Rocha
  • Outlawing jumping closed guard
  • Keenan Cornelius vs Tarsis Humphreys

Links:

Quote of the week: "It annoys me when people who don't know what they're talking about boo the referee." Jonah Lomu

Article of the week: Stop Warming Up, Start Learning Up

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Epi 157 Jiu-Jitsu Medic Peter Daniel
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Epi 157 Jiu-Jitsu Medic Peter Daniel

This week we are joined by the Jiu-Jitsu Medic Peter Daniel. Peter is third year medical student at University of Singapore. When he is not studying for school he is a blue belt training at Impact MMA.

We talk about:

  • Causes of cauliflower ear
  • Going to the doctor for cauliflower ear
  • Signs of cauliflower ear
  • The treatment process for cauliflower ear
  • Who is likely to get cauliflower ear
  • Draining your ear at home
  • What happens to your brain when you are choked out
  • Cerebral Hypoxia
  • Getting dizzy during a choke
  • Skin infections
  • Identifying bacterial, fungal, and viral infections
  • Common infections in BJJ
  • Ring worm
  • Staph infections
  • A story about an knee injury
  • Training and having a busy schedule

Links:

Quote of the week: "I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you." Joyce Meyer

Article of the week: Journal Your Training and Journey

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Epi 156 BJJ in China with Andy Pi
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Epi 156 BJJ in China with Andy Pi

This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Andy Pi. Andy is a pioneer in bringing jiu-jitsu to China. He also won the first televised MMA fight in China. There is a lot of ground covered in this interview as we talk about jiu-jtisu in China.

We talk about:

  • His start in Jiu-Jitsu in 1994
  • His MMA that was the first fight on broadcast TV in China
  • Early Jiu-Jitsu in USA and China
  • Jiu-jitsu in Beijing
  • A critical look at Jiu-Jitsu in China
  • MMA compared to self-defense
  • ADCC in China
  • People doing Jiu-Jitsu for fun
  • Kids doing Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why instructors are a big factor in determining if students stick with grappling
  • New students avoiding injuries
  • The idea of "go hard or go home"
  • A lesson on checking your ego

Links:

Quote of the week: "Friendship.. is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." Muhammad Ali

Article of the week: On the Meaning of a Belt

Gary tells us about his book he is working on called "The Jiu-Jitsu Guide to Halloween"

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Epi 155 Matt Thornton & Self-defense
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Epi 155 Matt Thornton & Self-defense

This week we bring you a special interview with one of our most popular past guests Matt Thornton. This interview has a central focus on self-defense and real world violence. Not only is Matt a BJJ black belt and a world class coach, he also has extensive knowledge about what BJJ can do for you in a life and death struggle.

We talk about:

  • A brief bio of Matt Thornton
  • The goals of his book that he is working on
  • Why violence is natural
  • Why it is so important to have resisting opponents
  • Law enforcement and self-defense training
  • What all SBG coaches have in common (a search for the truth)
  • Statistics on violence
  • Why some young men are attracted to violence
  • Bullying in school
  • Teach kids how to talk to strangers and how to be assertive
  • Things criminals look for in a victim
  • Keeping self-defense a topic in training BJJ
  • Police doing BJJ
  • Adding a striking martial art (without getting damage to your brain)
  • His thoughts on Krav Maga
  • MMA and self-defense
  • Dealing with multiple attackers

Links:

Quote of the week: "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn for a wise answer." Bruce lee

Article of the week: How I progressed at BJJ going to class 6 or 7 times a month

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Epi 154 Scrambling
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Epi 154 Scrambling

This week we are talking about scrambling. We want to give some tips and help bring order to this potentially chaotic situation.

We talk about:

  • Defining a scramble
  • Finding order in a scramble
  • Who benefits in a scramble
  • Common positions to create a scramble
  • Ways to end the scramble
  • Tips to win a scramble

Links:

Quote of the week: "Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos." Stephen Soundheim

Article of the week: Something You Need to Know About the BJJ Gauntlet

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Epi 153 Could Nicky Ryan Be The Future Of Submission Grappling?
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Epi 153 Could Nicky Ryan Be The Future Of Submission Grappling?

This week we bring you an interview with rising no-gi star Nicky Ryan. You will find 15 year old Ryan training with John Danaher, Eddie Cummings, Garry Tonon, and his brother Gordon Ryan.

We talk about:

  • What got him started
  • Home schooling this year 
  • Having John Danaher as a home school teacher
  • The home school laws for New Jersey
  • His daily routine
  • The game he plays the most and how it is changing
  • Working on his top game
  • Competing with adults 
  • Quickly developing skill
  • Training leg locks safely
  • Passing the guard and attacking the legs
  • Training wrestling for take downs
  • Losing weight
  • The benefits of submission grappling for kids
  • Having a complete game
  • Competing for money

Links:

Quote of the week: "Fall down 7 times get up 8" Japanese Proverb Presented by Dainis Nguyen

Article of the week: The Ultimate Micro Game

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Epi 152 Double Black Belt Dainis Nguyen
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Epi 152 Double Black Belt Dainis Nguyen

This week we bring you an interview with double Black Belt Dainis Nguyen. Dainis started judo as a kid and eventually moved to BJJ. He is an active competitor in BJJ both gi and no-gi, with many exciting matches under his belt.

Photo by Afrobraz

We talk about:

  • Starting martial arts with judo
  • Blending judo and BJJ
  • His new gym Team DNA BJJ
  • The social atmosphere in his gym
  • The process of opening a BJJ gym
  • His competition goals
  • Nutrition advice
  • Developing healthy eating habits
  • Why it is important to be persistent in BJJ
  • The 3 different type of training partners you need (+=-)
  • First tournament advice

Links:

Quote of the week: "There is little success where there is little laughter" Andrew Carnegie

Article of the week: 10 Ways to Improve Your BJJ While Off the Mats

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Epi 151 Steven Patterson is Coaching, Competing, and Running a School
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Epi 151 Steven Patterson is Coaching, Competing, and Running a School

This week we bring you an interview with BJJ Black Belt Steven Patterson. Steven is training under Comprido, and he is a 14X Chicago Open Champion and he took 2nd at no-gi Worlds. We have a great conversation about training, competing, and teaching.

We talk about:

  • What got him started in BJJ
  • His first tournament
  • His odd experience training BJJ with his first instructor
  • Being asked to try Ayahuasca
  • Evaluating an opponents stance
  • What to do if you have a tournament you are not happy with
  • His match in fight to win on Sept 24 vs Chris Hartwig
  • His experience as being a IBJJF referee
  • University of Ground Fighting
  • Starting his gym as a brown belt
  • His gym in New Lenox, Illinois
  • Developing a kids program
  • How teaching kids changed the way he teaches adults
  • Why people start BJJ
  • How BJJ is like skateboarding

Links:

Quote of the week: "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." Lao Tzu

Article of the week: Sharpening the Ax

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Epi 150 We Share Tips For Bringing A Friend To Class
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Epi 150 We Share Tips For Bringing A Friend To Class

This week we have a important topic about bringing a friend to BJJ class. When you bring a friend you want them to have a good exposure to the martial art. This episode we have lots of tips about bringing a friend to their first BJJ class.

We talk about:

  • The benefits of bringing your friend to class
  • The goal of safety and fun for your friend
  • Taking away the initial stress of going to their first class
  • Why you should be at the class for their first day
  • Tricks for remembering names
  • How to get them to have fun on the mat
  • Telling them about the format of the class
  • What to do after the class is over
  • Why people may want to try a class
  • The follow up phone call the next day

Quote of the week: "Death is certain life is not" presented by Brent Lillard

Article of the week: How Do You Measure Progress?

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Epi 149 Employees & BJJ with CEO Brown Belt Brent Lillard
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Epi 149 Employees & BJJ with CEO Brown Belt Brent Lillard

Brent Lillard is a brown belt that confounded a business called Govsmart in 2010, selling IT products to the government. Govsmart is a 69 million dollar business and was listed as number 20 on the Forbes list of America's Most Promising Companies. Brent credits much of culture of his business and the team to the fact that many of them train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Brent Lillard (photo by Alex Brown)

We talk about:

  • How Govsmart was started
  • Some of his perfected methods and techniques of taring
  • Keeping it playful vs keeping it real
  • Why the basic techniques are so important
  • How BJJ became a part of Govsmart culture
  • The incentive program for employees to do BJJ
  • How he brings a new employee to try the mats
  • A comparison between the culture of BJJ and the corporate world
  • The story of an employee that lost 160lbs
  • Other team building activities for work
  • Dealing with an employee with a bad attitude
  • How BJJ has effected turnover of employees
  • Selling the idea of doing BJJ to employees
  • Training with a busy work schedule
  • Training safely
  • Personality traits that do well in BJJ

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Quote of the week: "Correction does much, but encouragement does more." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Article of the week: 5 lessons to learn as a white belt that will be worth for your entire Jiu-Jitsu journey

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Epi 148 Jonathan "The Scorpion" Uzcategui
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Epi 148 Jonathan "The Scorpion" Uzcategui

This week we bring you an interview with Jonathan Uzcategui. Jonathan is a great coach and competitor. We are excited to bring you an interview with him covering a wide range of topics.

