Mon, 26 May 2014
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:
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
Article of the week- "5 Things to Focus on When Teaching BJJ to Children" from blog.gameness.com
Direct download: Epi_32_Interview_with_Alliance_black_belt_Jonathan_Macarrao_Thomas.mp3
Category:bjj -- posted at: 1:41pm CDT
Mon, 19 May 2014
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:
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
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Mon, 12 May 2014
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:
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.
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Article of the week: “Losing is Good for You” NYTimes.com
Direct download: Epi_30_Ryan_Hall_Interview_BJJ_MMA_and_Self-defense.mp3
Category:bjj -- posted at: 10:00am CDT
Mon, 5 May 2014
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:
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
Article of the week- “3 Simple Things Great Teachers do” TheTalentCode.com by Daniel Coyle
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