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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
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

First year of BJJ

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"Small Axe" Bob Marley

Why boasteth thyself
Oh, evil men
Playing smart
And not being clever?
I said, you're working iniquity
To achieve vanity (if a-so a-so)
But the goodness of Jah, Jah
I-dureth for-I-ver

So if you are the big tree
We are the small axe
Ready to cut you down (well sharp)
To cut you down

These are the words
Of my master, keep on tellin' me
No weak heart
Shall prosper
And whosoever diggeth a pit
Shall fall in it, fall in it
And whosoever diggeth a pit
Shall fall in it (... fall in it)

If you are the big tree, let me tell you that
We are the small axe, sharp and ready
Ready to cut you down (well sharp)
To cut you down(To cut you down)(To cut you down)

These are the words
Of my master, tellin' me that
No weak heart
Shall prosper
And whosoever diggeth a pit
Shall fall in it, uh, bury in it
And whosoever diggeth a pit
Shall bury in it, uh (... bury in it)

If you are the big, big tree
We are the small axe
Ready to cut you down (well sharp)
To cut you down
If you are the big, big tree, let me tell you that
We are the small axe
Ready to cut you down (well sharp)
To cut you down
Sharpened

Direct download: Epi208920Tim20Sledd20part201.mp3
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Eduardo Telles

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

First year of BJJ

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Direct download: Epi208820Eduardo20Telles.mp3
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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
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
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"

First year of BJJ

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Direct download: Epi208720Brian20Freeman.mp3
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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.TakeOver bjj

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"

First year of BJJ

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Direct download: Epi208620Submission20Series20Pro.mp3
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James PuopoloThis 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

First year of BJJ

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Direct download: Epi208520James20Puopolo.mp3
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