We talk about:

  • His personal history in BJJ
  • Training with Rubens "Charles" Cobrinha as his first instructor
  • His wife Hope Uzcategui 2X IBJJF world champion
  • His style of training
  • Why he likes to partner up training partners for the best training
  • Training new students
  • Organizing a weekly schedule
  • Using video to evaluate his students and give them advice
  • Working escapes when you are tired
  • Treating visitors correctly
  • Crawl, walk, run

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Quote of the week: "Trust in god" and believe in your self, have faith in your self, and work really really hard" Tom Deblass

Article of the week: Five things every new/visiting student should receive on their first visit to your gym

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Gary's book this week is called "Foot in Mouth, the Unknown Move Called the Dentist"

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Epi 147 Hard Charging Nice Guy Tom DeBlass
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Epi 147 Hard Charging Nice Guy Tom DeBlass

This week we bring you an interview with coach and competitor Tom DeBlass. Tom has been a black belt for 9 years, and competed of many stages. In fifteen years of competition he has given up less than 12 points, and he has never had his guard passed to side control. Tom is not just know for his competitive background and personality, he is also know for being a world class coach.

We talk about:

  • His thoughts on training with a Gi
  • Why people train Jiu-Jitsu
  • The changes in the BJJ culture over time
  • Advice for someone that had a hard training day
  • Why most people quit BJJ
  • Why it is important to keep grappling fun
  • Teaching leg locks to white belts
  • Advice for people who can only train once a week
  • Competing with perfect jiu-jitsu
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Taking supplements

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Quote of the week: "Sometimes life's going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith." Steve Jobs

Article of the week: Baby, Don’t Hurt Me by Marshal Carper

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Epi 146 Synergy Movement Therapy With Shawn Kitzman
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Epi 146 Synergy Movement Therapy With Shawn Kitzman

This week we talk to Shawn Kitzman. Shawn will help to keep you on the mat longer and moving better. He works with a large variety of athletes and he enjoys traning BJJ. We are happy to have him share some of his knowledge and help everyone deal with the problems that our bodies can give us.

We talk about:

  • The healing arts and martial arts
  • His start with BJJ
  • The importance of being physically active
  • Ken Blackburn
  • Motor control or muscle memory
  • Common jiu-jitsu injuries
  • Dealing with lower back pain
  • What pain is telling you
  • How past injuries can effect you now
  • How to tell if you are just sore or actually injured
  • Keeping a pain journal
  • Using a foam roller
  • DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
  • How to find a good PT in your area
  • Changes to make when you compete

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Quote of the week: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison

Article of the week: 5 MISTAKES YOU ARE DOING IN TRAINING

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Epi 145 Daniel Strauss The Raspberry Ape
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Epi 145 Daniel Strauss The Raspberry Ape

This week we bring you an exciting interview with Daniel Strauss also know as "The Raspberry Ape". Daniel is one of the top European grapplers, focusing mostly on no-gi. Daniel is a black belt training under Roger Gracie and Nick Brooks.

We talk about:

  • What got him started in Jiu-Jitsu
  • What he does off the mat to get stronger
  • Bending horse shoes
  • Developing grip strength
  • Why he likes the butterfly guard for no-gi
  • The culture of BJJ and strong man
  • The Raspberry Ape Podcast
  • His views on getting a new belt in BJJ
  • How he gets mentally focused to compete
  • Advice for doing a tournament for the first time
  • Dealing with nerves and pressure
  • Dealing with bad days
  • Why being a blue belt is fun
  • Showing vs teaching a technique
  • Training with your mind off of the mat

Links:

Quote of the week: "Small changes can make a big difference"

Article of the week: Samurai Business Man Destroys Competition By Training Employees In BJJ

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Epi 144 Shannon Kitchen Shares His Amazing Story
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Epi 144 Shannon Kitchen Shares His Amazing Story

This week we bring you an amazing story from Shannon Kitchen. Shannon is a blue belt training in Kentucky under Relson Gracie. Shannon has a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the bellybutton down, and he is legally blind. This interview will leave you motivated to keep training and enjoying the process. 

We talk about:

  • How he injured his spinal cord
  • Doing self defense from a wheelchair
  • Starting BJJ
  • His favorite techniques
  • How BJJ has helped his balance
  • What it was like to get his blue belt
  • Rolling for the first time
  • Grapplers heart
  • Rolling with glass still in his face under his skin

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Quote of the week:  "A lot of my intensity in wrestling was due to my mental preparation before the matches. I got myself into a different world." Dan Gable

Article of the week: Roll Longer As A BJJ White Belt With These Simple Tips

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Epi 143 3rd Degree Black Belt Alan Shebaro
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Epi 143 3rd Degree Black Belt Alan Shebaro

This week we bring you an interview with Alan Shebaro. Alan is a 3rd degree Black Belt under Carlos Machado. Not only does he have a Black Belt in BJJ he also has a long list of experience in the military.

Alan Shebaro second from the left.

We talk about:

  • What BJJ was like when he first started
  • Transitioning from a guard player to a top player
  • A few of the operations he was involved in over seas
  • The importance of teaching the "why" behind techniques
  • The idea of not being able to train outside your school
  • Why most people have a hard time coaching him
  • The status of BJJ in Dallas
  • We Defy Foundation
  • Mission 22
  • Working with Joey Bozik
  • The importance of working take downs
  • His views on guard pulling
  • Chris Haueter
  • Brian Marvin
  • How to be a certified We Defy Foundation affiliate

Links:

Quote of the week: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Marianne Williamson Shared by Kristina Barlaan

Article of the week: Confessions of a hobbyist black belt

Gary and Byron also talk about putting a blue stripe on your BJJ belt as a sign to support law enforcement.

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Epi 142 Black Belt Kristina Barlaan Part 2
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Epi 142 Black Belt Kristina Barlaan Part 2

This week we bring part 2 of our interview with BJJ black belt Kristina Barlaan. Kristina is a top level black belt competitor under Caio Terra. She recently took silver at worlds her first year in the black belt division.

We talk about:

  • Her competition history at worlds
  • Competing in the adult division vs the masters division
  • Getting sliver her first time in the black belt division
  • The mental side of competing against people you have watched for years
  • Her strategy for doing the open weight division as a light feather weight
  • Her plans for the rest of 2016
  • Advice for people doing their first tournament
  • Accepting being nervous
  • Dealing with the difficult things that come with tough training

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Quote of the week: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin

Article of the week: "How to train and adult at the same time"

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Epi 141 Black Belt Kristina Barlaan Part 1
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Epi 141 Black Belt Kristina Barlaan Part 1

This week we bring you an interview from BJJ black belt Kristina Barlaan. Kristina is a top level black belt competitor under Caio Terra. She recently took silver at worlds her first year in the black belt division.

We talk about:

  • Her first experience doing BJJ
  • How BJJ effected her personal life
  • Her first impressions of Caio Terra
  • Starting BJJ at 21 years old
  • Why the gi made it easier for her to learn
  • The mental side of competing as a blue belt
  • Putting expectations on herself

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Quote of the week: "Jiu-Jitsu is easy, it is the people that make it hard" presented by Ricardo Tubbs

Article of the week: Park and Roll

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Epi 140 Ricardo Tubbs DFKC
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Epi 140 Ricardo Tubbs DFKC

The week we bring you an interview with BJJ black belt Ricardo Tubbs. Ricardo is a black belt under Master Ricardo Cavalcanti, he is also the owner of Da Firma Kimono Company.

We talk about:

  • What makes Da Firma Kimono Company different
  • Why they have 49 different sizes of kimonos
  • Some challenges with starting a gi company
  • Tips for caring for your gi
  • Keeping the color in your gi
  • BJJ and the navy
  • BJJ in schools
  • Advice for a student doing a first tournament
  • The importance of basics
  • Advice for doing no-gi from a mostly bjj background

Links:

Quote of the week: "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life" Muhammad Ali

Article of the week: Purple Belt a.k.a. "The Rolling Belt" 

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Epi 139 Jimmy Fortunato and The Good Fight
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Epi 139 Jimmy Fortunato and The Good Fight

This week we bring you an interview with Jimmy Fortunato. Jimmy started a tournament company called "The Good Fight" in 2008. Jimmy started training jiu-jitsu in 1997, and his experiences competing ultimately lead him to make some improvements to BJJ tournaments. A couple of years ago The Good Fight switched from a point based tournament to a submission only tournament.

