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

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.Dan Covel BJJ black belt

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

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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.

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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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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.sarah black bjj

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 divisionsSarah Black bjj belt
  • 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"

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Lee Mein BJJLee 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

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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

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Episode 100We 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.

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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
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"

First year of BJJ

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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

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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"

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Stephan Kesting bjjThis 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

First year of BJJ

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

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Franjinha bjjThis 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

First year of BJJ

 

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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 interview

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"

First year of BJJ

 

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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
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

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Quote of the week: "Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you will be among the stars" Bernardo FariaThis 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"

First year of BJJ

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