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

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This week we bring Jonathan Thomas back to the show.  He has some training tips and advice that could change the way you train.

Jonathan Thomas Macarrao

We talk about:

  • Why he is traveling
  • What got him interested in strength and conditioning
  • Baseline aerobic conditioning
  • Your max heart rate ( 220- your age)
  • Playing guard vs playing a passing game
  • Developing a complete game

Links:

Quote of the week: “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” Neil Gaiman

Article of the week: "8 Steps to Finding the Perfect BJJ Gi"

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Alison is a black belt competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  This year she came in second at Black Belt IBJJF Worlds, and competed in ADCC in Brazil. She is from Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada.

Alison Tremblay

We talk about:

  • Training with her family
  • Our interview with her brother Michael Tremblay
  • The diversity of Alpha Mixed Martial Arts
  • Her full time job (it is not BJJ)
  • Going to school
  • What type of game she likes to play
  • Advice on getting the most out of rolling
  • Her experience at ADCC
  • Training for both Gi and No-gi
  • What she does to get mentally for the competition
  • Teaching the kids classes
  • Why BJJ is good for kids
  • What she was like as a blue belt
  • What she learned playing hockey that helped her in BJJ
  • Dealing with losses

Links:

Quote of the week: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." William James

Article of the week: The Unsung Jiu JiteiroYour-First-Year-Of-BJJ-artwork-1199

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mission22Mission 22 is a organization that raises awareness for Veteran suicide. It is a sad fact that 22 veterans take their lives due to PTSD every day.  Chris Papandria joins us this week to talk about Mission 22 and BJJ.

We talk about:

  • What got Chris started in BJJ
  • How Mission 22 was named
  • BJJ seminars that benefit Mission 22
  • How you can help your teammates that have PTSD
  • The importance of a team
  • The mental escape that BJJ provides
  • Having a gym that is supportive to Veterans
  • Supporting Mission 22
Chris Papandria in the middle
Chris Papandria in the middle

Links:

Quote of the week: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill

Article of the week: "Having A Good Drill Partner Is Crucial" jiujitsutimes.com

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Your-First-Year-Of-BJJ-artwork-1199

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This week we bring you an interview with one of the Dirty Dozen of BJJ Chris Haueter.  This a fun interview that covers a large range of topics, but mostly Jiu-Jitsu.

We talk about:

  • What got him involved in martial arts so early
  • Early BJJ in the United States
  • His first thoughts of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Learning moves on Youtube
  • MMA fans
  • Trying to see things from a different perspective
  • Being a "coach" vs a "master"
  • Getting a good balance with your training
  • Kids BJJ and Kids MMA
  • Violence in MMA
  • First tournament advice
  • Training on a tight schedule
  • His art work

Links: Email chaueter1041@mac.com instagram Chrishaueterart

Quote of the week: My mind's never gone very far away from what I wanted to accomplish. Dan Gable

Article of the week: The Biggest Delusion in BJJ by John Connors

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This week we have an interview with BJJ black belt Alexander Trans. Alexander is on the top of the competition scene.  He has been recently sidelined by a knee injury while competing at the worlds. Check out Alexanders Bio here.Alexander Trans

We talk about:

  • Teaching BJJ in the public schools of Abu Dhabi
  • Teaching regular classes in Abu Dhabi
  • His upcoming knee surgery
  • His plans on moving to Brazil
  • How he injured his knee during Worlds
  • His focus while he is training
  • Why he gets so many leg locks
  • What he eats before a tournament
  • Advice for dealing with nerves and adrenaline
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Advice for new students
  • Watching competition videos

Links:

Quote of the week: "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent." Calvin Coolidge

Article of the week: "How to get the most out of a BJJ class"

First year of BJJ

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Sam Spiegelman bjjThis week we have part 2 of Sam Spiegelman answering your questions about strength and conditioning. Sam is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mark Vives, he trains at New Breed Training Center.  He has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle.  Sam is also available for online consultations.

Sam answers these questions:

  • What supplements do you recommend?
  • How do you deal with cramps during training?
  • What should I ear before a competition?
  • How do I improve my flexibility?
  • What are your thought on training multiple times per day?
  • What muscle groups are used more for offence or defense?
  • If someone can roll only twice a week what off the mat training should they do?
  • Does the training mask work?
  • What tips do you have for recovery after training?
  • What apps for your phone do you recommend using for conditioning training?

Links:

Quote of the week: "Drillers make killers" presented by Gary Hull

Article of the week: "What Happened When My Son Got Beat by a Girl"

First year of BJJ

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Sam Spiegelman
Sam Spiegelman

This week Sam Spiegelman answers your questions about strength and conditioning. Sam is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mark Vives, he trains at New Breed Training Center.  He has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle.  Sam is also available for online consultations.

Sam answers these questions:

  • How often should you train when you are new to BJJ?
  • What level of Jiu-Jitsu class is best to start with?
  • Should I do extra cardio to get in shape for BJJ?
  • What are the benefits of joint mobility?
  • What is a quick and healthy breakfast?
  • When cutting weight is it necessary to run?
  • Do you need to compete in BJJ to get better?
  • How many times per week should I strength train?
  • What should your exceptions be if you are just starting a strength program?
  • What is the best strength and condition program for BJJ?

Links:

Quote of the week: "Frustration is a useless emotion" Amanda Lowen

Article of the week: "What Sharpens Iron?" sandhillsbjj

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First year of BJJ

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This week we have part 2 of our 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.

If you missed part 1 of this interview check it out first here!

Tim Sledd
Tim Sledd

In part 2 of this interview we talk about:

  • What Atos does differently than other BJJ teams
  • Systems building with your techniques
  • Drilling, and how to drill properly
  • Specific sparing and how it is used
  • Speed drills, flow drills, and fine motor skills drills
  • The culture of Atos
  • The culture of Small Axe BJJ
  • Left brain right brain confusion
  • Advice for a student doing a first tournament
  • How to start off a match strong
  • The Leg Drag

Links:

Quote of the week: ”Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler” Albert Einstein- Presented by Matt Thorton

Article of the week: "BJJ Promotions, and Lack Thereof" By: White Belt Survival Strategy

First year of BJJ

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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

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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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