We talk about:

  • Why he started The Good Fight
  • A little bit of history behind The Good Fight
  • Making the change to sub only
  • The basic rules
  • The goals of the tournament
  • Jiu-Jitsu Theatre
  • Advice for kids doing a tournament
  • Advice for parents
  • Some of the most popular submission in competition

Links:

Quote of the week: This quote was presented by Ken Blackburn "Don't pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one." Bruce Lee

Article of the week: 5 Reasons You Should Say “Hello” to the New Student in Your BJJ Class From Jerry Tsui 

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Gary shares the concept of his audio book "5 Min Into My Cardo- My First Roll"

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Epi 138 BJJ & Kettlebells With Ken Blackburn
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Epi 138 BJJ & Kettlebells With Ken Blackburn

This week we bring you an interview with Ken Blackburn. Ken is a coach and athlete. Ken is a life long martial artist and he holds an american Kettlebell record in the Chair Press. Ken has been doing BJJ for about 17 years, and he is happy to help introduce the BJJ community to the benefits of Kettlebell and other training methods. In 2008 Ken along with his partner Steve Cotter founded the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF).

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ and Kettlebells
  • Kettlebell sport
  • Some benefits that Kettlebells bring to BJJ
  • Work capacity
  • Developing mental toughness
  • Grip endurance and strength
  • The Bulgarian Bag
  • Mace and clubs
  • Animal movements
  • Why you should warm-up and cool down
  • How to do a proper warm-up and cool down
  • How to keep motivated
  • Training movements vs training muscles
  • Mapping out your goals
  • The culture of the Kettlebell community
  • Common mistakes with strength and conditioning
  • A schedule for doing strength and conditioning

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Quote of the week: Our quote this week is the Oath of Kings and Champions by Travis Stevens. It will motivate you.

Article of the week: 10 Habits of Successful BJJ Competitors

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Byron is working on a new audio book about kennel cough and BJJ

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Epi 137 USA Judo Olympian Travis Stevens Part 2
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Epi 137 USA Judo Olympian Travis Stevens Part 2

This week we bring you part 2 of our interview with Travis Stevens. Travis competed on the USA Olympic Judo team in 2008 and 2012. Travis also has a black belt in BJJ.

We talk about:

  • The lack of money in USA Judo
  • What it will take to grow Judo in the United States
  • The possibility of BJJ being in the Olympics
  • Matches ending in a gentleman's agreement
  • Going from white belt to purple belt and skipping blue belt
  • How he learned techniques as a white belt
  • Why he recommends that new students do not watch YouTube

Links:

Quote of the week: "Even though you're growing up, you should never stop having fun." Nina Dobrev

Article of the week: "Tap or Nap! BJJ Chokes From a Doctor's Perspective" Doctor Warren Wang

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Epi 136 USA Judo Olympian Travis Stevens Part 1
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Epi 136 USA Judo Olympian Travis Stevens Part 1

This week we bring you an interview with Travis Stevens. Travis competed on the USA Olympic Judo team in 2008 and 2012. Travis also has a black belt in BJJ. Travis shares some of his story and gives advice during this interview.

We talk about:

  • Doing sports as a kid
  • Getting a serious injury as a kid
  • What got him into BJJ
  • Drilling for Judo
  • Some reasons why BJJ and Judo do not mix well
  • We look at the rules of BJJ and no-gi
  • Grip fighting in BJJ and Judo
  • What it is like being an Olympic athlete
  • The Judo culture vs the BJJ culture

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Quote of the week: "Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." Dennis P. Kimbro

Article of the week: "Your Promoiton Is Not Your Report Card" from Show The Art

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Epi 134 Australian Star Grappler Jess Fraser
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Epi 134 Australian Star Grappler Jess Fraser

This week we bring an interview with brown belt Jess Fraser. Jess is the founder behind Australian Girls in Gi (AGIG), AGIG is over 1,000 members strong. Jess is also an active competitor meddling twice at ADCC and bringing home a silver from Worlds. Check out this link for a more detailed bio of Jess.

We talk about:

  • The start of Australian Girls in Gi
  • The goals of AGIG
  • A summary of her competition history
  • The different focus points for competing and running an organization
  • Advice to new grapplers
  • Some of the key benefits of BJJ
  • How to beat someone that is better than you
  • Goals as a brown belt
  • Common questions that most people ask her

Links:

Quote of the week: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

Article of the week: "Principle: ‘Forcing’ Positions aka Directing"

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Epi 133 Multi Black Belt Tim Cartmell
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Epi 133 Multi Black Belt Tim Cartmell

This week we bring you an interview with life long martial artist and BJJ black belt Tim Cartmell. Along with his BJJ black belt Tim is an eighth degree black belt in Kung-Fu San Soo.

We talk about:

  • Started studding Chinese martial arts in 1972
  • Moving to China in the 70's
  • What it was like doing martial arts in China
  • What martial arts are like in China now
  • Working as a stunt man in movies
  • How to gain sensitivity to BJJ
  • Tips for people starting BJJ
  • His goals as an instructor
  • how he likes to run a class
  • Adding self defense to your BJJ
  • Learning some striking
  • The idea of being able to access your jiu-jitsu
  • Recommendations for learning striking
  • Tips for someone doing their first tournament
  • Having a limited schedule and still getting good at BJJ

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Quote of the week: “…look he carry all of my weight. That’s another theory of jiu-jitsu. When I rest I should put him to work so I don’t get tired and he get tired. He spend energy.” Demian Maia

Article of the week: The dangers of “I’ll Do Jiu Jitsu When…”

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This week Claudio teaches us how to say "do you speek english?" in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Gary's audio book this week is called "The Spam Sweep"

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Epi 132 The Man Behind The Popular Choke Joe D'arce
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Epi 132 The Man Behind The Popular Choke Joe D'arce

This week we bring you an interview with Joe D'arce. Joe shares his name with the famous BJJ and MMA choke the "Darce Choke". This interview covers a wide range of topics including how the choke got it's name, and advice for newer grapplers.

We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts
  • How the Darce choke got it's name
  • Tips on how to teach the Darce choke
  • Tips on finishing the Darce choke
  • The history of the Darce choke
  • Running his school
  • First tournament advice
  • How to deal with frustrations on the mat
  • How important it is to have a good mindset

Links:

Quote of the week: "I get up before the sun comes up and get shit done" Adam Wheeler

Article of the week: "Foot Beats Face: Mat Awareness and Safety in BJJ" Valerie Worthington on Breakingmuscle.com

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Epi 131 Olympic Medalists and BJJ Black Belt Adam Wheeler
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Epi 131 Olympic Medalists and BJJ Black Belt Adam Wheeler

Adam Wheeler is a BJJ black belt that also has a bronze medal from wrestling in the 2008 Olympics. We are thrilled to cover a huge range of topics with such a motivating person.

Adam Wheeler being awarded the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics

We talk about:

  • Wrestling as a kid
  • Having the lable of a chubby kid
  • Wrestling both Greco-Roman and Freestyle
  • How important his wrestling coach was to him as a kid
  • Transitioning from wrestling to BJJ
  • Winning gold in no-gi black belt open division masters 1 in 2014
  • Learning from competing
  • Competing as an underdog
  • Getting coaching advice from Rulon Gardner
  • He shares some stories from the Olympics
  • What he does off of the mat
  • What he wants his kids to get out of sports
  • What he tells his kids after a competition
  • Getting his black belt quickly
  • Adamwheelerfitness.com

Links:

Quote of the week: "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." Confusiuos

Article of the week:  50 Killer Tips For BJJ White Belts

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Gary's audio book this week is called "The Tortoise and the Hare the Untold BJJ story"

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Epi 130 Marshal Carper From Artechoke Media
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Epi 130 Marshal Carper From Artechoke Media

This week we have an interview with Marshal Carper. Marshal is a busy guy writing the books "The Cauliflower Chronicles", "Marcelo Garcia Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques", and the game "Dojo Storm".  These things are just a short sample of the work that he has done and will continue to do.

We talk about:

  • Training with injuries
  • His books
  • The app Dojo Storm
  • Preventing injuries
  • Training with BJ Penn
  • Training with big name people in BJJ
  • Making adjustments to your game
  • Dealing with fake black belts
  • 3D Jiu-Jitsu
  • Teaching classes
  • Getting tapped by lower belts
  • The 10,000 hour rule
  • Advice for new students that want to compete

Links:

Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out.

Quote of the week: Presented by Dan Covel "Success isn't owned it's leased. And rent is due every day." J.J. Watt

Article of the week: berwickleader.com.au Medals piling up for US bound 'Killer B' Cuskelly.

This week Claudio teaches us how to say "Please" and "Thank You" in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Epi 129 Black Belt Dan Covel Gives Us Great Advice
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Epi 129 Black Belt Dan Covel Gives Us Great Advice

This week we bring you an interview with Dan Covel. Dan is a BJJ black belt training under Marcelo Garcia. He also teaches at Marcelo Garcia Academy and in Hoboken New Jersey.

