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

This week we have an interview with BJJ Black Belt Kristina Barlaan. Kristina is a black belt under Caio Terra. This interview covers a wide range of topics from her first tournament to off the mat challenges.

We talk about:

  • Competing as a white belt
  • How she turned BJJ from a hobby to a job
  • How she uses BJJ to help people
  • Dealing with a long drive to train
  • Dealing with anxiety and depression
  • Advice for people dealing with anxiety or suicidal thoughts
  • Why it is important to reach out for help
  • How BJJ can help with depression

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Quote of the week: "Everybody has at least a few areas in their thinking and some attitudes that need to change. If you want to improve your life, you need to go after those areas." John Maxwell

Article of the week: Back to the Basics

We also end a prank on Gary this episode "the best thing about BJJ"

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This week we have a conversation with the grappling referee David Karchmer. David has been a BJJ Black Belt since 2012. He has officiated over 3,500 gi and no-gi matches for multiple organizations.

We talk about:

  • This reason for his website The Grappling Referee
  • Doing video education for interesting calls in BJJ matches
  • How enforcing the borders is different between organizations and individual referees
  • When to move grapplers back to the middle of the mat
  • The role of safety in border enforcement
  • What happens when two competitors fly off the mat
  • What is done when a submission attempt ends up out of bounds
  • Getting submitted by a move that is not intended to be a submission
  • When it is appropriate to talk to the referee
  • How injuries are handled from a referee's point of view
  • Kids vs Adults rules
  • When a referee should stop a match
  • Common mistakes competitors make
  • Remembering to control long enough to get you points
  • Bending the rules
  • Advice for people that want to be a referee
  • Finding a mentor for being a referee

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Quote of the week: "Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from." Seth Godin

Article of the week: Properly Responding to Feedback to Get Better At BJJ

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This week we talk with BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas about the elements of performance. You will find Jonathan training and teaching at Valhalla Jiu-Jitsu in Gothenburg Sweden.

We talk about:

  • His early history and success in BJJ
  • Some of his favorite techniques
  • Training according to your body type
  • "If you cant do the move in sparing you cant do the move"
  • The five factors that define performance Technique, Strength, Mobility, Endurance, Mindset
  • How some people put too much emphasis on the mental side of BJJ
  • How to actually learn from your losses
  • How to properly develop technique
  • How he runs a class
  • Finding a training partner to get extra training
  • How to avoid being in a plateau
  • Advice on how to develop your game
  • Using competition footage to learn
  • Building strength for BJJ
  • Training while injured
  • Steroid use in BJJ
  • Training for better endurance
  • Being nervous is normal
  • The limits of confidence
  • Diet and nutrition

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Quote of the week:  "Controlling your time helps overcome frustration and brings life into balance and order, giving you the feeling of control and poise."  Bill Newman

Article of the week: The Artist v The Athlete

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This episode we have interviews with Jake Fox, Tim Sledd, and Roli Delgado. This is a great preview of the first BjjBrick Event. The event will be June 22, 23, 24 in Wichita Kansas at Fox Fitness. We hope to see you there!

Jake talks about

Tim talks about

  • The concept of Small Axe
  • How he teaches a kids seminar
  • Why he teaches a particular way

Roli talks about

  • Teaching leg locks
  • Running his school in Little Rock
  • The leg lock Osage Crunch

Contact FoxFitnessBJJ@gmail.com if you have question about the BjjBrick Summer Camp. Here is the event page of Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1832580536773035/

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This week we discuss the issues that come up when training with people that have a significant size difference. If you are getting crushed by big people, we have some tips for you. Are you one of the bigger people on the mat and you struggle to find good rolls we offer our advice.

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We talk about:

  • When does the size difference become important
  • What positions we prefer with rolling with the larger grapplers
  • Working your best positions
  • The training advantage of the smaller grappler
  • Tips for getting good rolls when training will smaller people
  • A reminder to not judge a book by the cover when rolling with the big guys
  • Overcoming social hurdles on the mat

Quote of the week: "If you have committed a mistake in the day, make a note of it, learn about its cause and respond appropriately to resolve it and in turn boost your confidence." Lenny Olsen

Article of the week: Coaching Tip- Critique vs Correct In BJJ

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This week we have an interview with Fabio Morescalchi and Steve Norwick. Steve and Fabio are running the Twin Cities Invitational. It is an event that benefits the We Defy Foundation and Mission 22. The event will be held June 9, in Bloomington Minnesota.

We talk about:

  • Fabio's early start to BJJ
  • What BJJ can do for you off the mat
  • Building a community with BJJ
  • Mission 22 and The We Defy Foundation
  • Superfights for the Iron Axe event
  • The meaning of The Iron Axe
  • Some of the benefits of BJJ

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Quote of the week: “When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.” Bill Shoemaker

We talked about this book Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

Article of the week: 5 BJJ Tournament Tips You Must Know

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This week we have an interview with Black Belt Ultra Heavyweight Joseph Moku Kahawai. Moku is a active competitor and he is happy to cover a wide range of topics from off the mat life to training to compete with the best in the world.

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ in 2008 at BJ Penn's school
  • Moving from Hawaii to California
  • Learning takedowns as a black belt
  • Why he was a guard player
  • His training schedule
  • Overcoming difficulties as a child
  • Tips for rolling with smaller teammates
  • Advice for traveling and doing bjj
  • The story of getting his black belt after winning double gold
  • Fighting in ACB

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Quote of the week: "All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming." Helen Keller

Article of the week: Creating an Environment for Success

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This week we have an interview with Black Belt Laurence Griffiths. Laurence is a guy who looks at the fitness research and applies the information to helping you perform better on the mats.

We talk about:

  • Changing from rugby to BJJ
  • Starting BJJ with Roger Gracie
  • His first competition as a white belt
  • Some benefits of strength training for BJJ
  • How you can train off the mat like a world champion
  • How to schedule your off the mat training
  • Using kettlebells for BJJ and some recommended lifts
  • How to improve your grip strength
  • Common mistakes people make when starting a strength and conditioning program

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Quote of the week: "Goal setting is a powerful tool and process for motivating you. When effective goals are set, a giant step towards the life you desire is taken." K.C. Rowntree

Article of the week: Five tips to be welcomed in almost any gym on Earth!

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This episode we have an interview with 3rd degree black belt Diego Gamonal. Diego trains under Professor Ricardo Marques. You will find him training and teaching in San Antonio Texas.

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ in 1998
  • The culture of Brazilian Top Team
  • His strategy for competing
  • Advice for your first tournament to help you keep it in perspetive
  • Why he likes to have a beginners class
  • How he does belt testing
  • Having a women's only class
  • The importance of learning how to teach before you get a black belt
  • How to help kids discover BJJ
  • His new DVD The Invisible Armbar

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Tip: Eat better the days you train.

Question: What are some things you can do to slow someone down?

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Do you play a tight BJJ game that limits your opponent, or do you play a loose game that involves many different elements.

We talk about:

  • Define tight and loose games
  • What do we tend to play
  • Who should play loose
  • Who should play tight
  • what is better for learning
  • what is better for performance

Quote of the week: “Music is one of the easiest ways to motivate yourself. Listen to uplifting tracks , and songs about success - and you can't help but want to work harder” AJ Winters, The Motivation Switch

Article of the week: How Important is Your Jiu Jitsu to Your spouse?

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