Mon, 29 December 2014
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.
Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast
Mon, 22 December 2014
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:
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
Thanks for listening, we will catch you next week!
Mon, 15 December 2014
Mon, 8 December 2014
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:
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"
This episode also has the first of our series of "The Most Interesting Grappler"
Mon, 1 December 2014
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:
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
Mon, 24 November 2014
We talk about:
*note Amanda Loewen was recently married and her new name is Amanda Diggins
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.
Mon, 17 November 2014
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:
Keep up with Comprido
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
Mon, 10 November 2014
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.
We talk about:
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
Mon, 3 November 2014
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:
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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
Mon, 27 October 2014
We talk about:
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Keep up with Budo Jake:
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?