We talk about:

  • Starting martial arts with Judo
  • Doing MMA at age 17
  • Using the closed guard
  • What makes the closed guard such a strong position
  • How to pass the closed guard
  • Getting the most out of kids BJJ
  • Why he stores his tournament medals in a drawer
  • The benefits of competing
  • The use of BJJ in a street fight
  • What he does to get ready to compete
  • Good goals for new students

Links:

Quote of the week: "Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details." Heraclitus

Article of the week: Character building from Goulburn Martial Arts Academy Helping kids deal with bullies.

This week we learn how to say "good bye" in Portuguese with part two of our language learning segment.

Gary's future book is called "defensive driving, offensive driving, and driving over the neighbor's fensive"

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Epi 128 Innovative Teaching With Bruce Hoyer
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Epi 128 Innovative Teaching With Bruce Hoyer

Bruce Hoyer has a unique way of running a BJJ class using Evernote.  He shares his innovative method and much more during this interview. Bruce is a black belt under Rodrigo Comprido Medeiros.

We talk about:

  • The benefits of coaching
  • Some of his competition history
  • Individualized lesson plans
  • What he does when a guest comes in to train
  • Advantages to the student and teacher with this class format
  • He gives an example of the first few classes
  • How he does belt test and stripes
  • How he has made changes to this program
  • Getting people to show up for their first day of BJJ
  • Why he does not coach during rolling
  • Being a self reliant learner

Links:

Quote of the week:"Today is tomorrow's yesterday so make it count" Presented by  Shawn Williams

Article of the week: “We Don’t Have Time For Jiu Jitsu” Big Jiu-Jitsu

We start a new segment this week Learning Basic Portuguese with Claudio Pt 1. We learn a couple of simple greetings. Here is a link for find the 9 parts on youtube.

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Epi 127 Listener Favorite John Will Returns For Interview #2
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Epi 127 Listener Favorite John Will Returns For Interview #2

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John Will is a listener favorite, and we are thrilled to have him back on the show. John is one of the famous “Dirty Dozen” meaning that he is one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to reach the rank of black belt in BJJ. John was at the an early adopter to BJJ and he brought it home to Australia.

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Promoting around 90 black belts
  • What he looks for in a black belt
  • What it takes to be a good coach
  • Using imagery while teaching
  • Modeling after world champions
  • Writing on his blog
  • How positions and techniques change over time
  • Providing students what they want vs. what they need
  • Comparing BJJ to a tree
  • Developing a culture of helping everyone on the mat
  • A game called sharks and tuna that his kids play
  • Other games that are played in the kids class
  • Off the mat goals he has for his students
  • John's thoughts on setting and reaching goals
  • Escaping side control ideas
  • How learning escapes can build confidence
  • Different types of drilling
  • He explains the Red Cat Head logo
  • Being open to reinventing who you are
  • Stories from his backpacking adventures
  • Being dehydrated while backpacking

Links:

Quote of the week: "When you lose, say little. When you win, say less." Matt Hughes

Article of the week:Jimmy Starts Jiu-Jitsu, A Before And After Story

Gary is working on his BJJ pop up book called "Go Gary Go, See Gary Roll, See Gary Tap"

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Epi 126 Black Belt Shawn Williams Interview
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Epi 126 Black Belt Shawn Williams Interview

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Shawn Willimas is the 5th American to reach the rank of black belt in BJJ. He has been training jiu-jitsu for 20 years. We cover a huge range of interesting topics in this episode.

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Being a commentator for live BJJ events
  • The importance of enjoying BJJ
  • Wrestling in BJJ
  • Tips for learning wrestling
  • Why some high level competitors do not tap
  • Rousimar Palhares injuring people
  • His thoughts of Garry Tonon (a friend of Shawn's) vs Rousimar Palhares
  • Injuries that he has experienced
  • How to coach a match, and why to give technical instruction
  • Coaching during Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm fight
  • Staying consistent with your BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington

Article of the week: What Motivates Me For 6am BJJ Class by Erik Beyer

Gary also talks about the book he is working on called "Cafeteria Food Fights- Picking The Right Kind of Fruit For The Fruit Salad" If you don't know who Gallagher is you are missing out my friend, check him in action here.

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Epi 125 Becoming The Black Belt: Roy Dean
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Epi 125 Becoming The Black Belt: Roy Dean

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This week we bring you Roy Dean. Roy is a great example of a martial artist he is a 3rd degree black belt in BJJ, and he also has several other black belts. Roy has recently completed his book Becoming the Black Belt: One Man's Path in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

We talk about:

  • His start in BJJ
  • First experiences with no-gi
  • How he has used his skills in audio and video to promote BJJ
  • He shares the story of getting his blue belt that is in his book
  • Why he did not use stripes at his school other than white belt
  • How he developed a smooth style of BJJ
  • How the training environment has changed in BJJ
  • Learning BJJ online vs on the mat
  • His travel plans and becoming a student again
  • Advice for running a school
  • First tournament advice
  • The good and bad of competing
  • Advice for the new black belt
  • More info about his book Becoming The Black Belt

Links:

Quote of the week: "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

Article of the week: "Getting Stuck In The Middle With BJJ"

Gary's book he is working on "Email Scams and Slams, how to do a digital armbar"

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Epi 124 Black Belt Jen Hall Interview
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Epi 124 Black Belt Jen Hall Interview

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Jen and Ryan Hall

This week we have an interview with Jen Hall. Jen is a BJJ black belt under her husband Ryan Hall.  She also teaches and runs the school 50/50 BJJ.  Jen has competed a lot and also done a lot of coaching.  We are thrilled to have her share her knowledge with us.

We talk about:

  • What got her started in BJJ
  • Running the 50/50 school
  • The good and bad of running a gym
  • Different teaching styles
  • Teaching ideas she got from being a swim coach
  • Not hitting a plateau
  • The differences between their fundamentals 1 and fundamentals 2 classes
  • Why she likes to have a class for beginners
  • The current point system in BJJ
  • Reaping the knee
  • The differences between a teacher and a coach
  • How she gets ready for a competition
  • Dealing with her 8 surgeries
  • The paper "Read this today win tomorrow"
  • Women's classes
  • What is up with Ryan Hall since the UFC
  • They have one person come in to their gym because of TUF

Links:

Quote of the week: "If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril." Sun Tzu

Article of the week: Am I Doing Enough? justagirlbjj.com

 

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Gary is working on his audio book called "I am so confused, I guess I will go choke somebody"

Epi 123 BJJ Black Belt Valerie Worthington
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Epi 123 BJJ Black Belt Valerie Worthington

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Valerie Worthington is a BJJ black belt and writer for Breaking Muscle, and we are excited to share what Valerie has to say in this interview.

We talk about:

  • Her start in BJJ
  • The book she is working on
  • Traveling vs staying home
  • What to expect when you start BJJ
  • What to expect when you compete for the first time
  • Her first experiences competing
  • Training advice for competition
  • Her style of BJJ
  • Making changes to your game
  • Dealing with frustrations on the mat
  • How she trains with people that she does not know
  • Her process for writing an article
  • Advice for instructors

Links:

Quote of the week: "Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan." John F. Kennedy

Article of the week: Don’t Build Your BJJ Game on White Belt- grapplearts.com

We also give an award for review of the year for 2015, and Gary talks about his future audio book called "Double Monkey Punch- Fighting Twins"

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Epi 122 BJJ and MMA with Rolles Gracie
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Epi 122 BJJ and MMA with Rolles Gracie

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This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Rolles Gracie. Rolles has competed in all the major grappling events and he has fought in the UFC. Rolles has a win over Bob Sapp.

We talk about:

  • His mma fight with Bob Sapp
  • His off the mat hobbies (snowboarding and sky diving)
  • He trains at Renzo's
  • Doing Jiu-Jitsu as a kid
  • Developing a style
  • How learning BJJ is like going in a circle
  • Doing self defense and jiu-jitsu
  • Some of the changes in jiu-jitsu over the years
  • Moving from Brazil to New York
  • Advice for a competition
  • Dealing with injuries
  • How people with busy schedules can still get better at BJJ
  • Why you should spend at least an hour a day doing something you enjoy

Links:

Quote of the week: "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." --Albert Einstein

Article of the week: Tattoos and BJJ- How long before I can roll from Attacktheback.com

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Epi 121 The Combat Codes
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Epi 121 The Combat Codes

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This week we bring you an interview with BJJ brown belt Alexander Darwin, author of the Sci-Fi novel The Combat Codes.

We talk about:

  • Alexander's BJJ history
  • Some of his favorite BJJ techniques
  • The world that The Combat Codes takes place
  • Comparing the school of combat to Ender's Game and Harry Potter
  • The old school vs new school theme in the book
  • Why it is important to schedule your training
  • How BJJ has helped him as a writer

Links:

Quote of the week: This weeks quote was presented by Justin Rader "You told me never to change sword hands. Yes. When you know how to use it, you won't be taking my orders." The Movie Troy

Article of the week: Ask DeBlass: The Ten Lessons for Academy Owners and Students

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Epi 120 American No-Gi Legend Justin Rader
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Epi 120 American No-Gi Legend Justin Rader

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This week we bring you one of the top no-gi grapplers in the world. Justin Rader is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rafael Lovato Jr.  You can find Justin training and coaching at Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Here is a more detailed profile on Justin.

Justin Rader

We talk about:

  • His competition style
  • What he did as a child and how that has effected him today
  • The calf slicer
  • His role as a coach
  • The current set of rules in Jiu-Jitsu and how he would change it
  • What would happen if you got a -1 for pulling guard
  • Why he dislikes advantages
  • How a change of rules would change the art
  • His ideas of what submissions should be illegal
  • His history of not tapping to submissions
  • Wrestling as a kid
  • Some differences in training BJJ and wrestling
  • The benefits of doing a competition
  • How he runs the kids class
  • The lack of take downs in adult BJJ
  • The importance of a good stance
  • Why you need good endurance to have an effective stance
  • Advice for people who can only train 1 or 2 times a week
  • His take on the new star wars movie :)

Links:

Quote of the week: “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost, 1963

Article of the week: 7 powerful ways to fail better

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Epi 119 BJJ Taboo Topics With Tim Sledd Part 2
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Epi 119 BJJ Taboo Topics With Tim Sledd Part 2

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Tim Sledd

Here we go again my friends! Part two with Tim Sledd about the taboo topics of BJJ. I can't think of anyone else that I would like to hear from about these controversial topics than Tim. Tim spent countless hours as a hard work successful lawyer, he left this career path to pursue BJJ. Tim's opinions of these taboo topics are well thought out and he defends them well.

We talk about

  • Parents and kids
  • Parents helping coach the kids during class
  • Dealing with kids that act up in class
  • Kids doing MMA
  • What a kid should do if they want to do MMA
  • Parents that want to push their kids into MMA
  • Fake BJJ black belts
  • Red flags of a fake black belt
  • How to deal with a fake black belt
  • When to start doing leg locks
  • Heelhooks for gi and no-gi
  • A break down for the different types of leg locks
  • Dealing with mat bullies
  • Asking someone to leave your BJJ school
  • Why he communicates with kids teachers at school
  • People who commit crimes against society
  • Drugs and BJJ
  • Foul language on the mat

Links:

Quote of the week: "You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of." Jim Rohn

Article of the week: More People Die From The Spoon Than The Knife

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Epi 118 BJJ Taboo Topics With Tim Sledd Part 1
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Epi 118 BJJ Taboo Topics With Tim Sledd Part 1

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Tim Sledd

Here we go my friends! An episode with Tim Sledd about the taboo topics of BJJ. I can't think of anyone else that I would like to hear from about these controversial topics than Tim. Tim spent countless hours as a hard working successful lawyer, he left this career path to pursue BJJ. Tim's opinions of these taboo topics are well thought out and he defends them well.

We talk about:

  • Washing your belt
  • The history of belts in martial arts
  • How dirty your belt might be
  • Belt whipping and gauntlets
  • Hazing students and the law
  • Throwing students for a belt promotion
  • How to avoid hazing
  • What is a creonte
  • Why you might leave your BJJ school
  • Cross training with different schools
  • Signing a contract to train BJJ
  • Dating within the gym
  • Using the phrase "go to war" for BJJ or MMA

Links:

Quote of the week: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" Mahatma Gandhi

Article of the week: Stop Doing Drills; Start Using Challenges Daniel Coyle

 

Catch us next week for part 2!

Epi 117 Guybson Sa And Focusing On The Basics
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Epi 117 Guybson Sa And Focusing On The Basics

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Guybson Sa

This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Guybson Sa. Guybson has recently tapped out Jeff Monson and Hector Lombard both with a RNC. He is a competitor in both MMA and BJJ, while running his school in Columbia, South Carolina. Guybson focuses his game on the basics, and has had great success.

We talk about:

  • His MMA carrear
  • Focusing on the basics
  • His outlook for 2016
  • Kids doing BJJ
  • Off the mat training
  • Training with teammates that are not as skilled
  • What he does 10 min before a match
  • Advice for white belts and blue belts

Links:

Quote of the week: "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop" Confucius

Article of the week: How to Stay Consistent in Your Jiu Jitsu Journey BjjBrick.com

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Epi 116 Fighting For A Dream With Abraham Marte
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Epi 116 Fighting For A Dream With Abraham Marte

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This week we bring you a interview with Abraham Marte. Abraham is a black belt in the ultra heavyweight division from the Dominican Republic that has managed to medal at worlds at every belt level.  He is now on a mission to help the kids in his community and become the best in the world.

Abraham Marte (picture from Preston Smith)

We talk about:

  • His competition history
  • Competing only a few times a year
  • His strength training
  • Training with smaller and less skilled partners
  • Changing your environment to make your training better
  • BJJ4Change
  • Fighting for a Dream
  • Helping kids with BJJ
  • How BJJ has changed over the years
  • Jiu-Jitsu tour

Links:

Quote of the week: "There is a difference between a fighter and a martial artist. A fighter is training for a purpose: He has a fight. I'm a martial artist. I don't train for a fight. I train for myself. I'm training all the time. My goal is perfection. But I will never reach perfection." Georges St-Pierre

Article of the week: Tips for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Beginners from Startjiujitsu.com

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Epi 115 Chris Martin and BJJ 4 Change
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Epi 115 Chris Martin and BJJ 4 Change

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Chris Martin

Chris Martin is one of the founding members of BJJ4CHANGE. Chris has a long history of doing martial arts and a big passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This episode we will talk about BJJ 4 Change, an organization that is dictated to helping kids through BJJ.

We talk about:

  • What got Chris started in martial arts
  • Why he has such a passion for BJJ
  • Making a BJJ documentary
  • How doing BJJ can help kids on and off the mat
  • The goals of BJJ 4 Change
  • How the plan for BJJ 4 Change has adapted and grown
  • BJJ effecting social changes
  • The lifestyles of the kids that need some help
  • How Jiu-Jitsu helps with confidence
  • Where the money goes when you attend a camp
  • Some of the many benefits of BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." John Quincy Adams

Article of the week: "What I Wish You Knew Before You Started Teaching: A Student’s View"

Catch us next week my friends for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast!

Epi 114 Go Up Stream And Roll With Seph Smith
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Epi 114 Go Up Stream And Roll With Seph Smith

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We are excited to bring you Seph Smith this week on The BjjBrick Podcast.  Seph is the first person to be promoted to Black Belt under Ryan Hall.  Seph recently opened his own BJJ school called Up Stream BJJ.

We talk about:

  • Opening his own school
  • The type of game he plays
  • Why some people have a negative view of leg locks
  • Why leg locks can have a negative effect of some students progression
  • When students should start to do leg locks
  • Training safely
  • Some difficulties with opening his gym
  • Ryan Hall in the UFC
  • The attitude it takes to get good at BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: "A wrestling match in just the laws of physics"  Neil deGrasse Tyson

Article of the week: 12 life lessons kids learn fast in Jiu-Jitsu

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Epi 113 Travleing With Scott Boehler
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Epi 113 Travleing With Scott Boehler

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Scott Boehler of BJJ Rally

This week we bring you Scott Boehler. Scott is a brown belt from Montana.  He has been traveling the United States and Canada in his van training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

We talk about:

  • His goals with traveling
  • How he decided to leave Montana to train
  • Politics between schools in the same city
  • How to approach a gym you don't know
  • Paying mat fees
  • Living out of a van
  • Where to park a van over night and not get into trouble
  • What it takes for your gym to be welcoming
  • Teaching vs doing martial arts
  • Learning from coaches and athletes
  • A list of places that he have visited

Links:

Quote of the week: “The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand. Presented by Roli Delgado

Article of the week: Train in the Gi to improve your No Gi

Just Another Lion to Kill Rashguard

Your first year of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu audio book

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Epi 112 Roll Out Jiu-Jitsu With Mark Fisher
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Epi 112 Roll Out Jiu-Jitsu With Mark Fisher

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Mark Fisher is a brown belt training at SGBi in Portland Oregon. He is one of the people that is running a Facebook page called Roll Out Jiu-Jitsu. Roll Out Jiu-Jjitsu is a online support group to help grapples that identify with LGBTQI.

Roll Out Jiu-Jitsu

We talk about:

  • The facebook page RollOut
  • The interview with Kurt Osiander from episode 108
  • Trainnig BJJ and not being out
  • How to find the correct BJJ gym for you
  • Mark's first day of BJJ
  • How to make you gym more friendly to the LGBTQI community
  • The type of game that Mark plays
  • Why he will try to not over use his flexibility
  • Tips for new competitors
  • The start of a BJJ match compared to the start of a chess match
  • Developing a game plan
  • Why you might want to shrink your game
  • Training on a limited schedule

Links:

Other SBGi coaches that have been on The BjjBrick Podcast!

Quote of the week: "Set a goal so big that you can't achieve it until you grow into the person who can."

Article of the week: Fools Gold

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Epi 111 Interview with 4th Degree Black Belt Michel Pereira
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Epi 111 Interview with 4th Degree Black Belt Michel Pereira

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This week we bring you an interview with Michel Porfirio Pereira (Buiu). Michel is a 4th Degree Black Belt in BJJ training and teaching in Miami.  In this interview Michel shares his story and offers advice to help you along with your BJJ journey.  Check out Michel's profile here.

We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts
  • How he got his nick name Buiu
  • Why he has a playful style
  • Taking an opponents balance
  • Gi and no-gi training
  • The history of no-gi
  • Learning BJJ on youtube
  • Why it is important to explain techniques and not just show techniques
  • Training with your weak side
  • Doing his first tournament
  • Doing in house tournaments
  • Dealing with people who are negative about BJJ
  • The Ghost Squad logo
  • How Michel met Andre Monteiro

Links:

Article of the week: "Where On This Chart Do You Spend Most Of Your Sparring Time?"

Quote of the week:  "A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." Wayne Gretzky

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Epi 110 Interview With Rising Star Sarah Black
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Epi 110 Interview With Rising Star Sarah Black

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This week we are excited to bring you BJJ black belt Sarah Black.  Sarah received her black belt from Gustavo Dantas in July of 2015, and she is already making a name for herself in both the adult and masters divisions competing in gi and no-gi.

We talk about:

  • Her start with Judo
  • Training both BJJ and Judo
  • Her work schedule
  • Working full time and training full time
  • Transitioning from high level Judo to doing BJJ
  • Competing in the absolute divisions
  • Dealing with injuries
  • The BJJ Mental Coach
  • Getting students to preform well
  • Having a women's classes
  • Training schedules
  • Tips for women finding a BJJ gym
  • Tips for men when rolling with a woman
  • How they run kids classes

Links:

Quote of the week: "There are two things in life of which we have complete control... effort and attitude." Chuck Wilson

Article of the week: "I Almost Quit Jiu Jitsu"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 109 Learn From World Champion Emily Kwok
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Epi 109 Learn From World Champion Emily Kwok

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This week we bring you an interview with world champion Emily Kwok.  Emily was happy to share with you some of her knowledge from her many years and experiences doing BJJ.

We talk about:

  • Her start in BJJ
  • BJJ in Canada
  • Doing local tournaments when she started
  • Competition differences for women
  • Her favorite types of training partners when she was new
  • Advice for students that want to compete
  • Equal pay for women in BJJ
  • How money effects BJJ tournaments
  • Her training schedule
  • Starting a family and doing BJJ
  • Kids in BJJ
  • Groundswellgrappling.com
  • Leadership of women in Jiu-Jitsu

Links:

Quote of the week: "Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect"

Article of the week: "Noticing our Improvements" by John Will

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

 

Epi 108 Interview With Kurt Osiander
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Epi 108 Interview With Kurt Osiander

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This week we bring you an interview with Kurt Osiander.  Kurt is a BJJ black belt under Ralph Gracie.  This episode contains explicit language and some controversy, we did interview Kurt Osiander after all.

We talk about:

  • The start of "Kurt Osiander's The Move of the Week"
  • Etiquette and respect in his gym
  • His Yelp reviews
  • His don't ask don't tell policy
  • Homosexuals at his gym
  • Why he does not like classes for beginners
  • BJJ is not for everyone
  • His work with Mission 22
  • What got him started with BJJ
  • His students doing wrestling in school
  • His MMA career
  • The KO Finisher tournament
  • Open mat at his school
  • Learning new moves
  • Learning online and still needing a coach
  • Giving someone a blue belt
  • Advice for a student doing a first tournament
  • Training and hanging out with Anthony Bourdain

Links:

Quote of the week: Presented by last weeks interview John Will "Never interrupt you enemy when he is making a mistake" Napoleon Bonaparte 

Article of the week: "All roads lead to Rome .... a BJJ concept." By John Will

After the interview Byron and Gary have a conversation about gay people training BJJ. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 107 John Will - The Coaches' Coach
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Epi 107 John Will - The Coaches' Coach

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This week it is our honor to bring you John Will. John is one of the famous "Dirty Dozen" meaning that he is one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to reach the rank of black belt in BJJ. John was at the an early adopter to BJJ and he brought it home to Australia. This is a great interview for students and coaches to learn from.

We talk about:

  • His start in the Martial Arts
  • His first experiences doing Jiu-Jitsu in 1986
  • The first time he met Rigan Machado
  • Teaching at different skill levels
  • Teaching with a language barrier
  • His ongoing learning process
  • BJJ in Australia
  • He has created over 100 Black Belts
  • BJJ before the internet
  • How tournaments change Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why he likes "fuzzy goals"
  • How he does 100 seminars per year
  • Backpacking in Australia
  • The goal of teaching a seminar
  • The importance of having structure for teaching
  • The partnership between the student and teacher
  • His passion for being a good student
  • Tips for bring a good student
  • The goal of doing your first tournament
  • Doing BJJ as a older student

Links:

Quote of the week: Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get" WP Kinsella

Article of the week: "10 Types of People Who Quit BJJ"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 106 BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas Part 2
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Epi 106 BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas Part 2

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This is part 2 of our interview with BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas.

We talk about:

  • His mindset during a match
  • Breaking BJJ down into mini battles
  • Controlling your development in BJJ
  • How BJJ is doing in Sweden
  • The development of BJJ in Europe
  • His experiences during travels
  • Doing gymnastics for strength training

Links:

Quote of the week: “Talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.” Brett Favre

Article of the week: "10 Ways to Inject Positivity Into Your BJJ Community

Epi 105 BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas Pt 1
01:20:15
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Epi 105 BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas Pt 1

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This week we bring Jonathan Thomas back to the show.  He has some training tips and advice that could change the way you train.

We talk about:

  • Why he is traveling
  • What got him interested in strength and conditioning
  • Baseline aerobic conditioning
  • Your max heart rate ( 220- your age)
  • Playing guard vs playing a passing game
  • Developing a complete game

Links:

Quote of the week: “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” Neil Gaiman

Article of the week: "8 Steps to Finding the Perfect BJJ Gi"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 104 Interview With Black Belt Alison Tremblay
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Epi 104 Interview With Black Belt Alison Tremblay

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Alison is a black belt competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  This year she came in second at Black Belt IBJJF Worlds, and competed in ADCC in Brazil. She is from Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada.

We talk about:

  • Training with her family
  • Our interview with her brother Michael Tremblay
  • The diversity of Alpha Mixed Martial Arts
  • Her full time job (it is not BJJ)
  • Going to school
  • What type of game she likes to play
  • Advice on getting the most out of rolling
  • Her experience at ADCC
  • Training for both Gi and No-gi
  • What she does to get mentally for the competition
  • Teaching the kids classes
  • Why BJJ is good for kids
  • What she was like as a blue belt
  • What she learned playing hockey that helped her in BJJ
  • Dealing with losses

Links:

Quote of the week: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." William James

Article of the week: The Unsung Jiu Jiteiro

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 103 Mission 22 and BJJ With Chris Papandria
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Epi 103 Mission 22 and BJJ With Chris Papandria

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Mission 22 is a organization that raises awareness for Veteran suicide. It is a sad fact that 22 veterans take their lives due to PTSD every day.  Chris Papandria joins us this week to talk about Mission 22 and BJJ.

We talk about:

  • What got Chris started in BJJ
  • How Mission 22 was named
  • BJJ seminars that benefit Mission 22
  • How you can help your teammates that have PTSD
  • The importance of a team
  • The mental escape that BJJ provides
  • Having a gym that is supportive to Veterans
  • Supporting Mission 22
Chris Papandria in the middle

Links:

Quote of the week: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill

Article of the week: "Having A Good Drill Partner Is Crucial" jiujitsutimes.com

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 102 Multi Black Belt Lee Mein
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Epi 102 Multi Black Belt Lee Mein

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Lee Mein is from Lethbridge, Alberta Ca. He teaches Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing to kids and adults.  He has a black belt in American Kenpo Karate, a black belt in Bas Rutten's MMA system, and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roy Harris.

We talk about:

  • His background in martial arts
  • His MMA promotion Rumble in the Cage
  • The importance of confidence for law enforcement
  • Dealing with bullies
  • Training as you get older
  • Why he enjoys competing
  • His son Jordan Mein that is fighting in the UFC
  • What they teach in the kids class
  • Keeping training fun
  • Conditioning
  • Doing BJJ and MMA
  • Hockey
  • How he warms up his body before competing
  • The mental aspect of fighting and training
  • Training on a limited schedule and setting goals

Links:

Quote of the week: 1) "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is." 2) “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” Yogi Berra

Article of the week: The Four "D's" of Success, My Experience At Polaris 2 By  The Bjj Mental Coach

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 101 Interview with Chris Haueter
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Epi 101 Interview with Chris Haueter

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This week we bring you an interview with one of the Dirty Dozen of BJJ Chris Haueter.  This a fun interview that covers a large range of topics, but mostly Jiu-Jitsu.

We talk about:

  • What got him involved in martial arts so early
  • Early BJJ in the United States
  • His first thoughts of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Learning moves on Youtube
  • MMA fans
  • Trying to see things from a different perspective
  • Being a "coach" vs a "master"
  • Getting a good balance with your training
  • Kids BJJ and Kids MMA
  • Violence in MMA
  • First tournament advice
  • Training on a tight schedule
  • His art work

Links: Email chaueter1041@mac.com instagram Chrishaueterart

Quote of the week: My mind's never gone very far away from what I wanted to accomplish. Dan Gable

Article of the week: The Biggest Delusion in BJJ by John Connors

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 100 How Has BJJ Benefited You?
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Epi 100 How Has BJJ Benefited You?

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We wanted to make episode 100 of The BjjBrick Podcast a special episode that included both listeners and past guests.  This episode is full of people sharing the ways that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has benefited their lives. You will hear stories about weight loss, friendships, healthy lifestyles, drug addiction, stress relief, confidence,intellectual stimulation, and more.

The goals we had in mind with this episode.

  • If you are already training, you keep training for the long run. Hopefully you can relate to some of the off the mat benefits that BJJ is giving you and stay motivated.
  • If you do not train BJJ we want you to recognize some of the many benefits of doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  After recognizing these benefits you do what is often one of the hardest things in BJJ, you start BJJ.

Budo Jake (7min)- Our interview with Jake is here.  Keep up with Jake on Facebook.

Stephen Whittier (13min)- Our interview with Stephen is here. Grapplers over 40 should check Stephen's website.

Mike Bowser (17min)- Shares his story of incredible life saving weight loss.  You can find Mike training at Pacific Top Team of Corona.

Brian Marvin (21min)- Our interview with Brian is here. Train with Brian in Sugar Land, Tx.

Roli Delgado (22min)- Our interview with Roli is here. Train with Roli in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Blake (27min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

PJ Waicus (28min)- Our interview with PJ is here. Train with PJ at South Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.

Samir Chantre (33min)- Our interview with Samir is here. Learn more about Samir on his website.

Mike (39min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Matt Thornton (41min)- Our interview with Matt is here. Train with Matt at SBG.

Dewaine (43 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He trains at Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy San Francisco.

Andrew Nerlich (51 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He trains at Langes MMA in Sydney, Australia.

Jim (56 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Tim Sledd (58 min)- Our interview with Tim is here. Train with Tim at Small Ax BJJ.

Jason Goldstein (1h 6min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He is from Charleston South Carolina.

Brian Freeman (1h 11min)- Our interview with Brian is here.  Connect with Brian on his Facebook page.

John Connors (1h 13min)- Our interview with John is here. Connect with John on his Facebook page.

Nick Albin (1h 17min)- Our interview with Nick is here.Train with Nick at Derby City MMA.

Eli (1h 22min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Byron Jabara (1h 24min)- Your friend from The BjjBrick Podcast.

Gary Hull (1h 28min)- Your friend from The BjjBrick Podcast.

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 99 Interview with Alexander Trans
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Epi 99 Interview with Alexander Trans

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This week we have an interview with BJJ black belt Alexander Trans. Alexander is on the top of the competition scene.  He has been recently sidelined by a knee injury while competing at the worlds. Check out Alexanders Bio here.

We talk about:

  • Teaching BJJ in the public schools of Abu Dhabi
  • Teaching regular classes in Abu Dhabi
  • His upcoming knee surgery
  • His plans on moving to Brazil
  • How he injured his knee during Worlds
  • His focus while he is training
  • Why he gets so many leg locks
  • What he eats before a tournament
  • Advice for dealing with nerves and adrenaline
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Advice for new students
  • Watching competition videos

Links:

Quote of the week: "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent." Calvin Coolidge

Article of the week: "How to get the most out of a BJJ class"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 98 Roy Harris A Man of Many Skills
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Epi 98 Roy Harris A Man of Many Skills

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This week we are excited to bring you Roy Harris, he is one of the first non Brazilian Black Belts (Dirty Dozen).  Roy shares many of his countless stories and great advice about BJJ.

BJJ black belt Roy Harris (left) use a Roof Block in Kali

We talk about:

  • The early days of training BJJ in the United States
  • Developing skills outside of class with a partner
  • What you should be doing for the first 2 or 3 years of training
  • His first BJJ Brick was a footlock
  • Why some leglocks can be more dangerous
  • The 4 mindsets he teaches to students that are over 40
  • How to train safely
  • How to evaluate your progress
  • Differences between gi and no gi
  • How to train if you can only train twice a week

Links:

Quote of the week: "I always got nervous the nights we played in the World Series. First pitch, I was nervous. Then after that, forget it; I'd start playing." Yogi Berra

Article of the week: "BJJ Biomechanics – Rib Injuries"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 97 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 2
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Epi 97 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 2

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This week we have part 2 of Sam Spiegelman answering your questions about strength and conditioning. Sam is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mark Vives, he trains at New Breed Training Center.  He has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle.  Sam is also available for online consultations.

Sam answers these questions:

  • What supplements do you recommend?
  • How do you deal with cramps during training?
  • What should I ear before a competition?
  • How do I improve my flexibility?
  • What are your thought on training multiple times per day?
  • What muscle groups are used more for offence or defense?
  • If someone can roll only twice a week what off the mat training should they do?
  • Does the training mask work?
  • What tips do you have for recovery after training?
  • What apps for your phone do you recommend using for conditioning training?

Links:

Quote of the week: "Drillers make killers" presented by Gary Hull

Article of the week: "What Happened When My Son Got Beat by a Girl"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 96 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 1
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Epi 96 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 1

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Sam Spiegelman

This week Sam Spiegelman answers your questions about strength and conditioning. Sam is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mark Vives, he trains at New Breed Training Center.  He has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle.  Sam is also available for online consultations.

Sam answers these questions:

  • How often should you train when you are new to BJJ?
  • What level of Jiu-Jitsu class is best to start with?
  • Should I do extra cardio to get in shape for BJJ?
  • What are the benefits of joint mobility?
  • What is a quick and healthy breakfast?
  • When cutting weight is it necessary to run?
  • Do you need to compete in BJJ to get better?
  • How many times per week should I strength train?
  • What should your exceptions be if you are just starting a strength program?
  • What is the best strength and condition program for BJJ?

Links:

Quote of the week: "Frustration is a useless emotion" Amanda Lowen

Article of the week: "What Sharpens Iron?" sandhillsbjj

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 95 David Meyer is Kicking Butt and Saving Animals
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Epi 95 David Meyer is Kicking Butt and Saving Animals

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This week we have a Pioneer of American BJJ practitioners David Meyer. David started Jiu-Jitsu is 1991 and was one of the first americans to reach the rank of black belt.

We talk about:

  • His early experiences with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Competing at some of the first BJJ competitions in the united states
  • Being an athlete and a vegan
  • Kicking ass and saving animals
  • Getting more out of each class
  • Doing BJJ home work
  • Doing a tabata workout
  • How to push yourself when you are tired
  • BJJ for MMA
  • Early MMA
  • Performing better at competitions
  • Developing new techniques
  • Being a good training partner
  • The importance of a game plan
  • Training with Eddie Bravo
  • Adopting a pet

Links:

Quote of the week: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle, Presented by Ryan Hall

Article of the week: "4 Ways Submission Grapplers Can Apply Wrestling Concepts to Their Practice"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 94 Discover How Important Your Team Is With Stephan Kesting
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Epi 94 Discover How Important Your Team Is With Stephan Kesting

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This week on the podcast we have an interview with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Stephan Kesting.  Stephan has written some of the best articles about BJJ.  He is very well know for teaching BJJ on his websites Grapplearts.comBeginningBJJ.com and his newsletter.

We talk about:

  • His start with Martial Arts
  • Doing BJJ before it was popular
  • Content vs context when learning BJJ online
  • Taking responsibility for your own training
  • Your training environment
  • The overall role of a BJJ coach
  • Learning from lower belts
  • The firefighting and BJJ
  • BJJ and self defense
  • Advice for people who can only train 2 or 3 times per week
  • The ideas for a BJJ roadmap

Links:

Quote of the week: "never give up, and believe in yourself" Franjinha

Article of the week: 5 Difficult Concepts For BJJ Beginners To Graspcheck out the authors site here

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

This is the best video I could find for Hammer Pants. Mc. Hammer make an appearance at 3 min.

Epi 93 Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller
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Epi 93 Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller

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This week we have an interview with one of the top BJJ coaches Ricardo Miller.  Ricardo is also known as Franjinha.  You can find a full bio on Franjinha here.  Check out his school Paragon website here.

We talk about:

  • A brief history of Franjinha
  • His coaching style
  • His 32 Black belts under him
  • Jeff Glover and Bill "The Grill" Cooper
  • How BJJ is always changing
  • He has 10,000 people that have came to his gym, and out of that he has made 32 Black belts that is one person per every 312
  • His goal of when he has a new student
  • Helping his students
  • What Paragon means
  • The small percent of people that actually compete
  • Advice for the first time competitor
  • Advice for the person who can only train once a week
  • Comparing BJJ to a puzzle

Links:

Quote of the week: "respect all, fear none" Danny Alvarez

Article of the week: "Does Technique Really Conquer All? 3 BJJ Masters Give their Opinion" BJJEE.com

 

Epi 92 Interview With Danny Alvarez Part 2
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Epi 92 Interview With Danny Alvarez Part 2

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Danny Alvarez is a 2nd Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. Danny is affiliate under 4th degree Black Belt Bruno Bastos. Check out his full bio and huge competition history here.

We talk about:

  • Dealing with a loss
  • Coaching kids
  • Why it is important to set a schedule to train
  • The growth of BJJ
  • Training only once a week
  • Note taking
  • Balancing your personal life and BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: "If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.” Theodore Roosevelt

Article of the week: "5 Tips To Take Your BJJ Sparring To The Next Level"

 

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 91 Interview with Danny Alvarez Part 1
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Epi 91 Interview with Danny Alvarez Part 1

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Danny Alvarez is a 2nd Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. Danny is affiliate under 4th degree Black Belt Bruno Bastos. Check out his full bio and huge competition history here.

Danny Alvarez

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Leaving a good full time job to teach BJJ
  • Balancing work and family
  • His aggressive style of BJJ
  • Doing BJJ as a family
  • Overcoming travel difficulties
  • Cutting weight as you travel
  • How to use internet to help your training
  • The importance of doing private lessons
  • Avoiding frustration when learning a new technique
  • Advice for doing your first tournament

Links:

Quote of the week: "Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you will be among the stars" Bernardo Faria. This is a must listen to quote! it starts at 2min 30sec.

Article of the week: Rickson Gracie “Should Put More Value On Learning Than On Competing With Your Training Partner

The video Gary was talking about "Kid Destroys Bully With Punch And Double Leg"

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Epi 90 Atos Black Belt Tim Sledd Part 2
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Epi 90 Atos Black Belt Tim Sledd Part 2

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This week we have part 2 of our interview with Tim Sledd. Tim is a 1st degree black belt under  Andre Galvao. Tim not only runs his own gym Small Axe BJJ, he is also the Director of affiliates for Atos. Tim shares lots of information about what is going on behind the scenes at Atos.

If you missed part 1 of this interview check it out first here!

Tim Sledd

In part 2 of this interview we talk about:

  • What Atos does differently than other BJJ teams
  • Systems building with your techniques
  • Drilling, and how to drill properly
  • Specific sparing and how it is used
  • Speed drills, flow drills, and fine motor skills drills
  • The culture of Atos
  • The culture of Small Axe BJJ
  • Left brain right brain confusion
  • Advice for a student doing a first tournament
  • How to start off a match strong
  • The Leg Drag

Links:

Quote of the week: ”Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler” Albert Einstein- Presented by Matt Thorton

Article of the week: "BJJ Promotions, and Lack Thereof" By: White Belt Survival Strategy

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 89 Atos Black Belt Tim Sledd Part 1
01:10:52
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Epi 89 Atos Black Belt Tim Sledd Part 1

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This week we have an interview with Tim Sledd. Tim is a 1st degree black belt under  Andre Galvao. Tim not only runs his own gym Small Axe BJJ, he is also the Director of affiliates for Atos. Tim shares lots of information about what is going on behind the scenes at Atos.

Tim Sledd

In part 1 of this interview we talk about:

  • His training history
  • Washing your belt and what your belt should mean to you
  • Who helps you get better at BJJ (not just coaches and teammates)
  • Leaving his job as a prosecutor to do BJJ full time
  • Real world lessons matching up with things learned on the mat
  • The name of his gym Small Axe BJJ
  • The idea of a chain saw vs an axe
  • Check out the Bob Marley Small Axe video
  • His thoughts about the berimbolo
  • Building systems in BJJ
  • How purple belts begin to speak the BJJ language
  • Comparisons of BJJ to learning a new language
  • Organizing your jiu-jitsu

Links:

Quote of the week: "The most important thing you can do to get better at jiu-jitsu, is jiu-jitsu" Presented by Eduardo Telles

Article of the week: "Focus on the Fundamentals: No Shame in Your Game" by A skirt on the Mat

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

"Small Axe" Bob Marley

Why boasteth thyselfOh, evil menPlaying smartAnd not being clever?I said, you're working iniquityTo achieve vanity (if a-so a-so)But the goodness of Jah, JahI-dureth for-I-ver

So if you are the big treeWe are the small axeReady to cut you down (well sharp)To cut you down

These are the wordsOf my master, keep on tellin' meNo weak heartShall prosperAnd whosoever diggeth a pitShall fall in it, fall in itAnd whosoever diggeth a pitShall fall in it (... fall in it)

If you are the big tree, let me tell you thatWe are the small axe, sharp and readyReady to cut you down (well sharp)To cut you down(To cut you down)(To cut you down)

These are the wordsOf my master, tellin' me thatNo weak heartShall prosperAnd whosoever diggeth a pitShall fall in it, uh, bury in itAnd whosoever diggeth a pitShall bury in it, uh (... bury in it)

If you are the big, big treeWe are the small axeReady to cut you down (well sharp)To cut you downIf you are the big, big tree, let me tell you thatWe are the small axeReady to cut you down (well sharp)To cut you downSharpened

Epi 88 Eduardo Telles is full of surprises
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Epi 88 Eduardo Telles is full of surprises

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This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Eduardo Telles.  Eduardo is well know for his creativity on the mat, he is always trying to surprise his opponents. Check out more of Eduardo's Bio here.

In the interview with Eduardo Telles we talk about:

  • Training in both Sao Paulo and Rio
  • Starting BJJ at 17 years old
  • How having fun was so important to getting good at BJJ
  • The use of the turtle guard
  • The benefits of using the turtle guard
  • Common mistakes when using the turtle guard
  • How he attacks someone that is using the turtle guard
  • His ideas about how points can distract opponents and lead to more submissions
  • The idea of giving points for side control
  • Advice for a first time student competing
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Some of his most favorite matches.
  • Watch his match with Felipe Pena
  • His online training academy

Links:

Quote of the week: "The goal of Jiu-Jitsu is not to be undefeated but no to lose" Presented by Brian Freeman

Article of the week: When rolling with a visitor be aware of these rules of etiquette

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 87 Brian Freeman, He is No Ordinary Blue Belt
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Epi 87 Brian Freeman, He is No Ordinary Blue Belt

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Brian Freeman is back on the BjjBrick Podcast! His last appearance was episode 16. Brian is a disabled vet with a T4 spinal cord injury with Brown-Sequard syndrome. He is from Rockingham, North Carolina. Brian is now a blue belt under Renzo Gracie.

Brian Freeman and Xande Ribeiro at IBJJF PAN 2015

We talk about:

  • What caused his injury
  • Getting started in BJJ
  • Doing some techniques in his chair, and training to not get separated from his chair in a self defense situation
  • What it is like to be part of a BJJ team
  • Competing with able bodied competition
  • His game and strategies that he uses
  • Why some techniques are difficult for him to defend, and how he deals with them
  • His experience at IBJJF Pan 2015
  • How everyone adapts Jiu-Jitsu to their bodies
  • How he moves around differently off the mat because of Jiu-Jitsu
  • His story of getting his blue belt
  • Competing two weeks after getting his blue belt
  • His goals when he competes
  • Competing in the expert division
  • His plans of teaching motivational and educational seminars
Brian Freeman getting his blue belt from Renzo Gracie

Links:

Quote of the week: "You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room" Dr. Seuss

Article of the week: "Injury Prevention in BJJ: Put the Odds in Your Favor"

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 86 Submission Series Pro- The Takeover
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Epi 86 Submission Series Pro- The Takeover

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Submission Series Promotions is the biggest submission only host in Canada.Their second event "The Takeover" takes place Saturday, June 20 in Halifax Ns.  In this episode we bring you interviews with two of the athletes that are competing in this event.

Jason Gagnon- Jason is a brown belt under Cobrinha.  You can find Jason training at Genesis Martial Arts in Abbotsford, BC. He will be competing against Hood Rich of Zuma MMA.  Jason's Facebook page.

Josh Wincey- Josh is a black belt under Kevin Taylor.  Josh trains at Titans MMA.  His is competing against Andris Brunovskis on The Takeover card.  Josh's Facebook page.

Quote of the week: Presented by James Puopolo "True strength is not always shown through v